Bubinga Cabinet

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Project by gashley posted 03-23-2011 11:41 PM 3149 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is the result of having some really nice veneer laying around the shop and needing to build a cabinet for a very specific space in our house. It’s built in the style of a dining room buffet/server, but sits in our living room – the dimensions and style just worked really well for the space.

It’s made from solid Bubinga with Curly Maple Veneers. The drawers and top have Madrone burl veneer diamond shapes inset into them. The top’s diamond is actually a quad bookmatch framed with the curly maple and trimmed with cocobolo for an accent.

The bubinga boards all have really exceptional color and grain, but the 8/4 board used for the top had some wonderful figure to it (you can kind of see it in last picture).

The hardware was actually one of the harder decisions on the entire cabinet (which was kind of a freeform design and building exercise for me – I kind of made it up as I went along). But the wife came through and helped me find this at the local Restoration Hardware. It’s actually my favorite thing about the cabinet!

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 11:52 PM

very neat!

The combination is grewat.
The insert and the curve on the legs are a nice touch.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 12:07 AM

Very nice, I hope to achieve this level someday!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 12:40 AM

WOW !!! Absolutely gorgeous.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 12:46 AM

I give it a double WOW. What a beautiful piece of furniture.
I could only hope to do work like that some day.
Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 01:08 AM

Amazing cabinet! I like the style and finish alot.

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 01:30 AM

Really gorgeous! I love the bookmatched diamond on the top – sweet.

-- Myanna, Boston

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 01:39 AM

Wow, this is gorgeous. :-)

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#8 posted 03-24-2011 01:46 AM

Nice looking cabinet.

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 03:26 AM

Wow wonderful work Gary

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-24-2011 03:40 AM

a piece you can be proud of :-)
I like your handles on the drawers

thank´s for sharing it with us

take care

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#11 posted 03-24-2011 04:06 AM

Absolutely beautiful Gary! You can deliver it on Sat if you want to, i’ll be home all day.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#12 posted 03-24-2011 05:19 AM

Great cabinet, I love the design and choice of woods.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#13 posted 03-24-2011 06:52 AM

I like the clean and crisp look of the contrast in the bubinga and maple; the curve on the outside of the legs is great. the legs really stick out; kinda like the Morris twins.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#14 posted 03-24-2011 06:57 AM

Justice to a fine piece of timber

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 03-24-2011 03:09 PM

You certainly didn’t butcher those pieces of wood! Wow! I suppose it was just something you whipped up out of scraps over a couple of weekends? Excellent design and execution. Kudos.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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