Burke Family Wine Cabinet

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Project by woodwasp posted 02-08-2015 06:45 AM 817 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cabinet under commission from Michael Burke it was his desire to have an interesting cabinet that would firstly house his collection of very fine red wines and secondly to become a treasured family heirloom.
As the designer and builder I wanted to provide a cabinet of high quality that was interesting and away from the normal expectations of a wine cabinet.
The primary timber is Australian Red cedar, the inlays and highlights are rock Maple and Walnut.
I wanted for there to be more to the cabinet than wine storage and I wanted the shelves to be interesting to look at whenever a bottle was removed, so the wine racks are made from strips of cedar held together by random length pieces of Rock Maple and Walnut. The shelves each have an inlay strip in the front and the upper shelf has the Burke family crest inlaid into the shelf face. This shelf face hinges down to reveal the 3 living generations of the Burke family, their full names and dates of birth.
The wave top of the cabinet conceals two hidden compartments one which contains a photo album I produced of the building process so that in years to come the work involved will be there for all to see. The other for the family to add to as the years pass.
There is an engraved inlaid plaque in the wave top expressing Michael’s philosophy of life, there is also an inlaid plaque below the bottom shelf that tells the story of the wine cabinet, friendship, good red wine and the enjoyment of life. In all around 320 hours of careful work. It was an honour to be asked to make something that is destined for future generations and I feel very proud that I was chosen to make it.
Thankfully the family all love it and the one most likely to inherit it is over the moon.

-- James -- Mooroopna Australia

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 09:42 PM

amazing piece! and not just the workmanship but the extras like the hidden compartments, plaque. This is more than a wine cabinet. This is destined to be a treasured keep sake.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 02:30 PM

Beautiful. I can only hope I have the patience to build something like that someday.

-- Ron, Montana

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