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Monday, September 08, 2008

Admiring Talent

dry bar–media unitYou know, I've been married to Ed for 15 years now, and I'm still quite impressed with his cabinetmaking skills. So it's time for another episode from the files of My Husband the Master Cabinetmakertm.

I just threw together a quickie page on his web site because I wanted to show you his latest project: a combo bar and media unit. Its lines are very simple and elegant. He's almost finished installing it—needs another day—at the Hamptons summer home of a family from Philadelphia.

The middle photo on that page shows all the lower cabinets, including a small bar refrigerator (the one with vents at the bottom), installed. The top cabinets are in place, but their doors aren't yet on; the doors will have glass inserts.

The bottom photo shows the wine rack glued into place and held there with clamps and a jig (defined by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, online, as "a device used to maintain mechanically the correct positional relationship between a piece of work and the tool or between parts of work during assembly"—in other words, a pattern of sorts) from the project. The mini fridge is out of the way temporarily to allow Ed to climb onto the countertop. The beadboard (wood with vertical lines) inside the left and right top cabinets wasn't bought already done; he scored the wood himself.

When the installation is complete, the job's painters will install that really tall crown molding, which you now see atop the beigy wall in the third photo that appears to head back to the entryway, across the top of Ed's unit, up where it meets the ceiling. I wish you could see the unit in person. The colored varnish that he used on it went on smooth as glass. If you touch it, it feels as if there's no wood under it. It's not my taste—I like to see the wood and its glorious grain without staining—but it's gorgeous.

My guy sure is talented. ... Oh—and he's nice too. :-)



5 comments:

Imperatrix said...

He scored the beadboard himself? Wow! What's the reason for doing it that way -- better look, better quality wood, ???

That piece looks great. Cheers to Ed!

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Ed says thank you.

He scored the beadboard himself to be able to use the kind of wood the customer wanted and to get the scoring rows exactly as far apart as he wanted to without having to put in a special order.

Karoli said...

It's just beautiful. I'm so jealous...the one thing I truly need is efficient cabinets and storage. Our house is built to a 98% scale (yes, so they could shove more in less space), so everything has to be customized...no stock stuff fits.

His work is beautiful.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

No need to be jealous, Karoli. We can never afford for Ed to take enough time off work to make beautiful cabinets for us, though I did get a gorgeous queen-size bed out of him before our first son was born. ;-) And our house was built with pretty much no storage, and despite that, we've crammed 6 people, 2 cats, and 1 dog into that space, which means that there are always piles of stuff everywhere.

Songbird said...

Such beautiful work!

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