Wall Cabinet with Bookmatched Curly/Gummy Cherry

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Project by Konquest posted 06-04-2011 08:08 AM 4087 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some down time between some paid projects and thought I would make something nice for myself. The primary wood here is Andiroba which makes a nice alternative to Mahogany. I used Andiroba for my headboard that you can see in my project gallery. The real looker here is the bookmatched cherry panels. I saw the board at the sawmill and it just screamed “Wall Cabinet”. Included is a closeup picture that just shows the panels getting finished. There is a padauk bead surrounding the panel as well. I have this thing setting in a sunny room so the woods mellow out a bit in color.

The interior of the cabinet is nothing special: blum 26mm mini clip hinges and shelves sitting on pins. The shelves are edgebanded with the same end-grain lamination inlay that I used for my walnut bookcases. I have included a photo that shows what it looks like on a picture frame I made with scraps (the last photo in the set). Unfortunately, this project is going to sit unused until I renovate my master bath, which is probably at least a year away.

There is one more thing I ask when people critique or comment on this project: please let me know your input on hardware. Pulls, Knobs, Chrome, Nickel, Bronze, Copper, or shop made. What do you think would look best on this cabinet?

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 01:16 PM

I would shop make the pulls/knobs. I would not put them on the main face of the uprights of the doors. Depending on the location of the cabinet, I put them along the base. Maybe a nice ebony.

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 02:19 PM

I would also recommend shop made shaker style knobs the more narrow mushroom type, also you could find them in metal in the dark bronze color.,46742,46754&ap=1...also this web site has a very large selection so look around and have some fun…nice work on this special piece….BC

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 03:07 PM

I would go more for handles rather than little knobs on such a massive piece. I also second the either shop made out of ebony or another dark wood, or in blackened iron/ aged bronze. There’s so much vibrant color in the piece, and it needs to be off set with the hardware. You have a lot of yellow and coppery tones already, and silver tones just aren’t going to do.

It IS a stunning piece, and I also agree with letting the sun fade it a bit so it’s not so loud. Great choice in using the paduak and actually knowing that it’s going to brown up. Most of the pieces using it on LJ that I’ve seen seem to think of the wood as always staying that color.

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 04:17 PM

I like the idea of sometype of rounded nickel pulls/handles. J.M.O.
whatever you choose will look great, you obviously have a great ability to visualize a project.
Beautiful design!

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 04:53 PM

Cabinet is beautiful! What is the size?

To keep the face clean what about a magnetic touch catch? Keep the face free of any distractions.

-- Jeff

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 05:10 PM

Cabinet is 6 3/4” deep, 36” tall, and 18” wide. Keep the suggestions going! I really appreciate it! I am leaning towards aged bronze metal pulls in some kind of rustic design, or shopmade.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#7 posted 06-04-2011 05:48 PM

Absoulutly beautifull! Keep up the good work!

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 02:35 AM

Gorgeous!!! I love cherry!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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