|Project by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 07-05-2007 04:27 PM||5500 views||10 times favorited||68 comments|
The custom desk project was built to fit into this room. We took the original design from the architect, and some comments from the owner, and came up with this. It is a combination of both of their ideas, plus a few of our own.
The hardwood is Mahogany. The veneers are Quilted Makore. The work surfaces are Black absolute granite.
The large curved pieces are doors, which provide an incredible amount of storage space. These were built using two layers of 3/8” bendy board, which is a flexible plywood. The two layers were glued together over a form and placed in a vacuum bag. Uni bond 800, a urea resin glue, was used to bond them together. The reason for this choice of glues is the fact it is quite rigid, so it will hold the shape after removing the parts from the vacuum bag.
It is important to estimate the amount of spring back that will occur, once the pieces are removed from the form. For this reason it is important to build the form at a tighter curve than the desired finished piece will be. Even with the rigid glue a small amount of spring back does occur. Especially with such large doors.
The form must also be very strong, or it will be crushed by the vacuum system! Or another option is an air bladder that is inserted into a hollow form, and applies an equal amount of pressure on the inside of the form, as is applied on the outside. This was our method, as it makes a much easier, and lighter form.
Once the doors were veneered we made Mahogany “ribs” for the inside of the doors, one on the top, one on the bottom. This guarantees they keep the same radius.
We bookmatched the veneers on the wide doors, and also from one side of the room to the other. The two oppossing sides of the room are exact mirror images of each other. This includes the two columns.
The curves on the custom desk project allow the desk to nestle nicely in relation to the curved cabinets.
The cabinets are installed on euuropean feet, which make leveling them simple, and allows the toe kick boards to be poped off to run wires under the cabinets.
The trim pieces above the upper cabinets have low voltage lighting hidden behind them, and gives a nice even glow above them. The upper cabinets also have the same lighting mounted to the bottom of them to put the same glow onto the granite.
The raised panel doors are made from 3/4” M.D.F. with a Mahogany frame biscuited to them. Then they are veneered and run thru the shaper. The backs are also veneered, using a mahogany veneer. This makes a very stable door. The stiles and rails are constructed in the standard fashion.
Once we finished the installation, the room was carpeted with black carpet. It really looked great.