Wine Cabinet Completed

Just to update the progress and completion of the cherry wine cabinet, the assembly was completed, and an important lesson was learned:  finish the small dividers BEFORE glue-up, because rubbing wax into a 4″x4″ cubby yields bloody knuckles and is not much fun…

4" square cubbies will accomodate (up to) a magnum, though with a tight fit...standard 750mL bottles have plenty of room

For the finish, three coats of rubbed-in Boiled Linseed Oil, the second and third coats were applied after heating, at the suggestion of Rob Bois (http://theboisshop.blogspot.com/), who found this suggested by Thos. Moser, renowned furniture maker.  After warming it, the viscosity was certainly different than room temperature, but I didn’t notice any difference in the absorption (on a test piece).  In any case, the fourth coat was an wiped on oil-poly blend, then two applications of amber paste wax.  The end result was a silky satin finish, which I put in the sun for a week to add age and darken a bit.  Overkill, yes, since the piece is destined for a corner installation, both sides covered from view, but the top, drawers and dividers look nice without having to wait a couple months/years.

I can’t recall whether I mentioned the inlay to the drawer previously.  I used a figured maple inlay and scratched a bead around the edges to border the drawer, to echo the leg band detail, and turned a maple knob to match.  The drawer border was intended to echo a bead around a panel of the drawer on the hutch beside the wine cabinet.

Dovetails, Bead, Inlay and turned knob

The drawer is half-blind dovetails on the front, through on the back, using maple sides, poplar for the back and the drawer bottom, and will be used to keep a wine tasting binder, and corkscrews.

Cherry Wine Cabinet - AUG 2011

Solid Cherry Wine cabinet, maple inlay and accents, with a hand-rubbed oil and wax finish, hand cut dovetailed drawer and a 30 bottle capacity

 

I’m very happy with the result and the final installation went smoothly.

I only wish I had logged my hours, I’d have to estimate broadly 80-160h, though I may be way off in either direction…though I took several detours, did a lot of experimenting, toolmaking, and various other diversions in designing and building, which made for a less than streamlined build.

I celebrated the completion by drinking a bottle of Barolo…delicious. (No, not all by myself…)

About Nick

Nick Roulleau is founder, craftsman, designer, joiner, finisher, floor-sweep and all of the other roles at Mansfield Fine Furniture. A woodworker for more than a decade, Nick started the company with the goal of filling the need for heirloom-quality furniture hand-made from premium woods. Every piece is designed to suit the customer's needs and desires, hand-picking each piece of wood, and built one piece at a time, using both modern and centuries-old traditional methods to yield furniture to last for generations.