French Inlaid Corner Cabinet

Pete Michelinie
of Woodstock

The top is constructed using a lumbercore method, layering Basswood with thick Poplar veneer, then the decorative parquetry. The edge is dressed with shaped Hard Maple. The “Louie Cube” pattern is the main parquetry theme in the piece. This pattern is commonly found on French pieces from the Louis XIV and XV eras. The falling pieces were inlaid against a bookmatched sheet of Holly veneer to represent a void in space behind the dimensional falling cubes. The doors have a 1 1/2″ bulge, or bombe’ in French, in their center which is unseen when looking straight on at the doors. The curve follows the backside to create 3/4″ thick doors throughout. The inside of the door is veneered with a large piece of Mappa Burl with the same edge treatment of the front; Zebrawood banding with Satinwood edging. French feet sweep out to give the cabinet visual and physical stability. The Zebrawood banding is bent in order to follow the curves of the case in the bottom corners.

Made of Basswood, Poplar, Hard Maple, Satinwood, Holly, Mappa Burl, Walnut Burl, Eucalyptus, Black Castello, Zebrawood, lead and brass.

The cabinet is of my own design, based loosely on Louis XIV furniture. It was an exercise in hammer vennering, as all of the veneer was applied with hot hide glue and a glue hammer. Finished with milk paint, boiled linseed oil, Waterlox and wax.

Photos of the cabinet in the making…

Dimensions: 25" W x 36" T x 13 1/2" D

Price: $4,780

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