The problem with large projects is that they can seem much more intimidating than they really are.
Take this wardrobe, for instance. You might think a project this size would be really complex. Especially when you add some options like the four-drawer inner case. But the inner case just slides inside the wardrobe. And the rest of the joinery isn't complicated at all. Just simple mortise and tenon joints, rabbets, and stub tenon and groove joints.
Even the curved upper rails on the doors are easier than they look. Rather than buy a special router bit, I cut the groove to hold the door panels before the curve is cut. It's deeper than usual, but it can be done on the table saw, and it also lets me avoid cutting curves on the panels that fit into the rail.
Another question that often comes up with large projects is cost. After all, hardwoods can be expensive. But take a closer look. Much of what you see is plywood, not hardwood. Both the door and side panels are made up of two layers of Vi" cherry plywood placed back-to-back. Two layers are used because W plywood has only one good face. And I wanted the doors to look as good when they were opened as when they were closed.
Overall Dimensions: 72" x 46" x 22" Hardwood: 9.3 bd. ft. of 814 cherry 33.6 bd. ft. of 514 cherry 31.8 bd. ft. of 4/4 cherry 22.4 bd. ft. of 4/4 maple Plywood: Four 4x8 sheets of 1M" cherry
UPPER BACK RAIL
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UPPER BACK , PANEL
LOWER BACK PANEL
2V2" x 2" extruded brass hinge
NOTE: Side panels and door panels made from two layers of 'A" plywood set back-to-back
• (3 pair) 2V2" x2" Extruded Brass Hinges
Groove is cut in J . door rail before J arc is cut I
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