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Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

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Video Length: 1:30
Produced by: Anissa Kapsales, edited by Gerald LaStarza


Peter Schlebecker’s "Breathing Drawers" from the Readers Gallery of FWW #203 demanded more attention than a small picture on p. 78 of the magazine, so we shot a quick video of Pete and his anthropomorphic cabinet at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship this fall.

Pete’s early vocal training and the connection between singing and breathing inspired this basswood and mahogany chest of drawers (20 in. deep by 17 in. wide by 50 in. tall).

The chest has a silicone-rubber membrane inside the frames on the top and sides, which “breathes” as the well-fit drawers are opened and closed, revealing sketches of chest musculature underneath it. The lower drawer doesn’t have a cutout pull, but opens with the air pressure produced from closing the top one. The finish is lacquer.

The leg joinery also merits more attention, read how he crafted the refined supports in a companion blog post: Nice Legs.



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