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Offline woodbutcherbower

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Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« on: September 01, 2022, 06:31 AM »
Here's the first of three pieces commissioned by a client for her wonderful 1850's house. I'm sorry I can't show you the fully built-up dresser - but the top section weighs 95kg (210 pounds) and I can't lift it :-\ Maybe a clever Photoshop member on here can weave his magic ..... It's ready to go apart from some gilded lettering which will be applied above the trefoils on the upper section pilasters. The heavily distressed/aged paint finish was as per the lady's request - 'Make it look like it's always been here'.

The basic specs;

Carcasses, shelves, other bits = 18mm MRMDF.
Rear facings = 14mm Scandinavian redwood, machined into V-groove T&G.
All mouldings = Redwood, all machined as customs on my spindle moulder. I've made enough for all 3 pieces.
Face frames, drawer & door fronts = 25mm Redwood.
Drawers = 18mm kiln-dried oak verticals, crown-cut oak veneer over 12mm plywood bases. Hand-cut dovetails.
Drawer hardware - Grass Dynapro liquid-damped soft-close undermount.
Base pilasters = A commercial Howdens stair newel post ripped in half on the bandsaw.
Door infill = Cloverleaf perforated steel sheet.
Pullout vegetable baskets = IKEA !!!
Hardware = 'Old Forge' brand lacquered cast iron.
Top = Finger-jointed 40mm oak block with oak edge mouldings.
Paint = Craig & Rose 1829 eggshell acrylic.
Patinated/aged using Finneys patinating wax.
Top finished with Rustins solvent-based dye + 4 coats clear Fiddes wax.

Kevin
























« Last Edit: September 18, 2022, 02:51 PM by woodbutcherbower »

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Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2022, 07:10 AM »
I love it! Beautiful work!

Offline Claimdude

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2022, 08:18 AM »
Absolutely gorgeous work!!!!

Jack

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2022, 12:34 PM »
You really have a broad range of skills and aesthetics!

Did you ever post an overall photo of the finished Aliens inspired piece.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2022, 06:44 PM »
That looks fantastic, beautiful work!
I always love the break-front look. It adds a level of complexity and texture, especially when there are a lot of moldings. The door shape really adds to the look on this one.
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Offline Lincoln

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2022, 07:05 PM »
Oh, fantastic work mate. Love the Gothic doors.

Offline Muttley000

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2022, 08:39 PM »
Incredible work! The type of project I hope to be paid for some day!
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2022, 08:51 PM »
I will agree with Michael - Holy Toledo! - What a range of skills you are blessed with! Absolutely beautiful!

Peter

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: Gothic Victorian break-front kitchen dresser
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2022, 02:33 AM »
Thanks a million to everyone - such kind words coming from other skilled guys means an awful lot. I must confess that building things like this is my absolute favourite part of what I do, and various other in-the-pipeline projects were slightly delayed so I could attack this. Very unprofessional of me  [big grin]

Like any other commercial woodworker, the majority of my work is pretty ordinary and run-of-the-mill, and it’s always exciting when jobs like this come along. Having the opportunity to let your creative juices loose is what keeps it both challenging and enjoyable.

Thanks again to all - I’m glad you like it.

Kevin