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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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Wow. Wonderful execution. I love his books.
 

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

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

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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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Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship! Congratulations on an outstanding project.
 

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Beautiful cabinet with plenty of attention to detail.
 

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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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Excellent work, thats some beautiful maple.
 

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

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

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

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

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If you are interested in Kernov's work there is a School in Roberts Creek British Columbia that teaches his methods,
The tools he actually used are there as well as a Small work space he used. Check out Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinet Making. Last time I was there made couple of Wood Planes, going back next week for more inspiration! Your Cabinet is something that would be created there, very nice
 

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Beautiful work,so very well done.
 

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Great looking cabinet! The etched glass is a really nice touch!
 
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