|Project by JayG46||posted 10-12-2014 09:15 AM||1776 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This piece was built for a couple that lived in Japan for a while and said that they had several pieces of Japanese furniture at their home up north. They gave me some basic dimensions (48” wide, 44” tall, 18” deep), picked cypress as for the wood and specified that they would be using this to store dry goods and other overflow from their small kitchen. Other than that, the design was left open.
A couple pieces of the cypress had small metal balls embedded in it, which I assume are bird shot pellets. They left brownish stains in the wood and can be seen in a few places if one looks closely enough. Hues of blue, pink and purple are also present in the wood.
Almost everything on the cabinet is bookmatched from 8/4 cypress, with the exception of the doors (which are single panels from 4/4 material). The doors are double tongue and grooved, which hides the joint and gives them a clean look. Stainless steel piano hinges guide the bi-fold doors and create a smaller footprint than two ~24” doors swinging outward. Rare earth magnets hold the doors closed and once opened, attract to the outside piano hinge. I made the the door pulls from walnut with the table saw, band saw an belt sander, with a combination of curves and bevels.
The base, made of rift-sawn material, has a compound angle splay and occupies 16” of the 44” height.
Inside, I used bird’s mouth shelf supports out of red oak for the 4 shelves. Spanish cedar lines the cabinet, absorbing moisture and providing a pleasant aroma when opened.
Thanks for checking it out.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi