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Woods for sideboard in Biedermeyer style

Front doors in a rich walnut burl

Client selected veneer

Selected for door/drawer fronts. Detail of pattern

example veneer

Same piece, full size- image from CertainlyWood

bookmatching

As received. First match for uniform coloration. Top, bottom and side boards roughly show the size for 2 door match.

bookmatching

As received. First match for dramatic center. Top, bottom and side boards roughly size for 2 doors match.

bookmatching

Second match for dramatic center. Four voids would need patching.
Top, bottom and side boards roughly size for 2 doors match.

Simulating the possible door combinations

Having taken pictures of all five leafs front and back, I can then manipulate the images to simulate various bookmatching combinations. The matches are not easy as images so are a little off. Rest assured that the actual piece will have clean matched leafs. I've used an excellent freeware image manipulation tool called Freestone to build up the possible door combinations and add simulated pulls and the ebonized strip that will separate the drawers from lower doors. The pulls and strip are freehanded in to suggest these design details, so don't worry about their size or accuracy of placement.

The four possible choices are shown below.  This may be the most important design decision for the piece so take your time.

front doors with uniform coloration

Choice 1: 4 door combination bookmatched for uniform coloration and figure.

front doors with two stripes

Choice 2: 4 door combination bookmatched for two dramatic vertical figures (bottom of leafs).

front doors with two stripes

Choice 3: 4 door combination bookmatched for two dramatic vertical figures (top of leafs).

front doors with one stripe

Choice 4: 4 door combination bookmatched for one dramatic vertical.
This has a couple of problems: first, by definition, the outer doors will not exactly match to the inner set of doors.
Second, the handles make it look like a cow!
There is a 5th possible combo in that the one vertical is taken from the top of the sheets as above. But that will also have voids to fill.

Inside of doors in a silky quarter-sawn ash

inside door veneer

Quarter-sawn fidured ash selected for inside of door/drawer fronts. Detail of pattern

inside door veneer

Same piece, full size

Top and sides in walnut with some ray flecking

top/side veneer

Tops and sides in walnut Detail of pattern

top/side veneer

Same piece, full size. Image from Certainlywood

top veneer as cut

Top veneer as received and selectively cut. This will be the top of the piece.

side veneer as cut

Side veneer as received and selectively cut. Top of side is top of image. This will be one of the sides of the piece.

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Crotch mahogany
Crotch mahogany