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Project by Simeond posted 01-28-2021 04:03 AM 722 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cabinet for myself as an experiment with things I don’t normally do. First, I wanted a mid century look. Second, I wanted bold color (I NEVER paint!). And Third, I wanted to play around with texturing.

The case is painted poplar. The doors are spalted ash. The legs are walnut and the drawer fronts are walnut burl veneer. I think I might add interesting door pulls.

It’s definitely different for me…. Ha!

Any and all critique welcome.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com





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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 01-28-2021 05:14 AM

Wow. That is very, very different. To be honest I can’t decide if I like it or not but I can’t help but look at it because there is so much going on. I can’t imagine what design process when on in your mind. So unusual. Thanks for posting.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 01-28-2021 05:54 AM

You nailed the mid century look. I don’t understand the open back – you gotta keep the cat out! LOL

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 01-28-2021 06:59 AM

WOW!!!! Bold statement there.

I am like Craftsman on the lake, kinda on the fence. But I love that spalted Ash resaw for the doors, what awesome in the face HELLO from them. I too wonder about the open back.

-- Think safe, be safe

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 01-28-2021 09:37 AM

Interesting and bold. Tho color combination together with the doors and drawers is great. The textured parts does not work for me and is just too much – a dark color, round shapes in the blue cabinet AND textured, way too much. I´d say keep the outside plain blue and let the doors shine. Then, when the cainet is opened there is a surprize waiting with the red color and the veneered drawers.

Would love to see a #2 of this concenpt, you have something special going here

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

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Peteybadboy

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#5 posted 01-28-2021 11:35 AM

Very interesting. I like to bold colors and texture. I would wrap the end grain on the doors however.

Cool project.

-- Petey

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Simeond

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#6 posted 01-28-2021 12:17 PM



You nailed the mid century look. I don t understand the open back – you gotta keep the cat out! LOL

- Madmark2

Haha!

I just hadnt attached the back for the photos! Honestly, I forgot!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com

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Simeond

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#7 posted 01-28-2021 12:20 PM



Very interesting. I like to bold colors and texture. I would wrap the end grain on the doors however.

Cool project.

- Peteybadboy

Thanks.

I debated about this. Usually, if I’m attaching a shop made veneer like this to ply, I would wrap the corners. But in this case, I made the ply. That’s 5 layers of shop made solid maple ply. So, my thought was to leave it shown – like an exposed joint so to speak. But in the end, it still just looks like a regular ply. So, you’re ultimately probably right…. :)

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com

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Simeond

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#8 posted 01-28-2021 12:22 PM



Interesting and bold. Tho color combination together with the doors and drawers is great. The textured parts does not work for me and is just too much – a dark color, round shapes in the blue cabinet AND textured, way too much. I´d say keep the outside plain blue and let the doors shine. Then, when the cainet is opened there is a surprize waiting with the red color and the veneered drawers.

Would love to see a #2 of this concenpt, you have something special going here

- kaerlighedsbamsen

Thanks!

I think there are two different cabinets to come. Yes me takes the texture out and one leaves it in, but allows it to be more of the focus.

I agree this combination has too much going on.

So now I have an excuse to make more!

Appreciate the feedback!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 01-28-2021 02:11 PM

That’s eye-catching all right! I think I agree with others that the texturing, while interesting, is too much. Still, fun experiment!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Redoak49

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#10 posted 01-28-2021 02:11 PM

I love the doors and the texture. I am not a fan of the blue paint.

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pottz

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#11 posted 01-28-2021 03:58 PM

pretty dang cool,that spalted ash is wild.i love your creativity with this but it’s not something i would have in my home.nice work though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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splintergroup

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#12 posted 01-28-2021 04:00 PM

Yeah, the blue is kind of distracting for me as well, but that all comes down to style choices and what works in your home. The doors and drawer fronts are what catch my eyes 8^)

Experiment on! It’s how we refine our work.

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cathyb

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#13 posted 01-28-2021 04:45 PM

I think their are two cabinets who came together in an interesting marriage. I appreciate the effort to create the texturing rapping the corner. It is delightful. The book-matching is spot on, both inside and out. It gives a feeling of richness and shows off your impressive skills as a craftsman. I would definitely wrap the doors, since not doing so reduces the impact of that beautiful spalted ash. The drawers are lovely as well.
I totally agree with Madmark 2 about adding a back to the cabinet, not only for structural support but also to hold the design intended. An open back reveals the wall of the room behind, which may not be a desired look when opening the doors.
I can’t immediately articulate why the legs seem to be throwing me off. I suppose they detract from the spalted doors, which are so beautiful. I would not have an element pulling my eye in a different direction, which the legs seem to do.
As an artist, color is my world. I love red and turquoise. It would be amazing to see the colored cabinet with the texturing as the doors and some funky feet. As a complete surprise, keep the beautiful drawers inside. Those spalted doors, I would use on a different cabinet with rich wood inside and out.
Overall, I love your boldness in this design. You are quite an amazing craftsman!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 01-28-2021 05:13 PM

It’s bold and very unique. Sure not for some people but a real conversation starter.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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freestateworker

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#15 posted 01-29-2021 01:38 AM

I agree that you hit mid century modern dead on. I like the piece in the same way that I like a lot of mid century modern—very creative design, beautifully executed but I can’t imagine where I would put it. I’d love to know somebody who owned such a piece and the right furniture to go with it. It would be great to sit in a room with such bold design and colors, but my own design timidity would make me happy to leave it behind when I went home.
All that said, this is just an incredible piece of work. I’m glad you’re going to continue experimenting down this path. It is just a wonderful piece of work and I’m certain all of its cousins will be equally arresting and fascinating.

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