|Project by cathyb||posted 02-06-2011 06:38 PM||2175 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
I finished this piece last week. It stands 44 inches tall and 11 inches deep and 15 inches wide. For the most part I am pleased with the result, but there are some things I would have changed: Although I was sure that I wanted the pulls to be fashioned from the same wood as the doors, I think I’d like them better if they had been made from the rosewood. The inlay on the edge of the top didn’t enhance the piece, I should have had a recessed layer of rosewood as the subtop with the koa on top. I think the magnetic pull is a distraction. A better solution would have been to have the doors close against a strip of wood inside the frame with recessed rare earth magnets. Ahh yes, but the next cabinet will have those changes.
The elements that I do like about this pieces, besides that awesome koa, are several: I like the repeating book-matching; the framed shelving; the curved legs with the inlay; the rosewood accents and the overall shape and size.
The take home message that I’d like to share is how I used my bandsaw to resaw all of my elements. The sides are a laminate of koa with mahogany and the doors are a laminate of koa with koa. What I like about the laminate work is that it gives a little surprise when you open the cabinet doors, not only are the sides book-matched on the exterior, but the mahogany is book-matched as well. Admittedly it takes longer, requires more set up time, more gluing and more WORK, but it’s worth the effort. Moreover, all the exterior wood came from two 8/4 boards. With laminating that wood to another species you can really stretch the material and get a well balanced piece.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com