Wine Cabinet

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Project by jcecil posted 05-30-2008 06:02 AM 2096 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at an “artistic” woodworking project. I was invited to build this for an art exhibit and the materials were given to me in support of me participating. This wine cabinet is built primariy from 4 slabs of cherry. I pulled the 4 slabs off each other and bookmatched them like an accordian and they were used for the doors and the remnants for the sides, top and bottom. The floating panels are bookmatched pieces of spalted maple though after planing are not that close in appearance. The knobs, wine glass rack, and door stops are made from ebony. The back is cherry beadboard to give it something more when open. The door catches are brass ball catches inset in the ebony door stops. It is finished with a few coats of boiled linseed oil. The top and bottom were dished out with a router and a homeade guide system and then hours of hand sanding with the remenants of the guides with spray adheisive and sandpaper. Sure turned into more work than expected.

My goals was to create a cabinet that had grain lines making a “W” for wine and the 2 primary woods were cherry which was supposed to represent the grapes as a ripe fruit and the spalted maple was to represent the crushed grapes that ferment as spalted maple does. Together they show how you sometimes have to break something down in order to get a more interesting product. As korny as it all is that was my intention and it was planned to be used for my wife and my wedding glasses and a bottle of wine though I prefer beer.

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 06:40 AM


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#2 posted 05-30-2008 06:56 AM

Very pretty piece and a great story

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 11:28 AM

I think it turned out very well. Good work.

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 11:35 AM

This is a very nice cabinet. I like the design and the curves give it visual interest.

Well done.

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#5 posted 05-30-2008 02:20 PM

Outstanding look and design.

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#6 posted 05-30-2008 03:16 PM

Well I would say you have achieved your goal – very nice craftsmanship and excellent original design

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#7 posted 05-30-2008 03:36 PM

I really like this, especially the grain graphics curving together at the bottom of the doors. Did you try a card scraper to finish the dished out top and bottom? That looks like a situation where scrapers would shine.

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#8 posted 05-30-2008 06:20 PM

very nice design and great job in construction.

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#9 posted 05-30-2008 07:03 PM

—Did you try a card scraper to finish the dished out top and bottom?—-

Where were you when I was finishing this? haha No I am a pretty novice woodworker and hadn’t used a car scraper at the time but it would have been great, now that I have tried one out on a project since. Just lots of sweat and hours hand sanding.

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#10 posted 05-30-2008 10:19 PM

Well done.

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#11 posted 05-31-2008 12:46 AM

Nice design and good job. Thankls for posting.

God Bless

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#12 posted 05-31-2008 02:11 AM

Great design and well executed

Thanks for the post.

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#13 posted 05-31-2008 03:42 AM

nice project!
I especially like the spalted panels in the doors.

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#14 posted 05-31-2008 04:06 PM

Beautiful project and wood. mike

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#15 posted 06-12-2008 02:06 PM

Fantastic cabinet. I love the wood combination and it will only improve as the cherry gets that rich patina it’s famous for.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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