Chippendale Book Press with Tombstone Doors
This curly cherry book press was designed and built in the Chippendale style using elements from a china press and a tall desk from the late 18th century. The approximate dimensions of this piece are 75 3/4" high x 45" wide x 15 7/8" deep, with a usable shelf depth will be approximately 13". The book press was constructed using wide matched cherry for the primary wood - with beautiful, highly figured curly cherry for the raised door panels and crotch cherry drawer fronts. This bookpress stands on ogee bracket feet and features traditional waist and crown molding. Hand cut dovetail drawers are constructed with cockbeaded fronts (solid maple drawer sides and a solid poplar bottom). Solid cherry backboards with shiplap construction are used in the upper cabinet section. Three shelves are built into the upper cabinet via fixed construction with sliding dovetail joinery. Doors are pinned mortise and tenon joinery with tombstone upper panels. The hardware used is reproduction quality brass hardware with locks on the drawers and door. This piece was finished with hand rubbed wiping varnish - then waxed and buffed to a satin finish. The overall size of the cabinet can be customized to your space requirements and storage needs. This cabinet works equally well as a dining room piece for china storage. Additionally, the cabinet could easily be redesigned to accommodate entertainment equipment.
This cabinet could easily be built from Maple, Walnut, Mahogany or Cherry.
The dimensions of the book press are approximately 75 3/4" high x 45" wide x 15 7/8" deep\ - these dimensions can be customized to meet specific requirements.
The case construction is hand cut dovetail joints with sliding dovetails to attach the fixed shelves.
The doors feature pinned mortise and tenon construction with tombstone shaped upper raised panels.
Reproduction quality brass hardware and hinges, lockable doors and drawer.
The back is constructed from shiplapped cherry boards.
Ogee bracket foot base.
The piece was finished with a hand rubbed wiping varnish, buffed and waxed to a warm satiny finish.
Detail view showing interior of upper cabinet
Base of cabinet showing the drawer with crotch cherry front and cockbeaded edges.