Alan Peters inspired Oak Cabinet

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Project by travisowenfurniture posted 03-26-2011 07:43 PM 2873 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is made from white oak. The shelf inside is Chinquapin and maple. The finish is Danish oil, shellac, and wax. It was designed as a wall cabinet but would be equally effective as a sideboard. The design is simple and straightforward, inspired by the work of Alan Peters. The main design element is how the stiles meet the rails, and the “Chinese mitres” on the side panels. The last picture shows how the stiles meet the rails. It was taken before the finish was applied and before the doors were hung.

I call it “Alan Peters inspired” because of his use of flat areas, straight lines, and subtle design elements. I feel like it was successful.

It measures 7’ wide by 33” tall by 14” deep. The shelf is adjustable 2” up or down.


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#1 posted 03-26-2011 08:39 PM

Travis: That sure is a nice job. I thought for a minute there was a groove through the middle of the door. It sure is a compliment of your skill and patience at your young age. I see bigger and greater craftsmanship in your future. Is Chinquapin a species of Oak?

-- Roy Montana

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 06:06 AM

Yes, Chinquapin is a species of Oak. There is also a species of Chestnut. The Oak is light colored with an open grain. It polishes to a smooth high gloss and smells sweet compared to ordinary white oak, though it still smells characteristically “oak” when cut. Apparently, the Chinquapin produces the sweetest acorn of all the Oaks. I bought the wood at my local Ace for 99 cents a LINEAR foot!


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#3 posted 03-30-2011 05:35 AM

Nice looking cabinet.

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