|Project by Joe Dusel||posted 11-15-2011 05:31 PM||5016 views||13 times favorited||4 comments|
This is a project that I designed with the eCabinet Systems software in October 2011 and had milled on another shop’s Thermwood CNC. I have a pretty well equipped shop, but I make my shoe benches ready-to-assemble (RTA), so I need to have the CNC cut all of my RTA hardware holes. And for this bench making the side cutouts was easy using the CNC.
I’ve included three of the design images so you can see what the eCabs software can do. It’s nice that I can just send the file for this project right to the machine.
The pattern for the sides of my Kami bench is a stylization of a Japanese Torii gate. The torii gates are typically found at the entrance of Shinto shrines. Kami is the Japanese word for spirits, but it can also be translated to mean gods. So, you might say that this getabako was inspired by “God”.
The pattern for the side cutouts started out much differently and evolved in collaboration with my wife. We actually do a lot of that here since we run a small home-based business.
This bench is constructed of 4×8 Baltic Birch plywood with three coats of a Valspar Zenith water based acrylic finish. I spray the dye stain by the way. It seems to go on a lot easier that way, and it’s much more even. The black accents are a water based acrylic from Hi-Lux. Both the Zenith and the Hi-Lux are terrific products. They go on easy, lay down smooth, dry pretty quick (about 20 minutes) and clean up with water.
I use the Hafele Rafix RTA hardware for my benches. I go deluxe with my hardware, so I even use the brass inserts. These benches can be assembled in about 10 to 15 minutes using just a Philips screwdriver.
Here are our typical assembly instructions so you can get a better idea of how the hardware works.
Let me know what you think!
-- Joe, http://www.cft411.com