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Krenov-inspired Live-edge Cuban Mahogany Pipe Cabinet

comments (2) March 16th, 2014 in Reader's Gallery

Andy_J Andy_J, member
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Detail view of the live-dge door panel. Where the heartwood and sapwood meet a crisp, coastline-like black line appears.
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I fell in love with a piece of precious Cuban mahogany in the wood room at the College of the Redwoods, and talked my instructors into letting me use it to build this cabinet to house the pipe collection I inherited from my grandfather.

One of the characteristics I loved about the mahogany is the beautiful live-edge and spalting that formed a crisp black line that evokes the Northern California coastline, where I live and study. 

The live-edge also has a practical purpose, allowing air to flow in and out of the cabinet and preventing mustiness.

I used the mahogany for the carcass, frame-and-panel doors and the shelves and drawer fronts. The back panel is curly maple, the door handles, drawer pulls and pipe racks are made from teak.

The cabinet is finished with shellac then waxed. 

The carcass is doweled, the drawers are dovetailed with Port Orford cedar sides. 

I built the piece in fall 2013 during my first semester at College of the Redwoods, and learned lots through the process with the help of my instructors.


Design or Plan used: My own design - Andy Johnson

posted in: Reader's Gallery, mahogany, college of the redwoods, live edge, pipe cabinet

Comments (2)

Raul_Darriba Raul_Darriba writes: Very good choice of material, let the wood speak.
Posted: 7:14 pm on March 27th

CaseyO CaseyO writes: You seem familiar. Where to I know you from? Nice work.
Posted: 5:20 am on March 20th

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