Thorsen House Cabinet #6: hammering out the bugs

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Blog entry by EläväPuu posted 12-26-2014 04:47 PM 1427 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I trust everybody is full of mince pies and good single malts? Good.

Progress on the cabinet design has been excellent, with only a few minor issues here and there. One specific one which I’ll outline is about the door design. First of all, a quick rendering of the more-or-less finished design.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will note that I made the central door marginally too wide, causing the door to over-run into one of the dividers. Oops! That still hasn’t been fixed since I’d rather consider how best to fix it first. Constraints on the dimensioning of the entire piece for where it will exist in our home have meant that the central door is already of different height-width dimensions to the original. I can easily soak up the discrepancy through the two outer doors or the central door alone. Ideally I think I should suck up the height, but that’s a far larger job. Again, a little patience in what to do will produce the best decision here.

The main point which I discovered today is about hinge placement. Quite simply, the frame of the doors is not and cannot be symmetrical. The lip around the front of the doors prevents a sensible locating point for the hinges. My first thought was that obviating the lip and angled faces on the hinge stile would be the simplest method of making this happen. Being me, I couldn’t quite bring myself to commit the change without further examination of the original. Part of my personal remit for this piece is to stick to the details, and if not at least understand what any why those details were there in the first place. This is one of those!

The answer (and a certain degree of mental closure) came to me in an image posted on Joe McGlynn's blog on his Thorsen cabinet build. Whilst this detail does not appear in his cabinet, the image is particularly enlightening. The inner face of the hinge stile is clearly wider than that of the lock stile. It is more than likely simply square. I decided to reward myself with a quick dram of Ardbeg 10yo whilst I re-jigged my game plan.

This simple detail which I missed at first (by a lack of consideration) alters a couple of key aspects of the design, and in fact simplifies it a little. Always a welcome thing! The outer walls of the cabinet originally needed a less-than-straightforward mating face for the internally angled part of the door frame. Since the hinges for the outer doors are fitted to the outer walls, both of these piece become far simpler to construct.

Okay! I don’t have much more to bring to the table today I’m afraid. I promise to check in with anything and everything, and I genuinely would appreciate some constructive criticism as to whether I am on the right track here, or whether I have totally missed something fundamental. In the meantime, have a great new year and be excellent to each other.

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

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