I debated whether I should put this entry here or over at HomeRefurbers, but that site really hasn’t taken off yet, and the process of coming up with our kitchen cabinets is feeling a whole lot more like woodworking than it is home improvement. Although an upgrade from the 1 person 1947 kitchen will certainly be an improvement.
My arm was good enough this weekend to play in the shop again. My main project was to mock up a prototype to some lightweight appliance lift ideas I’ve had, we want to put the toaster and the vacuum sealer and the blender on appliance lifts, but we want something small, that only takes up 8” or so of vertical underneath the counter, and we don’t need to be swinging a big heavy weight, like a huge mixer, that most of the commercial appliance lifts are engineered for. My prototypes aren’t worth showing off yet, but I also whipped together a second prototype door so that I could become familiar with these newfangled “euro hinge” thingies (kids these days, what will they come up with next, eh?).
So this is a pair of practice doors mounted on a box made of cheap exterior grade plywood.
The frames are Eastern maple that we bought for cheap off Craigslist from a local guy who makes stamp handles. This is his scrap, some of it is beautifully figured heart/sap interface, some of it is just utility maple, but we like the look. The panels are Peruvian mahogany reclaimed from box beams, these are glued up from narrow pieces because this is just prototyping to see if we like it, the actual panels will be one piece for the full width.
The difficult part of these doors is that the frame is mitered. If you’ve ever tried to get 45.0000°, you’ll understand. Also, because I’m cutting with the Festool saw on a rail rather than a table saw, ripping to width takes a little bit of care. I’m getting better at both of those things. The miters are joined with loose tenons (Dominos).
We’re trying to figure out what catch and spring mechanisms we may use, I’m pushing for a handle of some sort, either carved out of mahogany or some darker wood, Charlene’s preferences seem to be running towards the “push to open” mechanisms, but I’m not so much a fan because I think they always get stuck in the wrong position, misfire, and don’t look terribly good.
Feels good to get back in the shop.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke