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Arts and Crafts Cabinet

by John W. Nixon on February 7 2010 18:17

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This classic looking Arts and Crafts style cabinet was designed to have a television sit on top, with the audio video equipment on the open shelf. There's generous cabinet space below which is concealed by two locking frame and panel doors. The appearance and design is true to the Arts and Crafts motif, but under the covers, this piece hides a dark secret.


The entire process of constructing this cabinet was filmed, and the video is being edited now (2/8/2010). I expect part one of this series to be released in a about a week.


You may be surprised to discover that this cabinet started it's life as a mid-sixties dresser made by the R-WAY company. I gave the piece a dramatic makover and transformed it into a classic Arts and Crafts cabinet (asthetically at least).


From the pictures in the gallery you can see that this piece present many of the American Arts and Crafts features (too bad they're almost all fake).

  • Through Mortise and Tenon pinned joinery
  • Corbels supporting the overhanging top
  • Quartersawn white oak construction
  • Arched base
  • Frame and panel construction
  • Hand-hammered hardware with antique lockset
  • Backsplash


The Original Piece
I wanted to do something with this well made dresser I had stowed in the closet. My neighbor was moving and asked if I wanted this piece. I can't refuse anything made of wood (especially if it has dovetails!). This dresser had bow front drawers and a very dark finish. The piece didn't appeal to my tastes, so it sat in the closet for about 3 years. The need for a place to set my new TV arose, and I figured I could give this old dark dresser a makover into something that suited my tastes.
Original Dresser

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