This cabinet was inspired by 18th century furniture makers Abraham and David Roentgen. Their work is visually stunning and often “animated”, i.e., drawers, secret compartments, and easels that fly open with the push of a button or the twist of a nob, .e.g., their Berlin Cabinet.
The Roentgens hid their mechanisms. In this piece the mechanism is the featured element of the piece. The wooden gears reside on the top of the cabinet as does the controller (inspired by a ship’s Chadburn) and leather belt drive tensioned by a wooden screw. All of this with a touch of elegance (beautiful woods-olive ash burl, curly maple and walnut) and more than a touch of whimsy.
Click HERE for video showing the cabinet coming together and the mechanism opening the drawer.