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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 04-24-2009 02:16 AM 4919 reads 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So next project in the pipe is a sideboard California/Maloof rounds for the divider bits, maple drawers, cherry for everything else, and kane-tsugi doors. These are the designs I’ve come up with so far. Which do you guys like best so far (and any ideas, cool sideboards you’ve seen much appreciated)

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso



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matt garcia

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 03:14 AM

I like the top one!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 03:15 AM

The one with all the booze eh Matt :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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woodbutcher

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#3 posted 04-24-2009 03:31 AM

I like the top one as well! I think it has to do with the contrasting wood for the leg and stretcher cradle part. I also like the pigeon hole area in the center as well. This one just has more interest for me! Any chance of incorporating a small aquarium behind one of the doors, for the Whale/Goose to reside? Take care!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 04:58 AM

Hi Damien;

I’m with the the other guys also. My second choice would be the third one.

But where is the bench?

Lee

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#5 posted 04-24-2009 05:02 AM

Top one definitely. And I’m a tee-totaler, so the wine cubbies hold no special interest. It’s the leg detail and the frame and panel treatment (not familiar with that kane-tsugi style) that get my vote.

Another design thought…what about extending the legs to support a floating top that is above the cabinet’s top panel? Just a thought.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Damian Penney

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#6 posted 04-24-2009 05:07 AM

Yeah, my fave was the top one too, floating top is an interesting idea but I’m limited height wise because it fits under quite a low window.

Bench is right here Lee :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 04-24-2009 05:25 AM

And a damn fine bench it is.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 04-24-2009 05:57 AM

My 2 cent worth on scheme 1
At the risk of being to detailed I offer the following design comments/questions for your consideration:
What is the design relationship between the dark wood elements and the cabinet box? It appears that, the dark wood is meant to visually frame/support the light wood. If this is true how does the top fit into this concept? The top’s material says it belongs to the box but the projecting edge allows it to also be read as sort of a top to the ‘frame’. I believe clarifying the detail of how the vertical legs are terminated or integrated with the top along with the material selection for the top could make what is already a good design even better.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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Damian Penney

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#9 posted 04-24-2009 07:31 AM

That’s an interesting observation regards tying the legs back into the design. I’d taken the element from this piece. But upon closer inspection this design works because of the way he’s tied the frame back into the casework. Definitely something to ponder…

From Drop Box

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Damian Penney

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#10 posted 04-24-2009 07:43 AM

Here is the design with the top being framed in the darker wood

From Drop Box

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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jlsmith5963

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#11 posted 04-24-2009 08:40 AM

a couple of quick comments regarding the inspiration piece

-where the legs stop allows one to read the dark wood detail at the drawer faces to (conceptually) be the tops of the legs relocated, its a subtle but important design move
-also the tapering leg form is restated as a door detail

both design moves work to integrate the two major themes of the piece, if you wanted to you could use these design moves (without mimicking the exact forms) to further develop/refine your design

good luck with the pondering

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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bfd

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#12 posted 04-24-2009 05:53 PM

Hi Damian,

Definitely the first option. I really like the way the leg stops short of the top and how the top floats over the case. I don’t think that edging the top in a darker wood works in this design. I find the visual weight of the dark wood edge weighs the foating top down. Go with your gut! I would keep it how you originally showed the top and bevel or round the bottom edge to help reinforce the floating effect. It is one of the details that makes the inspiration piece so successful. I also agree that the handles shape and species type should mimic the leg detail. What if you made them rectangular in shape and they have a subtle concave shape to them like your legs have. Drawers I would orient the pull horizontally and doors verticallly. The round knobs to me just seem out of place. I absolutely love the door detail you are showing. This will be another beautiful design of yours that I look forward to seeing. BTW – You should come to Sacramento Wood Show tomorrow. A bunch of us are meeting there at 10AM.

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Damian Penney

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#13 posted 04-24-2009 06:54 PM

Hey Brian, yeah I didn’t like how the edging looked either – too heavy – another option I toyed with was just having the bottom 1/8” of the top in a darker wood. There is a bevel on the underside of the top that you can’t really see in those pics, very similar to my Whisky table, but in this case the top is directly attached to the case like in the inspiration piece, I could play around with floating it but I’m a little leery of a) making it too busy, and b) reducing the case size to fit it in (I have a height limitation due to where it’s going to live) I do love floating tops though…

With regards handles, hadn’t really gotten that far, the round pulls were just super easy to do in sketchup :) but I like the idea of echoing the legs.

Unfortunately I’m all booked this weekend, would have liked to meet you guys, have fun :)

Thanks for all the input guys, really appreciate it.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 04-24-2009 07:20 PM

the top one has a nicer arrangement of elements but the legs are a bit too bulky, and seem a bit out of place (to me) – in that regard the 3rd one looks mire tight and together in terms of harmony of the entire piece.

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Blake

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#15 posted 04-24-2009 08:37 PM

I really like the top design. One thing that you might try is exaggerating the size of the legs just a little.

My personal preference would be to do the front in all cherry (without the maple) but that’s just me. There is enough going on in the design to keep it to just cherry and maybe dark legs.

Very cool design by the way. This will be beautiful.

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