Wine Cabinet

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Project by Alan posted 04-14-2008 05:56 PM 3048 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is made of quilted maple, santos mahogany, and maple. It’s a pretty straightforward design. The doors are veneered. One interesting detail is the center wine presentation area. It has a curved back of quilted maple at about a 3” radius. It was formed over bending ply in a vacuum press. Fitting it in was a bit tricky and took a little shaving here and there. Fun project. See more at

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 06:17 PM


Another beautiful project. I like the way you made the grain standout in the maple.

How did you finish the cabinet?

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 06:18 PM

very nice. More and bigger pictures please.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 07:14 PM

Beautiful, I really like the qulited maple, it pops. Plus the other woods help to highlight the quilted maple.

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 07:22 PM

I love it. What a great piece

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 10:45 PM

Truly a beautiful piece, give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done. I have never used the veneers, but with seeing all the great looking pieces here on LJ, am wondering though is it very hard to work, or do you need a Vacuum Press to get good even clamping….your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 10:56 PM

Thanks to all. John, I’ve been using a veneer press for about 4 years now. I used to make my veneers, but it’s way too much work and there’s so much beautiful stuff all ready to go, I decided it wasn’t worth it. Plus it was hard to get really consistant thicknesses, even with a drum sander.
Veneer isn’t that hard to work, but it does take patience and a soft touch when you’re sanding, especially where the veneer meets solid wood. You can clamp it with cauls, but you really get a much better glue joint if you use a press. I do a fair amount of curved work, so the press really helps there. Mine runs off my compressor, to keep the cost down. If you google veneer press I’m sure you can gets all kinds of info about them.
One thing I learned really quick. Don’t do any sanding until all the veneer is glued down. Otherwise you’ll sand over already sanded veneer and you can guess what happens.

-- Alan Carter,

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 04:04 AM


I have two passions: wine and woodworking and I must say that this is the perfect marriage of the two. I love how the bottle of wine takes “center stage”. it is as if you open the doors and there is a little sommelier in there presenting the bottle. I really like the scale of the piece and the woods you used.

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#8 posted 06-14-2008 04:23 AM

Beautiful wine cabinet. I like your selection of woods.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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