Necessary Indulgence

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Project by gpeau posted 07-01-2013 03:33 PM 3284 views 25 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet was based off of David Linley’s “Bespoke Whisky Companion” he built for The Macallan Whisky company. This piece is made from two bookmatched boards of soft Maple and one of Swiss Pear. All of the veneers are shop sawn and aside from the lid and base all other boxes and drawers are hand cut dovetails. When you pull the two doors open you’ll see the dovetails (pic. 4) and the back case bottom is dovetailed as well.

The doors have magnets mortised into them so that they pull the doors closed when an inch or so away. I also added a crossbanding of swiss pear to the lid. The doors are slipped match pear veneer fronts since I was running a little low on material, with a maple accent laminated to the bottom of three of the doors to match the two maple accents on the shelf catches on the left door.

The hardware is Brusso for the doors and I tried Andrew Crawford’s Smart hinges for the lid and am really happy how they turned out. The finish is a mix of oil and poly, limiting the oil inside to only the more open areas.

The purpose may be hard to visualize without props, but when the case is fully opened you’d see up to 6 bottles behind the pear band that runs across the back case. You lift the bottle up and place it in front on the pear tray bottom. Grab a tumbler cup from the left door and make yourself a special drink. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 03:42 PM

Very nicely done. The wood is lovely and the attention to detail excellent.
I like the short grain borders. They are a favorite of mine too.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 03:45 PM


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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:53 PM

Wow. What a stunner!

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 04:08 PM

Fantastic work… Love the cabinet! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 04:42 PM

great color combo..

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 04:44 PM

It’s a very nice cabinet and you did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 04:45 PM

very nice. I love the concept and execution. Your choice of wood is really perfect and your craftsmanship flawless. I looked at the original by Linley and yours is better as far as the choice of woods.

-- Yves

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 05:07 PM

Great work…beautiful cabinet.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 08:01 PM

Beautiful work!
What are the dimensions?

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 01:24 AM

beautifully constructed cabinet!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 03:25 AM

A beautiful piece. Great wood , great craftsmanship. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 04:37 AM

Hmmm. I might have to start drinking just so I can justify making one of these… if I had the skills, the materials, the patience, the time, the money, the tools, and was still alive after Miss Honey Ma’am caught me with the stuff to put in it.
Fantastic job!!! Outstanding wood selection and execution! Thanks for posting.
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 05:04 AM

Nice work

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 05:39 AM


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#15 posted 07-02-2013 07:40 AM

Stunning workmanship!

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