ARTS AND CRAFTS STEREO CABINET
It's the little details that make the difference.
SHOP OWNER: H.C. "Chico" Sakman
LOCATION: Victoria, BC, Canada
The cabinet is made from solid quarter-sawn white oak. The doors are offset because my client wanted to be able to access his stereo components by opening only one door. Since there was a width restriction, I couldn't make it wide enough to make the doors symmetrical.
All the dark accents are ebony. The side panels are resawn book matched curly rift-sawn and quarter-sawn white oak (not many flakes). The bottom front and back stretchers have through tenons, pinned diagonally with ebony. The corbels are a little bit on the hefty side, but I believe those feminine curves sure break up the simple and boring boxy look of Arts & Crafts case pieces. In other words, they're a much more important element than they first seem.
The cope and stick pieces are let into the door frame using half-lap dovetails. The spade-like figure at the end of the coped pieces is my design. I don't like to follow the originals in an exact fashion. Don't get me wrong, I respect and follow the characteristics of the furniture style that I'm working on, but it's got to be modified. I have to change it somehow. Usually it's the little details that make the difference.
The back is tongue & groove quarter-sawn white oak flooring, I just planed off the grooves from the bottom, and it was ready to go. It sure beats resawing, shaping and surface planing both sides; plus they hold better than ship lap joints do.
I love these hinges. You can pull the doors right out of the bottom barrel of the hinges. This is important because it allows the maximum width inside in order to make the adjustable shelves work at the maximum width. The shelf ends are grooved to accept ¼ inch diameter polished steel dowel pins. This way shelves remain tight in their place and the chance of up and down movement is eliminated. The trick is to set the back holes ever so slightly off line so the shelves will remain tight. If someone were to drag something on a shelf, the shelf would stay put. Actually, the doors would stop them ¼ inch or so later, but I don't like or want them to move unless they are meant to. I hope you enjoyed viewing this project.
. . . H. C. Sakman, a.k.a. "Chico"
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