Breakfront Cabinet #1: Design Considerations

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Blog entry by BruisedThumb posted 12-29-2007 06:36 AM 3530 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every project starts with a controversy; this one is no different. However, being that this has been in queue for awhile, I have a few designs to work with, the time table is better understood, and the I’m doing modeling in SketchUp versus graph paper. Thinking about this more, perhaps the time table isn’t as well understood. Physically, this is the largest project I’ve done. The project sponsor, my wife, might be looking at the time required for the armoire as a reference. I have the luxury of leaving time considerations to her :)

I working on a piece for the dining room that whose function is to display/store plates and silverware. Looking at traditional hutches and breakfront cabinets, we’re identified a style we like in the hutch (FWW #189). The dimensions are not idea for the space we have. The design that fits just right is a breakfront cabinet we found at the New Yankee Workshop (2013).

What features do we incorporate from each? What type of wood? Should we stain some surfaces and paint others to match an existing scheme?

To work through the color/wood selection, I built an abstract model in SketchUp. This was fun and settled the issue – I’ll stain the piece and we’ll do it out of oak. The next step is to attempt to take some of the style from the hutch and map it on to the breakfront cabinet design. This is going to require a bit more detail in the SketchUp model. When this step completes, I’ll post a pic of the model.

-- -- Steven Roberts, Texas

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 07:34 AM

I would love to see the Sketchup image if it is available.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 05:32 PM

Sounds interesting. Post a few pictures if possible, so us visual learners can help you out.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 12-31-2007 06:04 AM

Here is sketch of the model w/o the style of the molding addressed. I’m still learning SketchUp, so I have done some things in the lower cabinet to prevent me from a simple component substitution to compare Norm’s design for the drawer fronts and doors with the country style.

Breakfront Cabinet

-- -- Steven Roberts, Texas

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