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a curly maple and walnut sideboard, based on a picture in an advertisement from 'antiques' magazine, sent to me by a client, to use as inspiration for thier piece. the original photo was in pine
as part of my continuing pursuit of the jasper johns concept, “take an object. do something to it. do something else to it. do something else to it”, i am trying to organize my something elses in one place. it’s going to take some effort. while i have a ‘sideboards’ category on my website, the pictures are small, the descriptions are limited and there is no discussion of how these pieces relate to each other. there is some logic to their progression, but as in photo 9, sometimes they just come out of the blue, from little doodles for clients. i have posted photos of about 20 sideboards on my dorset custom furniture blog and i still have a few to go. enjoy the tour and when you are at your drawing board, ‘take an object and do something to it’.
a cherry and burl sideboard, made for a client to go with a cherry and burl dining table and chairs we had made previously.
third in the series made from virually the same drawing. this one was finished this year, while the curly maple one in the first photo was from the mid 1990s. cad drawing, process photos, carcase design photos at this link.
this piece, in mahogany, curly maple and crotch mahogany veneers is from the late 80s and also begat a series of pieces. they are all roughly based on the same drawing, but morphing from piece to piece over time time, at the whims of various clients and their inputs.
same drawing; same dimensions; different palette; different piece.
yet another variation. all cherry; different figure in the wood
same wood; same drawing; different figure in the cherry; different finish; totally different feel.
this is the last one in that series so far ... cherry and burl veneer; curved doors and drawer faces; abalone inlays; all the bells and whistles
well this one's different, but is it related to the ones above? your call ... circa 1990 .. it had a table and chairs that went with it and those pieces are closely related in detail and feel.
our own sideboard from 1987 and still in our dining room today ... this piece is the origin of several others that can be easily related to it in my sideboard blog post.
well, is it even a sideboard? in the right setting it could be .. as it is now, it's a storage piece in an entry foyer.
more photos and info here
well, i saved one of my favorites for last. it's not a copy of anything. its design has obviously been influenced by the brothers greene, yet i feel somehow, it's mine, in collaboration with my clients, as all these pieces are. there is an extensive blog post with joinery details, cad drawings, hinge forging photos as well as instuctions for making the g&g style pulls, at this link
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Very interesting and diverse collection! I'll ask the question that you're suggesting - when does a sideboard become something else, maybe, a dresser - like yours that are much lower to the ground, and have a large set of drawers (e.g. the cherry and burl veneer, the "circa 1990," and especially the Greene inspired piece - the latter 2 could definitely work as a dresser in a bedroom, say with a couple open shelves behind the opposing doors). Or your sideboard from 1987 that has a cutout that makes it look like a desk - suitable to sit down in front of to do some writing.
Those are absolutely stunning and beautiful. What are the types of wood did you use?
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Wow! Those look amazing! I will check your blog out and great job! I have an A&C style sideboard I am going to attempt very soon!
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