Hello everybody! </drnick>
This is my opening post on Lumberjocks with a new project which I have seen done several times previously. I can squarely lay the blame for this one on Joe McGlynn, whose own derivation of the Thorsen House dining room cabinet planted the seed for my own attempt. I’m aiming to document my thought processes and decision-making through this blog, so hopefully it should bring something new to the table other than snapshots of work in progress. As of writing the project is only in the 2D CAD stage, collating measurements and working on basic proportioning. If anything this is the most important stage in a Greene & Greene derived project, otherwise the finished piece lacks harmony within itself and in the place it is situated.
I understand that plans for a Thorsen House style cabinet exist, reproductions by Dale Barnard and classes by William Ng teaching a similar idea. They all seem well and good to me, however the do lack some important details. It is these – in my opinion – that separate the original piece from otherwise “basic exercises in casework with fancy dressing”. Whilst my own interpretation of the cabinet will also be removed from the original in a few areas, I do want to concentrate on incorporating the additional layer of fine detail which is otherwise commonly missing.
I’m currently finishing up the final year of a woodworking degree here in Finland whilst ramping up my own commercial workshop. The work will be done at the school itself, so that will go some way as to explaining the ridiculous tool and operation choices. My material of choice is locally-sourced Birch on the basis that Mahogany is both expensive and not a sustainable choice. Additionally, the lighter tones of Birch lift a room in your typical Finnish house better than darker woods like Mahoganies, Walnuts and heavily-stained Oak.
I’m sure that I have glossed over several points or dwelt upon some too much. I’m looking forward to this and subsequent projects being opened to discussion with the membership, so I’ll cap this post off and move on to the design brief….
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