6-wood wavy cupboard - comments / critics more than welcome!

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Project by Laurent posted 06-15-2011 10:27 AM 3410 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear LJ members (and more generally the online woodworking community),

I must start by writing that I never would have been able to build such a piece without you!
Reading LJ everyday is an amazing source of inspiration… especially as it’s not natural for me :)

Anyway, even though I’m happy with the result, I know that it’s far from a professional job, as much from a design prospective than from the execution standpoint. I’m therefore asking for constructive comments and critics on any subject. They will help me a lot even if it’s not easy sometimes :)

Carcase, top & insides in European ash; Drawers (from top left to bottom right) in Sipo, Cherry, Walnut, European oak, and Padouk.
The drawer fronts are screwed to the drawers themselves (after being shaped).
Used my new Domino for the carcase, wonderful experience :)

Two challenges I ran into:

- the inside: I wanted something light, using as few wood as possible (so expensive here in Europe!) but every drawer being a different size, it has proven being a nightmare, and I gave up by using some plywood boards in a few places.

- the curves: used bandsaw & rasp but it’s not very precise as seen in the pictures. Anyone with a better idea?

At last, a design question: I realize now that tapering the leg is not very aesthetic. What shape would you have used on these legs?

Again, thank you so much for your inspiration and help!

-- Laurent

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 10:48 AM

No worries here I love it it’s a work of art.Turned out really well I love it very modern in design a refreshing change from the old monocolour. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 02:05 PM

Very awesome project

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 02:33 PM

Great piece. Your design in bold.

I think the straight lines draws greater attention to the “waveyness” of the drawer fronts and the fantastic woods you’ve chosen.

the drawer and cupboard pullas are very nice. so

thanks for postin ghtis project.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 02:43 PM

I think it is fantastic just like it is. I wouldn’t change a thing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 02:52 PM

Very unique! Only thing I see is a bit of unbalance in the overall picture, as to color. The oak is so close to the Ash, that it looks a bit lonely down there in the corner. A sixth color or moving the oak to top center would fix that.

Overall, very cool design!

-- Dave

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 03:08 PM

Very interesting.
Since you asked, I have a couple of suggestions/ideas:
If you were to make another one and want everything to be “wavy” I agree with Jim and would try to eliminate every visible straight line.

However I like how this piece showcases the drawers. I think it kind-of looks like two aquariums stacked on top of each other and the straight-ish legs/top allow the drawers to “pop” more. The only suggestion I would have to improve this design would be pick woods with more wavy/swirling grain patterns for the drawer fronts.

Good Job overall

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 03:21 PM

Talk about bringing interest to a room!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 04:03 PM

I like it. I agree with CaptainAhab. The colors do look a little out of balance. I might have mixed the colors completely and made more of a patchwork/random style front.

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 05:37 PM

Thank you all for your comments :)

I agree about the oak color being too close from the ash… however these are the only 2 woods I can easily find here :( the other one are almost impossible to find or overly expensive… therefore the big drawers in oak…
But I agree there is some unbalance.

Jim, Eric, when you say “no straight lines”, do you thing about shaping the rails & stiles/legs?

What about the tapered legs? No-one find them strange?


-- Laurent

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 05:52 PM

Looks like a work in progress. The struggle of creating is both joyful and painful? Just don’t cut any fingers. LOL A book if you canfind it would/might be helpful in your journey. It covers everything you want to know about design principals. Written by Seth Stem. Called Designing furniturefrom concept to shop drawing: a practical guide. Got mine from Amazon.

Enjoy your journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 06-15-2011 06:02 PM

I like the ideas about bringing the organic shapes to the side panels. A curve across the top would do alot also. Straight square legs act as an anchor for all the curved lines. Your drawer proportioning looks good, as does the overall craftsmanship “best I can tell from a photo”.

Personally, I am not a fan of all the different wood species. Your design holds its own, I feel the multiple woods make for a very busy look.

When you are capable of producing a solid piece, such as this, you don’t need to use multiple woods for a wow factor.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#12 posted 06-15-2011 06:04 PM

Beautiful and nicely finished, I especially like the wavy drawer fronts. Only one change I would make, and that is the bottom left drawer should be a darker colour to give it balance. I like it.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#13 posted 06-15-2011 07:43 PM

Only thing I find I don’t like is the handles. The sipo and the oak handles match their drawers in color while the cherry, walnut and paduak don’t; I can’t fully tell if this is a matter of it being the same wood but different tones but in the pic it looks like the walnut drawers have cherry handles and the cherry drawers walnut handles. I would say reversing the wood on all the fronts would look good or making sure that the tone of the handles matches the drawer front.

Outside of that I think it looks really good. Maybe a different saw blade will get you a cleaner cut to reduce the gaps/increase the percision but I feel that the overall design helps to hide or blend what you are seeing as a problem. Really it is an awesome looking piece that I’m going to swipe the design of when I build my daughter’s bedroom set.

-- A posse ad esse

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#14 posted 06-15-2011 08:31 PM

I like it. The only thing that thows me off a bit is you have some drawers the same color as the cabinet. The drawers and the wavy lines really stand out on the other drawers but not so much on the drawers of the same color.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 12:24 AM

I also like it as it is here :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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