A not-so-safe safe

At first glance it looks like the kind of safe that a bank would keep its money in overnight.

But on closer inspection it turns out to be a not-so-safe wooden imitation that, with a turn of the opening handles, reveals itself to be a drinks cabinet.

It’s the fantastic creation of Isaac Young from Suffolk, who came to the Chippendale school straight from school and who is absolute proof that you can be a great cabinetmaker at any age.

Isaac’s first project was a walnut and olive ash sideboard cabinet comprising well over 400 precisely cut pieces of wood.

The tambour doors to his cabinet were constructed from thin strips of walnut fixed to a flexible backing of artists’ canvas.

Another of his creations was an elegant pedestal table in lustrous solid American black walnut, finished off with a coating of Danish oil – a project that only took him four days to complete.

His drinks cabinet safe is another work of art, comprising MDF veneered with wenge wood, a dark wood that lends a striking pattern and patina to the piece.

Inside the door are CNC wooden gears which release the safe’s security rods and allow the door to be opened – with an interior LED light that automatically clicks on and off.

Isaac had some woodworking experience before coming to us, having a father who is a keen amateur woodworker, but what he has accomplished at the school has been inspiring.

Isaac will be returning to Ipswich in Suffolk to open his own furniture and cabinet making business, Osbourne & Young.

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