ARTS & CRAFTS MEETS THE ORIENT
Wine storage never had it so good!
SHOP OWNER: HC "Chico" Sakman
LOCATION: Victoria, BC, Canada
Here's my newest creation. It’s an Arts and Crafts style wine rack with a major oriental flair. Nevertheless, it lasted only a week on the floor before it sold, despite being a spec piece. It took over 120 hours to make, mostly due to the custom manufactured hardware it contains.
The carcass is solid ipe and madrone (aka: arbutus). The center of the top is natural cork, outlined with ipe and madrone inlays. I used mortise and tenon construction, bridle joints on top, and pegged all with ebony. To shape the top edges, I employed a router, table saw, various hand planes, and a Veritas curved spokeshave. The back has Western red cedar raised panels in ipe frames, and the bottom is 1/2" thick Western red cedar.
The doors consist of a solid madrone frame, veneered with bookmatched shop-sawn madrone veneer outside and pear veneers inside; with ipe inlays. The door panels are bookmatched, madrone burl veneer on the inside and out. They swing on shop-made bronze bushing hinges. I used solid ebony with ipe bases to make the handles. The left door features a custom-made steel and bronze door-locking mechanism. It keeps the doors secure when the right side door is locked. To enhance the keyhole, I used an inlayed brass escutcheon.
Those square pyramids on the sides are from edge and face grain madrone, framed with ipe cockbeading. They are spaced to allow airflow. The side panels are stepped as well as the lower apron arches. The vertical ipe inlay in the panels is 1/16" wide.
For the drawers, I used Cuban mahogany, Spanish and yellow cedar with ebony pulls and handles. They feature narrow pin hand-cut dovetails. I lined one drawer with suede, and the other with solid Spanish cedar.
I also used suede to line the bottle racks. Because they get heavy when loaded with wine bottles, I used Hettich ball bearing full extension slides. Nevertheless, these mechanical slides are housed in the wood. They’re only visible on the drawer sides when open. In addition, the slides are setback so they won't cover the finely jointed hand-cut dovetails in the Spanish cedar drawer fronts and the Western maple and Cuban mahogany drawer sides.. . . H. C. Sakman, a.k.a. "Chico"
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