I have to say that I really like this piece. It is simply beautiful. Having said that there is always something and I want to say this without it being negative. I think that the legs should either stop flush with the bottom and be rounded or they should be long and act as a stand. I think the piece would be great as a stand or simply sitting on the floor, but mounted to the wall looks off with the extension of the sides. The piece is still remarkable. Thanks for sharing.
Well done Joel! The finished product looks great. All the detail photos were a joy to look at. I really dig the solid quilted maple pullout tray with hollowed out body. Perfect for those precious few items. Keep us posted on future projects at the school and beyond.
Thanks Kol. I am not sure if I understand about flushing out the suspenders and rounding them. At this point it is what it is, though I like the concept of the suspenders joining the two cases, and I like the idea of using the concept as legs in other projects. But for this particular project, I am very happy with the design. The wood is a little loud now looking at it, though I'm fine with it, because there is a quietness about the piece too. It demands attention while still being unpretentius. And I like that about this piece.
Thank you too Josh. Are you a former student of CR? THe tray actually serves as a function... This cabinet is a "medicinal" cabinet and the name of it is "Remedy". Northenr Cali is world reknown for the herbal remedies and the tray accomodates that. This was built as a 30 year aniversary gift for some very special friends.
Good job Joel, a piece of art.
What is the dimension of the piece?
This is a beautifully designed and finished piece. Where does one obtain the curly pear solid planks?
You can get pearwood at Macbeths' in San Fran I guess, also in Portland there is a supplier who carries it. It is European pearwood, expensive and hard to find. Works beautifully. The cell structure is so fine it carves like butter, but is very unforgiving in joints. The dovetails in the pearwood were the hardest part of this project as any slightest gap would show a glue line. I did the best I could though. Edge joints must be hand planed to a perfect mating match if you are to hide the glue line. I got the pearwood at the school.
I didn't win the lottery so to speak. It was my one chance as my wife is now expecting our second and life moves on. I've enjoyed starting a growing custom cabinet and furniture shop in CT. Are you planning on doing speculative or commission work? Commission work if you can get it pays the bills quicker with better cash flow.
Alexander Valle-Albert [02/05/2009]
Congratulations; your first solid wood piece is lovely!!!
Thanks for sharing
Oh, man. I was actually called up as an alternate after someone wasn't able to come. Anyone who gets accepted to the program is by chance, we are all lucky to be learning here. The staff is incredible.
I'm actually going to go back home and continue with kitchen cabinets, while I get my industrial technology degree. I'm going to always be building furniture. You can't not build furniture. Mainly stuff by my own design and commission. We'll just have to see how it goes.