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Recycled Chestnut Cabinetry Dresses up a Formal Fireplace

comments (1) October 23rd, 2011 in blogs, Reader's Gallery

danmosheim dan mosheim, contributor
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the fnished product
the cad drawings of the cabinet interiors
the photoshopped mockup made by cropping the photo of the original cabinet below we made for another client about 6 or 7 years ago
the origiinal cabinet installed in another stone fireplace
the backing we created for the masons to lay the new stone facing to.  we added a temporary board a little thicker than the planned faceframe that was removed just before this photo was taken
which enabled us to have finished straight edges against the stonework
many, many pieces to keep straight
one of the challenge involved installing a tv that was wider than the width of the interior of the cabinet ... we had to have it retract on an angle to fit it in, but it works slick
the finished bracket installation
another challenge was provided future access to a kickspace heater under the left hand cabinet
which we did by making a separate chest of drawers that slides in and out.
the interior of the left cabinet with pull out magazine storage
the fnished product - CLICK TO ENLARGE

the fnished product

Photo: all photos dan mosheim

We have done quite a lot of work in the last few years with recycled lumber. It always yields warm and friendly results, although sourcing quality material can sometimes be a complex and expensive process. 

Sometimes we resaw beams with local barn and architectural recycler Frank Pratt, and sometimes we purchase boards and planks from places like Vintage Log and Lumber or Appalachian Woods.  It all depends upon who has what, when we need it. 

The wood for this particular project came from a various sources, as we required quite a bit for the cabinets and a 9' table that were built to match. The cabiinet interiors are of ash plywood, stained to match the exteriors. The cabinet faces, ends, and tops (which are viewable from the balcony above) are all solid wood. More process photos and information can be found on my Dorset Custom Furniture blog.

Design or Plan used: My own design - dan mosheim

posted in: blogs, Reader's Gallery, cabinet, recycled chestnut cabinets

Comments (1)

jtetreault jtetreault writes: Beautiful piece Dan - love that old chestnut. And it looks fantastic next to the stone.
Posted: 9:05 am on October 24th

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