|Project by Andy Brownell||posted 08-20-2011 04:14 AM||2343 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a medicine cabinet that I have built for an upcoming woodworking show here in Cincinnati. It was a gift for my wife’s 40th birthday. This piece was a nice challenge for me including some pretty thin half-blind dovetails on the drawers, carcass construction and some tricky door hinges.
Clearly influenced by Shaker design, I opted to build this around the grain patterns on the amazing curly cherry. The tops of the drawers and the door panels follow a flowing horizontal layout, including some sapwood at the tops of the drawers and the inside bottom of the case. The flow of the grain reminds me of waves on a beach, or the undulations of a sand dune where I grew up. The drawer and door pulls are 8 degree trapezoids, mimicking the dovetailed case and drawers.
The cherry is from a single piece of highly figured curly cherry, and the back panels, shelf and drawer insides are made from some locally salvaged rock maple. The finish is Watco Danish oil, wet sanded to 600 grit, then finished with a coat of wipe on polyurethane and butchers wax. The overall dimensions are 26” x 14” x 6”.
I plan on making a cabinet of similar dimensions, but with different joinery techniques and materials for the Woodworking in America Conference this fall in Cincinnati. Come visit me at the Gorilla Glue booth if you are in town.
-- Andy Brownell