Curly Cherry Medicine Cabinet

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 08-20-2011 04:14 AM 3044 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a medicine cabinet that I have built for an upcoming woodworking show here in Cincinnati. It was a gift for my wife’s 40th birthday. This piece was a nice challenge for me including some pretty thin half-blind dovetails on the drawers, carcass construction and some tricky door hinges.

Clearly influenced by Shaker design, I opted to build this around the grain patterns on the amazing curly cherry. The tops of the drawers and the door panels follow a flowing horizontal layout, including some sapwood at the tops of the drawers and the inside bottom of the case. The flow of the grain reminds me of waves on a beach, or the undulations of a sand dune where I grew up. The drawer and door pulls are 8 degree trapezoids, mimicking the dovetailed case and drawers.

The cherry is from a single piece of highly figured curly cherry, and the back panels, shelf and drawer insides are made from some locally salvaged rock maple. The finish is Watco Danish oil, wet sanded to 600 grit, then finished with a coat of wipe on polyurethane and butchers wax. The overall dimensions are 26” x 14” x 6”.

I plan on making a cabinet of similar dimensions, but with different joinery techniques and materials for the Woodworking in America Conference this fall in Cincinnati. Come visit me at the Gorilla Glue booth if you are in town.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 04:17 AM

What a beautiful cabinet. She must be proud of that gift…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 04:47 AM

Very Fine Work, That’s some beautiful Cherry, Sweeeeeeeeeeet, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 05:24 AM

Amazing. This piece needs no luck for it’s upcoming show.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 11:52 PM

Nicely done. Nicely done indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 02:06 AM

It always shows the craftsmanship when the drawers are inset leaving no room for error.
Well done, abeautiful piece.

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

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 02:13 AM

stunningly beautifull. Not only is it well executed technically, but you have a sense of wood (for better lack of a term to describe it) that is perfect. You chose just the right wood, matched it perfectly. That is the difference between a good woodworker and a master crafstman.

-- Yves

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 03:15 PM

Very beautiful work…

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 05:41 PM

Beautiful piece

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 10:05 PM

This is a great piece. I really like the pulls, they match the piece perfectly. Just wondering, why did you choose not to dovetail the rails and drawer dividers into the front of the case? You obviously dovetail extremely well so I just wanted to learn about your decision. Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#10 posted 08-22-2011 10:26 PM

Kenn, I chickened out on the sliding dovetails for the inner carcas because I’ve never cut them on a router table, and I wasn’t happy with the results I was getting on scrap to trust my ability on the piece I used on the final project. I had only one chance, hence the safer tongue and groove. Appreciate the comments.

-- Andy Brownell

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#11 posted 08-24-2011 06:39 AM

I was thinking that I would have done the dados with a dovetail on the front inch or so, don’t know what that is officially called. Just trying to learn, not highlight any lack of nerve on your part …sorry :) It’s a great piece, love the cherry of course, wish I was going to Cincy so I could see it in person.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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