Cupboard in solid cherry, door and drawer fronts in black and white ebony veneer

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Project by Bernard58 posted 01-01-2017 02:05 PM 5033 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The curved sides of this cabinet are made made from 15 mm thick steam-bent boards of cherry.
I have textured the top and sides by routing parallel grooves into them, an idea I got from John Lee (check, he’s a wonderful designer). The end result provides a somewhat “retro” effect, not unlike the design of some of the vintage radios from the forties and fifties I used to collect as another hobby of mine. Drawer sides are maple and drawer bottoms cedar.

The drawer fronts and door panels are made by applying “black and white ebony” veneer to 18 mm plywood panels, using Titebond for cold press veneering. The veneer is applied using a home-made vacuum press.The edges of the plywood are lined with strips of wengé. Drawer pulls, door knobs and legs are also wengé.

Black and white ebony (Diospyros malabarica) is a South-east Asian hardwood related to ebony, and has a striking black and white pattern. It’s quite expensive and therefore available mostly as veneer.

The veneer had a few holes in it due to knots. Rather then trying to hide those, I chose to accentuate them by filling them up and applying gold leaf.
Finishing was two coats of Danish oil and one coat of wax.

Feel free to check my website for more details on the building process.

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 02:15 PM

Wow… that’s a very involved project. I love the textured surface on the sides and top. Did you it this before bending?

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 02:17 PM

Love it!! Very very nice! I’m going to have to check out your website.


-- MAO (Indiana)

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 02:24 PM

Nice work and very pleasing veneer matching.
The veneer is stunning. Where did you get it?
I think I’ve seen at at Certainly Wood but not sure.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 02:42 PM

Instant FAVORITE! Love the linear texture too. Very Cool.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 02:48 PM


@Mork: I first steam-bended the wood and assembled the cabinet. The grooves were routed later, using a template made from thin plywood so the template would follow the curvature of the board.

@ shipwright: I live in Belgium and stumbled on the veneer when looking around in a local lumberyard that often has all kinds of special woods for sale. No idea whether you could get hold of it easily in US or Canada.

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 02:54 PM

The figure is stunning! I have several slabs of B/W and I now know how to use them, thanks! 8^)

For some reason I think of stained glass when I see your piece, detailed in every way.

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 03:17 PM

beautiful piece

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#8 posted 01-01-2017 04:21 PM

Definitely a good piece of furniture.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#9 posted 01-01-2017 06:02 PM

Never heard of Black and White Ebony – but I want some! Beautiful job! I’ll be spending some time looking at your website…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#10 posted 01-01-2017 07:18 PM

I had a look. It was at Certainly Wood. Yours has much nicer figure however.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 01-01-2017 07:33 PM

Exceptional build. Love your work. Took a look at John Lee’s site and his work is impressive, too. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 01-01-2017 10:33 PM

This cabinet is such a nice piece and it’s very creative and beautifully crafted. It’s a wonderful eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 01-01-2017 11:48 PM

Congratulations, a very pleasing effort.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 12:18 AM

Beautiful work and design you have ther Bernard! A perfect match for the old radio.
Enjoyed the many build images on your website as well.

Would love to learn a bit more about the design; where did you find inspiration and how did you go about getting it as you wanted it?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#15 posted 01-02-2017 01:43 AM

This piece is absolutely stunning.


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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