The first act was to deconstruct the old topper, as noted in Installment #1. But thinking the whole thing was made of oak was a mistake. Here are a couple of pics of side boards, post-glue-up to address splitting that had taken place over the years. This piece was totally abused (mostly in outbuildings) and has been separated from it’s base for decades:
But for the tambour door slats, these sides are the only solid oak pieces of the cabinet. The major partitions as well as the top and bottom pieces are something that looks like poplar to me, but with oak edging. Here’s a pic showing said top and bottom close up, post-glue:
Since only the sides are oak AND they are the only pieces without deep dados in them (hah! deep dado…), I’ve decided to use the oak for the front of the cabinet, with innards of pine / other material as required. How much pine for a carcase? Just a peek into a possible layout tells me how tall the cabinet should be. Witdth confirmed also, with Golden Ratio (1.61) in mind.
So here’s what the sides will be made of:
The inspiration piece has half blinds joining the top with the sides, and simple dados for the bottom. I’ll do some pics of those features in the next installment, I think, so you’ll know what I’m considering as decisions are made. I’d love to use some sliding dovetails, so I’ll make an appeal that anyone with a Stanly #444 not in use, pls consider sending it my way for a couple weeks, okay? :-)
‘til next time!
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