A Pair of Bird’s Eye Maple and American Walnut Art Deco Cabinets
An Art Deco enthusiast had been looking for two cabinets for a number of years without success. I was called in to do some restoration on her existing Art Deco sofa and ottoman and was asked as a result if I would consider a commission. A few sketches later we had a shape that she was completely happy with and the project was thus commissioned.
The brief was for two Art Deco style cabinets to contain music speakers and be used also as cocktail cabinets to go either side of her Inglenook fireplace.
Construction involved cutting out bandsaw wavy shapes followed by routing with a template jig to produce 8 former shapes, 4 for each cabinet. Spacers were made to go between the former shapes and the construction held together with steel rods.
4mm bendable ply was then applied to either side of the former construction using cascamite and vacuum bag press. Once completed this gave the internal and external surfaces on which the final veneers could be laid. Top and bottom were built by constructing trays on which the cabinet sat and which also completed the top.
Internal shelves were cut into the internal surface with dovetail dadoes. Glass shelves were added and a small parquetry drawer built to complete the interior.
The front door was made with 5 false drawer fronts in shaped Bird’s Eye Maple. Knobs were turned in Macassar Ebony to complete.Finishing of the whole cabinet was done by spraying with acid catalyst lacquer.
The customer was delighted with the end result and the brief was fully met.