|Project by noahhl||posted 11-01-2014 05:37 PM||1938 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
This curio display cabinet was vaguely inspired by the form of arched railroad bridges (imagine a train cruising along the top of it). The top is made from walnut, both solid and veneered bent laminations; bottom is made from solid hard maple. Glass shelves and accent lights inside hold your display items.
Joinery is mortise and loose tenon throughout; finished with shellac and wax.
This was my first time working with veneer. A few construction and detail pictures below:
Rough sketch, complete with train on top:
Sides made from layers of 1/4” plywood, vacuum pressed to a form:
Prototype cabinet from scrap wood before committing the expensive veneers (now serving as a plane cabinet in my shop):
Actual cabinet bent and veneered:
Face frame glued on:
Back is made with bookmatched veneers:
Custom sized 1/4” glass shelves:
Stand from solid maple continues the curve of the top all the way down:
Combination door knob and latch from Lee Valley:
I couldn’t find a commercial hinges that would work with the door shape, so I just used some 3/16” brass rod and carefully drilled holes in the frame and door:
LED strip lights in the top provide plenty of light. There’s a dimmer knob hiding behind the apron of the legs: