Breakfront display cabinet

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 1013 days ago 1881 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Can you do curved stuff?” That was the first question my client asked when I went to look at this project. “It’s to fit in an arched alcove…”
I ended up producing three concepts of a display cabinet to fit into this unusual space, not antique – but not modern either. Anyway this is the one he chose.
American black walnut, black walnut veneered mdf. Becker Acroma AC Satin lacquer finish, The centre panels with the round top are fixed – a quirky feature that I liked from older pieces of furniture I’d seen, the frill on the centre piece is three drawers with push to open drawer sides on them – the only thing I’m not happy with on this is you can see the slides. Of course when I installed the lights in the arched top, the spots were shining across at an angle, so I ended up making some angled bezels with two hole saws and the bandsaw to compensate. Pic 6 will give you an idea of the scale of this job.
The curved cornice was much easier to make than I thought. I drew the frieze rail and cornice in Adobe Illustrator, broke it into three parts and made templates to fit all the pieces, screwed them to the timber, shaped them with a flush bearing guided bit, then did the cove and the roundover. They all fitted together really well.

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#1 posted 1013 days ago

Amazing ,a beautiful piece and so very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1013 days ago

Wonderful! That is a big project – your client should be really happy. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 1012 days ago

A lovely and stunning piece! Very well proportioned, great job.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 1012 days ago

Fantastic work. Beautifull wood and finish. I read you bio and you started woodworking in 06? Brother Man you certainly have the right stuff.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 1012 days ago

Beautiful work.
That piece would enhance any room it’s placed in.
Black Walnut is my favorite I think.
Good job !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 1012 days ago

What a great looking piece.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 1012 days ago

Great looking and great details:)

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#8 posted 1011 days ago

very nice cabinet I cant believe this ist a top 3 choice who is voting this out it is clearly one of the best pieces in days why was it shunned unfair i demand a recount

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ where we allow free speech

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#9 posted 1011 days ago

Gorgeous! Stunning! Gigantic!

Everything about this piece is simply spectacular. Thanks for the last picture to show us just how huge it is.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 1011 days ago

I feel soooo unnessary!!! everybody’s got talent but me….. (no. I am not feeling sorry for myself.. I just wish my talents matched all y’all’s… I see such fine work here… I’m still working with pine because when I err, it doesn’t cost so much… except in the case of the moxon vise. Keep up the great work, guys!!

-- TNJames

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#11 posted 1010 days ago

Beautiful cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 1009 days ago

Breakfront. Beyond beautiful!!!!!!!

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#13 posted 1007 days ago

ok now seriously why is this not a top 3 pick can anyone tell me i dont think it is fair have you seen some of the dumb stuff that made the top3 and great work like this gos for not it is unfair well i five you two thumbs up bro it is really nice

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ where we allow free speech

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404 - Not Found

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#14 posted 1007 days ago

Thanks for all your comments, Dude, posting projects is not a competition. It’s nice to get positive feedback from fellow LumberJocks who appreciate what goes into a job like this. More important than getting into the top 3 is the fact that two of my client’s neighbours have asked for my number for big jobs they want doing in the New Year.
Thanks again.

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Edward Pickney

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#15 posted 872 days ago

I’ve seen a lot of projects on Lumberjocks and this one of my favorites. The wood choice, design, finish, all exquisite.

-- Ed-

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