A face lift for an old filing cabinet part 1

For more than a decade I have been interested in combining metal office furniture (predominantly filing cabinets and metal hardware drawers) with wooden components to form new pieces. Often my metal+wood projects are basic and include only a few components, whereas in other occasions they turn out to be more elaborate. Yet, in all 'cases' I try to compose the metal and the wood in a way that will unite them in a strong aesthetic bond.

My recent metal+wood project was a one-drawer filing cabinet which received a portable base and was crowned with natural slab top. I cut the top from a thin slab of hardwood that I found 14 years ago. Back in the the day I used to drive to a lumber yard in the south of Tel Aviv and look for boards and slabs of wood that had been discarded.

Wood imported to Israel was stacked on pallets made from secondary wood; the sawmill made these pallets for shipping their top-grade lumber. Sometimes the lumber stack was capped with thin slabs of wide board that protected the pile form the elements. I coveted that particular leftover wood and used it for my projects. The slab I chose for the filling cabinet top had a split on one of its ends. Instead of cutting the split area off, I decided to lock it and secure it with a butterfly key – in the style of George Nakashima's furniture.

 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.