Arched-Top Whiskey Cabinet
As a furniture student at North Bennet Street School, my last assignment at was to build a case-piece, so I got my creative wheels turning, and this is what I came up with. I used several hefty chunks of cherry, and some nicely-aged figured cherry veneer for the inlay.
It’s final purpose is pretty awesome, but truthfully I designed it as a woodworking excercise to try out some new techniques: traditional ogee bracket feet, making arched moldings, and veneering and inlay using hot hide glue were some new ones for me.
(Filling it afterward with single-malt scotch whiskey just happened to be a nice perk, too…)
The solid-cherry arched top proved to be a tough challenge, but with lots of head scratching, collaboration, and planning, it came together. I also assembled the entire thing using hide glue- I wanted to really get good at working with it.
Many thanks to my mentors at NBSS Dan Faia, Lance Patterson, and Steve Brown for the wisdom provided along the way- I couldn’t have done it without you guys and your infinite knowledge of truly fine woodworking!
Now the next step is to put the finish on it- those photos will come soon. In the meantime, check it out and let me know what you think!
Arched Top Whiskey Cabinet
The rear feet are dovetailed together, and I cut the dovetails before cutting them apart, so they would be easy to clamp in the vise.
A couple of half-blind dovetails later, I had some pretty tight fitting joinery!
The solid wood top is glued back together after it was cut apart to cut out the arch and run the moldings. This is a nice view of the mortises that connect it to the case, too.
Clamped on the base to dry, with the mortised top dry-fitted to the case to keep everything lined up.
A close-up of the crown molding. Check out that little bead molding- It's cut from end grain to allow for wood movement, and mounted in a channel to stay there a long, long time.
The case back is rabbetted for a laminated veneer back.
Up-close and personal with bracket feet: corner blocks reinforce the miter joint with horizontal-grain oriented the same as the feet, so they can safely expand and contract with the seasons.