Standing Cabinet In Walnut

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Project by JayG46 posted 11-03-2014 11:03 AM 1891 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago, I read “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook” by James Krenov. It was not very structured but there were tons of great tidbits and inspiration to be found. I had wanted to do a standing cabinet like this for a long time and reading that book gave plenty of motivation.

I had a bunch of 3/4” walnut that I bought last year off of Craiglist that was not great material in general but I thought would be perfect for this project. There were some boards that were fairly plain – great for the sides – and some that was beautifully figured – which went into the door panels and top.

First I made the base, which utilizes laminated joinery. They are basically bridle joints made up of three components – two short and one long or two long and one short. It’s a fairly simple technique but difficult to describe in text. The compound angle splay, however, complicates things a bit. The case uses a variation on the finger joint which is similar to the technique used for the base, reinforced with screws.

Inside, the shelves and dividers are made from wide pieces of cherry with a cherry plywood back. I lined the area underneath the drawers with Spanish cedar and finished the inside with my cutting board treatment containing tea tree oil and beeswax, which gives it a nice scent when you open the door.

The door pull was cut out of a beautiful walnut blank that had a bark inclusion and crotch figuring. It took quite a bit of sanding to get it smooth and flowing but I’m happy with how it came out.

The one practical use for this thing would probably be as a cocktail cabinet. You could put accessories in the drawers, bottles in the middle and glasses on top. But this wasn’t really meant to be a functional piece of furniture as much as a platform for design. Of course, Krenov also wrote “The Impractical Cabinetmaker” and this one probably falls squarely into that category.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 12:13 PM

What a unique piece. This turned out beautifully!

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 02:14 PM

Beautifull rustic design. I like those connected handles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 03:05 PM

You have lots of really nice elements with this design. The whole thing works for me,very well done!
G Vavra

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 03:12 PM

Excellent! I love everything about your cabinet.

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 03:47 PM

Very cool piece. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 03:07 AM

Awesome design you did great and thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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