Woodworker: Garry Bennett
The infamous “Nail” Cabinet by Oakland, Calif. furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett became a landmark in furniture history when it was featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking in September 1980. Standing 6-ft. tall in solid padauk, this showcase cabinet features curved glass and an intricate system of catches and latches hidden inside. But it’s most notable feature is the bent nail driven through the cabinet’s top door.
Bennett told Fine Woodworking in 1980: “from the start I planned to make the precious thing less precious.” But when the cabinet was finished, Bennett admitted he didn’t want to follow through. “I liked it too much,” he said, “but I had to stay with my plan.” So he hammered a few practice nails into padauk scrap, took a deep breath, and whacked the nail.
Photo: M. Lee Fatherree