Krenov inspired cabinet.

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Project by mds2 posted 08-30-2013 02:46 PM 4504 views 17 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I read a couple of James Krenov’s books, which I think every woodworker should, and this really made me want to build something like his. I found plans from FWW for a Krenov style cabinet, and modified them a bit. This is a commission for a friend to be a whiskey display cabinet and the timing on his asking was almost ironic.

The wood is cherry and birdseye maple. The maple came from Wisconsin and looks stunning in person. I bought it when we were getting ton of rain, and then didnt use it till it hadnt rained for a month. It all warped. I re-flattened all of it with hand planes. Overall I tried to do as much as possible by hand but I did utilize a few machines. I’ll never give up a table saw or bandsaw. The joinery on the base is mortise and tenon both of which I made this chisels. The glass etching was a bit of an experience and I could use a lot more practice, though I’m happy with the results.

This was a very fun summer project. Cant wait till the next one. I welcome any questions, comments, and critiques.

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 02:49 PM

Good work mds!

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 02:58 PM

Wow. Wonderful execution. I love his books.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 03:39 PM

I’m happy with your results too! Fantastic piece.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 03:44 PM

Very nice! You have included lots of Krenov features. Well done. How did you etch the glass?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 04:28 PM

For the glass I created a design and then printed it out. I have access to a large format printer at work. Then I masked off the entire side with painters tape. Next I sprayed the tape with 3M #77 and stuck the printed design to it. Then I cut it all out with an exacto knife.

The etching is done via chemical process with a product called Armour Etch. It is basically an acidic paste that you spread over what you want to etch. You let it sit for a couple minutes then rinse it off with water. Then I removed the masking.

I had to remake one panel because when I picked it up to rinse I didn’t realize I had some of the paste on my glove and it smeared on the panel.

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 04:32 PM

Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship! Congratulations on an outstanding project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 04:41 PM

Beautiful cabinet with plenty of attention to detail.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 06:28 PM

Wow. Awesome all around. I like the small details like the wooden shelf supports. So much nicer looking than the generic metal pegs.

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 07:21 PM

beautiful work

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 09:53 PM

Excellent work, thats some beautiful maple.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 11:42 PM

That is an excellent looking cabinet….you did an awesome job. Well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 08-31-2013 12:28 AM

The style, wood and the glass is fantastic. The project went straight to the favorite box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 08-31-2013 03:08 AM

Wow! Beautiful!

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#14 posted 08-31-2013 04:08 AM

Fantastic work! The cabinet and the glass are really stunning together.

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#15 posted 08-31-2013 04:40 AM

You put that gorgeous Maple to good use ! Well done : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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