Liquor Cabinet/Credenza

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 09-28-2014 03:47 PM 1350 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The client I built this for likes to entertain and will be using this credenza as a bar in her loft. The inspiration for this design came from a piece she saw in an import shop in her neighborhood. The original piece was the wrong size, poorly built and a bit to rustic for her taste. The design aspect she liked the best was the natural wood grate on the doors contrasting the stark black case.

After considering her entertainment needs and style cues from the import shop, I came up with a new furniture design, and custom made this credenza for her.

I made the main body from white oak, stained black and applied a satin poly finish top coat. The grid work on the doors is made from alder with a sprayed on satin lacquer.

In the left side of the credenza has a shallow drawer for her to store her cocktail napkins, corkscrew, and other supplies she may need when entertain. The draw slides are wood rails; she will never have to worry about them wearing out as plastic slides do.

The right hand side of the credenza has an adjustable shelf. The adjustment mechanism is a custom handmade wooden ladder system that supports the shelf.

The doors are held closed with magnets inlayed into the back of the door and a corresponding magnet on the edge of the bottom shelf.

Because it is going into a loft, I finished the back so if the customer wanted to use it to divide the space it would look good from all sides

Custom Credenza

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Jamie McDonald

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 04:05 PM

Love it! Like her interest, I really like the grates and the contrast. The negative space both lightens the piece and entertains the eye. Beautiful!

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 07:27 PM

Very nicely made.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 06:57 PM

How did you create the grid pattern? I’m very interested and impressed! Looks good!

-- Shelby Strempke - IOWA...GO HAWKS

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#4 posted 11-13-2014 07:04 PM

How did you create the grid pattern? I m very interested and impressed! Looks good!

- Shelbdog

I used 1/2 lap joints and cut them the same way you would a box joint

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