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    Architectural Wall Cabinet by Nancy Hiller Interpretation

    This design was created by Nancy R. Hiller and published in the October 2018 issue of FWW magazine. Her design used a wall paper background for the open shelf. I chose to use a carving for the background instead. The only other change I made from Nancy's design is the thickness of the back panels. My lower back panel 3/8" thick. And the carved panel is 3/4" thick. Nancy used 5/16" for her backs.

    This was my first attempt at handcut dovetails and thru mortises. I was sure I was going to ruin a piece before I got all the joints cut. While all the joints are not perfect, I was able to hide the mistakes pretty good.

    I made this as a wedding gift for my daughter. Its Sapele with a Basswood carving. Finish his Tried and True Danish Oil with 3 over coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish, and a final coat of microcrystalline wax. I chose swans because they are a symbol of fidelity and mate for life.



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    Tom, very nicely done. Particularly impressed with your carving skills. Best, Patrick

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    Beautiful cabinet Very well done.

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    That's just gorgeous! It's a fine wedding gift..
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    Wonderfully executed!
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    The whole thing is great, but the carving is terrific !! I would have picked a nice pic from a magazine and carefully glued it on. Yes. It can
    take an hour or more to find just the right one , but I love the hunt !

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    Thanks everyone.

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    I like it too. Not something we see everyday
    Aj

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    The carving is a tasteful addition to a lovely wedding present!
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    2nd what all have said - particularly the carving. Nice job Tom.
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    Man, that is gorgeous!

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    Well done, Tom. Wish I had your carving skills. Congrats on your daughter’s wedding!

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    Such a unique piece with beautiful carving. Really nice work Tom!

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