I built this little girl’s armoire a few years back. It sold quickly and shipped to Arkansas!
I was thinking I’d build another
BIG girl sized
—but I was lead astray! It happened while digging through my stashes for “parts.” . . . So the design has changed—a little!
This project started with a door the neighbor put on the curb for garbage.
A very NICE old 4-paneled door—NOT garbage! I’m hopeful he’ll throw out a few more, he’s—remodeling.
So first—I cut the door in half.
*I see my line looks a little wonky—Ooops!
~Because I wanted to make all the door hardware a part of the overall design—I couldn’t run it through the table saw.
~And because I was too lazy to secure a long board creating a fence, I followed a chalk line to make the cut free-hand. My cut line is a little wonky in places -oh, well- it’ll be part of that “bespoke” look! ; D
1—I shaped the bottom of each side to look like feet.
2—I laid them on the floor to work over it, and tacked strips to hold it upright.
3—Then I played with the top valance I’d previously lopped off of the 90¢ dish hutch. And I cut off part of its design to simplify it for this project.
4—I ripped a 1 x 10 x 8 pine board into 2″ strips on the table saw to create the face frame and the stiles and rails of the doors. Plus, I used some of them to both stabilize and make cleats for the top and bottom of the cabinet.
5—With cleats nailed in place, I cut and installed the left and right sides of the face frame. But- I made a design change and cut them short to add a rosette and bullnose strip at the top.
6—The rosette. Whenever I see cOOl and unusual rosettes for a good price — I buy them! So I have quite a few in my stash, and the simplicity of this seemed like the best fit for my project! I cut off 2″ from the left and right sides to preserve the natural caked-on painted ends.
7—I uprighted the cabinet. It will stand about 6½ ft tall. The center will need a fixed shelf to make it all rigid/stable. So I pulled out the former top of the map-luggage handled dresser. Great thickness, perfect balance, and it was left over material!
I needed to cut the top down to 23¾” —and might want to use the outside finished edges for something else so I needed to find the center and then cut it on the table saw.
◊ TIP. Construction always means measuring and—fractions. I thought you might like to know an easy way to figure things out quickly and acurately.
Take one bite at a time—the top was 34¼” wide and needed to be cut down to 23¾”. Instead of driving yourself mad trying to subtract 23¾ from 34¼. . .
Divide the 30″ then 4″ then ¼” then add them together!
15″ + 2″ + ¹/8″ = 17¹/8″
After you find the center of the top and mark it off, measure 17¹/8″ from the center each way. There’s your exact center piece of the top! So easy right?
I figured out the placement of the center shelf and cut cleats for each side to support it.
~Nailed in the cleats
~set my top in place.
~Part of the other shelves are in and I’ll talk about a couple of the design changes next time!
8—Before I quit for the night, I cut the stiles and rails for the doors and propped them in place. I also applied my fret-work pieces (the dark pieces) to see the general look!
Can you guess what they are?
Hint—they’re upside down and inside out! Do you see it?
So far I’m $25 in —
what do ‘ya think?
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