Building A Mystery ― Sideboard

This piece received the 'Best in Show' award from the judges at the 2010 Northern Woods Exhibition held in Edina, Minnesota on April 22nd through 25th. The show was sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild.

A this dining room sideboard/buffet cabinet is made of kwila, makore, Port Orford cedar, kauri pine, big leaf maple and brass.

Cabinet on stand with shop-sawn veneer construction; curved doors with beveled parquetry; three hand-cut dovetailed drawers; two adjustable shelves; shop-made brass door hinges and stand mounting brackets.

The rich colors of kwila and makore give this relatively small sideboard a quiet yet commanding presence in the room. The veneers were shop-sawn and carefully selected to provide a unique sense of formality. The beveled kwila parquetry, inspired by my mother's wonderful quilts, elevate the winged kwila top and dance across the top edge of the doors, delighting the eye and hand each time the doors are opened.

Front, back, top, bottom and sides all get the care and attention they deserve. All edges have been softened and are very friendly to the touch. Additional photos of this cabinet may be found in the "Our Work" section of the Studio Tupla web site.

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