Thorsen House Cabinet #11: Reworking the muntins

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Blog entry by EläväPuu posted 04-20-2015 06:59 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Relatively slow progress this week as I’m juggling many things. I was unhappy with the weighting of the first set of muntins, plus I made a simple error. Nothing amazing, but it was enough to convince me to pull the muntins and start afresh. Incidentally, the muntins were surprisingly strong in situ. One never gets much opportunity to test joinery to destruction in a real-world setting so it’s reassuring to know how much integrity exists within the work we do.

In addition to this, I made the executive decision to remake the horizontal muntins using a couple of quick router jigs. Whereas previously the structural glazing dividers were added to a facing, these are solid wood. Most of the rounding over was carried out by hand using files and paper. Surprisingly satisfying and far more akin to the originals than what comes off a router.

The second and third doors are completed save for the Ebony plugs. Tomorrow I’ll be finishing the first door.

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 07:37 PM

This look great! I want to build one… Did you make it full depth like the original, to be recessed into the wall?

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 08:19 PM

I’m quite pleased with how it looks too! I’d imagine it would be very different in a Mahogany or Sapele. The Birch needs a lot of hand work to bring out in wax. There’s still a good way to go yet despite the early coats.

I didn’t go the full depth, no. Perhaps in a future cabinet, but not for this one. I’ll forward you the Solidworks files if you can stand working in Metric!

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 08:28 PM

This looks fabulous! I like the maple and have seen where maple was used for kitchen cabinets in at least one G&G home.

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 02:24 PM

Thanks! I’m actually using locally-sourced Birch. It’s broadly similar to Maples and can have the same blotching problems. The Downy Birch I used here feels a little fluffier than woods in the Acer family. Perhaps a little more like Sycamore from what I remember. The pieces made from Maple in one of the Gamble house’s bedrooms suffered from a lot of this blotching which in my opinion made the pieces look too rustic and unrefined. It really takes a lot of hard work to get past this issue and bring out the glow in the wood.

Not seen kitchen cabinets in Maple yet. Are they from the originals?

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