Thorsen House Cabinet #5: Finalising the carcasswork

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Blog entry by EläväPuu posted 12-20-2014 04:54 PM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone – this post is more of a basic check-in than a large amount of progress. The build date on this project is still not set purely because I have other projects of higher priority. Specifically, I have a Gamble House dining room table and chairs to build. So anyway. This project will be pushed along through the design process whilst that one is playing out with perhaps a degree of crossover on when it will happen. Perhaps spring 2015?

Based on my observations of the original piece, I’m fairly happy that what I have distilled so far is a good facsimile within the constraints I placed upon it. The essential Greene & Greene touches such as multiple levels of relief caused me a fair amount of calculator-mashing in order to figure out where to place the stepped dados and which pieces would be most appropriate to do certain operations on. There’s plenty of opportunity to make one’s work harder than it needs to be here….

A quick rendering of the cabinet as it stands:

The carcass itself is relatively simple.

The top consists of one large board with the previously-mentioned stepped dados. Due to the bulk of this piece, everything was kept simple enabling it to be produced almost exclusively on a table saw. Even the top edge of the angled internal door frame step (second from lowest). Three 8mm x 10mm slots at the rear allow for solid wood backing boards to be securely fitted.

The central dividing walls are also relatively simple. Again, table saw work. The exception here being the mating face for the angled door recess. Likely I will break out a palm router for the straight portion and a chisel for the remainder.

The three front faces located directly under the doors. These bits WILL be fun to cut. Again, nothing a table saw and good patience cannot handle. The ends will be shaped first on a table router so any blowout will be soaked up by the grain-aligned work.

The vertical dividers and sides can quite happily be fitted into shallow dados in the base board, subsequently covered by the lower skirting. Interestingly, it appears that the front portion of the lower skirt is partially cut away so that it fits more snugly into the main body of the cabinet. The thickness of the piece itself is evidenced by the size of the finger in the join. It is equally feasible that the entire lower portion of the door frames and front skirt are the same piece of wood. Closeup shots of the seam certainly make this a compelling possibility. For the purposes of my own construction, this is a detail I think I can happily not lose any sleep over.

Time to start some work on the doors!

PS. An interesting observation of the original which occurred to me is a detail hiding in plain sight. The far outer internal vertical faces of the cabinets are either veneered or formed from two pieces of wood. This would make sense since the cabinet is half recessed into the wall. It doesn’t affect my design, but I thought it worth making note of ;-)

-- "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence"

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