|Project by KnickKnack||posted 07-29-2010 03:26 PM||1442 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Two years in the thinking. Two months in the design. Two weeks in the making. At last – it’s finished.
One’s view of this piece depends on whether you’re a “Glass half full” or “Glass half empty” kind of person. Me, I’m a “Put it in a smaller glass” sort of person.
Glass half full
I’d intended to use floating tenons, but in the end I went for normal “half-tenons”. The different thicknesses of the wood allowed this, and, given that I don’t have a table saw or router table, the “half” version was at least possible. For my first attempt at this it didn’t come out too badly. The joints are square and tight.
The hinges are done using a “stick in tube” mechanism. This had been plan A, but I’d baulked at the idea when it came down to it – it requires that the tube holes be drilled perfectly square and perfectly aligned top and bottom – and anything including the word “perfect” is usually beyond me. So I went to plan B and bought some “flip out” hinges – alas they were too small and none larger could be found. So, back to plan A. This is “glass half full” so they didn’t come out too badly – the doors work, and I really didn’t want to be seeing hinges.
The blue stain on the plywood doors was the wife’s idea – it sort of matches some of the blue in the rest of the kitchen, and actually looks OK.
Overall I quite like the look of the thing, although I’d really like be be able to start over – a version 2 would be so much better.
Glass half empty
Where to start! lol
The doors are not quite aligned. The doors are not quite large enough giving too much of a gap between them.
Having made the top, I then cut the mortises on the wrong side of it, so the carefully selected “prettiest” wood is against the wall, and the “bad joint” is in the open – you think I’d wanted to have those extra vertical mahogany inserts?
In case you were wondering, the top can’t be attached until the tiles for the back have been purchased – that might take a few years!
Riga Pine, birch ply, varnish.
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