Woodsmith

Ageless Armoire

This whimsical wardrobe’s youthful vibe is just a front. Underneath the young, perenniall­y optimistic look is a cabinet that mellows with age.

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This armoire challenges woodworkin­g rules on several fronts. Like using hardwood on the inside, and plywood on the outside. To me, it hearkens back to the years of dealing with eye-rolling fits, and chilly shoulders from teenagers who want to do things their own way.

But as you see here, what at first might seem naive or over the top actually works quite well. Who would have thought that painted edges of Baltic birch plywood that are then chamfered would look so good? And the cherry veneer fronts calm the look and provide balance to the whole. On occasion, youth isn’t wasted on the young.

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