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Krenov Inspired Cabinets with a Surprise

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Project by descolada posted 07-21-2015 03:11 PM 1269 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gave my wife quite the surprise when I flipped the light switch while showing the her these cabinets for the first time.

This is the type of project that gets designed and built when you’re trying to decide between two different projects and the “wouldn’t it be cool if…” thought flashes in your head. I’ve always like Krenov style cabinets and was thinking through the design when I was reminded of the poor lighting and considered building a lamp with wood veneer accents first instead.

These are the cabinets I had been designing, except I replaced the solid wood doors with a hollow panel with veneered plexiglass on the front and a removable veneered ply panel on the back. In person it looks like a standard solid panel until the LED lights inside turn on. These guys add some nice ambient light to help out my relatively poorly lit living room. Pictures below show how these panels were constructed.

I gave my wife quite the surprise when I flipped the light switch while showing the her these cabinets installed in our living room.

This is the type of project that gets designed and built when you’re trying to decide between two different projects and the “wouldn’t it be cool if…” thought flashes in your mind. I’ve always like Krenov style cabinets and was trying to decide between building a pair of them or build a lamp with wood veneer panels as accent. These are the cabinets I had been designing, except I replaced the solid wood doors with a hollow panel with veneered plexiglass on the front and a removable veneered ply panel on the back. In person it looks like a standard solid panel until the LED lights inside turn on. These guys add some nice ambient light to help out my relatively poorly lit living room.

I’m using one of these as a liquor cabinet, but haven’t figured out what to do with the other. In the spirit of playful interiors for these types of cabinets I decided to use up more of my scrap pile to make the reverse mini-me cabinet for that one, but I’m not sure if I want to keep it inside or move it nearby and add some removable (maybe glass?) shelves. I really like the book-matched back panel and it’s a bit of a shame to hide it. What do you all think? I guess I can always wait until I figure out what to store in it.





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#1 posted 07-21-2015 03:40 PM

Cool idea. Reminds me of the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 04:22 PM

very enlightening :-) large lamps :-) super cabinets & a very cool idea with the interior lighting.

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 08:54 PM

Hmmm…What to say? Bright Idea! Flash of Brilliance! Way to Spark the imagination! Glowing praise is not good enough for this Shining example of your talent . Seriously – great idea, great craftsmanship, thanks for advancing our craft by Lightyears (OK, maybe that one was stretching it). :) Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 10:52 PM

ditto what leaf header said
Very cool project and another thing I’ve got to try
Thanks for sharing

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 01:08 AM

nice work!

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 07:41 AM

Lovely cabinet. And i see that you have my favorite whiskey..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 02:37 PM

Cool idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-24-2015 05:42 AM

That is indeed a Krenov with a surprise. A real outstanding project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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