Krenov inspired wine cabinet

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Project by alexsutula posted 05-28-2010 07:25 AM 10535 views 53 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made out of walnut and mahogany with a solid cherry back and 4 coats of Formby’s tung oil mix and a coat of paste wax. This was my first experience with an oil finish, in the past I used forms of poly urethane and laqour, needless to say I will be using oil finishes from now on. You just can’t beat the fact that dust will not effect the finish

I finished it a couple months back and had it in the shop accumulating dust. I finally got it to my moms basement where I could take pics with my new photo equipment (looks like I have a new hobby). I started building it with only an idea in mind and figured out dimensions as I went along (I gotta stop doing that). I had to cut 4 inches from the front and back, it looked awkward.

I hand-cut the dovetails for all 6 drawers and used sliding dovetails for the case and shelf along with the frame for the drawers. I the pulls are shop made and took about a day to do, good thing i made extras. I enjoyed building this piece a lot and I hope I can find a sucker (joking) to buy it off me at one of the art festivals I am in this summer.

It is rare that I see a comment posted of someone that doesn’t like the work shown. I am doing my best to make a career out of this so I would like for anyone to be candid about their true feelings about this project, my feelings won’t be hurt.

Thanks for looking

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 07:39 AM

Outstanding piece wonderful workmanship so impressive


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#2 posted 05-28-2010 07:43 AM

Gorgeous cabinet. Nice dovetail work and the pulls are fabulous. I love how the combination of woods work together.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 07:43 AM

Now, she’s a beauty. Very nicely done. Krenov would be proud.
I love the idea for the door handles.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 08:19 AM

That’s really nice!

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 08:21 AM

Gorgeous cabinet. James would be proud

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 11:51 AM

Well that is the epitome of fine woodworking… I take my hat off to you… keep up the outstanding work..

-- Be safe.

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 12:39 PM

She’s a beauty. Great wood, lovely details, i.e. handles etc. My only nitpick is the dovetails?? under the cabinet doors…to my eye (and it is just my eye) they break up the sleek front of this lovely cabinet. (my opinion is worth what you paid for it) It is a real nice piece & I think you’ve done a great job

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 12:58 PM

Very nice and creative! I’m with yeah on doing projects on the fly.

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 01:56 PM


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#10 posted 05-28-2010 02:12 PM

I don’t for a second feel qualified to tell you what is right or wrong with this project. IMHO, I think it is absolutely gorgeous. I mostly make boxes and one of the hardest parts for me is the handles. The handles on this are just fantastic. The overall design, wood combo and finish are beautiful.
I would have to agree with michelletwo on the dovetails under the doors.
This is something I would be proud to have in my home. I think the fact that it was favorited by Dennis should tell you all you need to know. :)
Wonderful job and thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 02:16 PM

Fine Woodworking indeed. Great wood combo!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#12 posted 05-28-2010 03:55 PM

Well enough of this feel good, congratulations stuff. This project is so bad, you need to ship it to my house immediately! You can thank me later for taking it off your hands.

ps….it looks like you have a very promising career in your future with this level of work. Keep it up.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#13 posted 05-28-2010 03:57 PM

I really like the leg shape, alot. Very graceful curve. YOU ASKED FOR IT! I actually like the back wood better than the door panel wood and think that combination would have worked better. The panel makes the walnut show too purple. DUDE, what is up with that hardware. You built a $4000 + cabinet, you might need to spend 100 dollars on nice brass hardware. SOSS would hard worked well. One more thing, before you call me an asshole, the wine rack is great for a utilitarian piece but it makes the piece look very heavy. I would love to see a pic with it removed. Krenov, I feel, used the stands to draw the eye to the top. Your craftsmanship is top notch. I love the door pulls, great detail. What is the combination. Black walnut and American Walnut? BW in the panel?

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#14 posted 05-28-2010 04:01 PM

beautiful piece.

Ironically I’m in the middle of designing one of those myself. however I plan on having the bottles IN the cabinet to keep them out of sunlight, and in a more temperature controlled environment – this however calls the cabinet to be very deep, which at present moment doesn’t work too well with proportions. still have to work some more on the details – looking at your piece reminds me what it SHOULD look like!

looks great.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 05-28-2010 04:16 PM

Magnificent. The details and craftsmanship are apparent. The branded logo is a nice touch. I would’ve liked to see the legs flare out to a thicker base as an Asian influence. As elegant and graceful as your legs are, I think it looks a bit top heavy. That’s probably because of the cabinet. As I look at the pics again, the legs would be perfect if the base was a stand-alone piece.

For future pieces, you could almost go with Maloof-shaped legs blending into the stretchers, which would give it a completely different look, while almost being the exact same piece. I think a very dark wood for the pulls would be very attractive (i.e. ebony, ebonized walnut, etc.).

The top cabinet looks like it’s made from different species than the base, but your writeup doesn’t indicate that. Is it because the wood was naturally different and there was no staining in your finish?

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