|Project by LiveEdge||posted 06-22-2015 10:49 PM||2896 views||19 times favorited||29 comments|
Can you combine rustic and elegant in one piece of furniture? I sought to find out as I decided to build a liquor cabinet for our dining room. I wanted to use alder for the body of the cabinet to match the dining table, chandelier, and bench, but I wanted to have the doors present with a real “wow” factor. I had picked up some highly, highly figured maple at my local hardwood store and this seemed like the time to use it.
I used some cabinets I found online as a basis for the design, but I made some modifications. Because the drawers go all the way out to the doors, I chose to use finger cutouts instead of knobs. I like how the maple drawers echo the doors after the cabinet has been opened.
The doors are finished with Tung Oil Finish (which is actually linseed oil, go figure). The alder is stained and topcoated with 3-4 coats of water-based poly using a HVLP. I love how stained alder looks, but if you don’t like blotchy, then this is not the wood for you. (If you don’t mind “rustic”, then I highly encourage you to try working with some if you haven’t, it’s dreamy).
For Father’s Day my family sneakily loaded it up with all sorts of “accessories”...salt, sugar, tools, tumblers, new wine glasses, martini glasses, etc. It was an awesome present.
Thanks for taking a look!