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Forum topic by cuttertwice posted 01-14-2010 12:58 AM 1871 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2010 12:58 AM

In this blog I wanted to get some feed back on a china cabinet that is going to built into the wall in a dinning room. The wood of choice is Red Maple instead of Mahogany for cost reasons. I’ll use veneer on the lower drawers at the very bottom and put jewlery case lighting in the top section for case lighting. The back wall of the cabinet will be bead board like the original and the bowed glass in the doors will be old style with some air bubbles and a slight green tint to keep in the orignality of the theme. The bead boards in the back will get painted a muted dark green color or a water based stain , not sure yet what that will look like till I test it. The case will be red oak in color to give a mahogany look and a tung oil finish as this helps preserve the wood. A shiney look would not be approiate for this project as the original didnot look that way until someone varnished it quite a few years ago. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to restore something to a modern look, I’m just saying. I haven’t figured out the cost and probably won’t because it might scare me to death. The glass alone will be the biggest cost. as this room is going to have stained glass in the 2 windows that my wife and I are going to make , They will be art decco style to match the seat cushons of the chairs that we have started but not yet finished. The wood that I have will have to be resawn and there shouldn’t be any laminate work if I figure the wood corectly. I’m lucky to have been the proud recipiant of 800 board feet of Red Maple 4” thick and up to 24+ inches wide by ten feet long. These were big trees for sure, as we have some Pecan trees around here that are 40inches in dia. and being in Texas well pecan trees are not junk trees but fruit bearing nut trees and thoes little pecans arn’t cheap. ou could say there protected with a shotgun LOL! Red Oak is abundent here in N.E. Texas, so thats the wood of choice for local folks. Sincerly: Ole cuttertwice

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 06:46 AM

Sounds really cool! Red oak looks like mahogany? I like the stained glass idea. Interesting design choice. Art Deco was the precursor to Greene & Greene. No wonder I like it. Wow! 800 board feet? You should be able to furnish an entire bungalow with that! It sounds like you’ve done your research, but have you considered using low voltage rope lighting in the top? A lot of light for little heat/electricity. Please keep us posted with a blog when you evolve past the design phase. BTW, how are you going to support the wall if a rather wide hutch will be inset?

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