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 (, 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.