“Can you do curved stuff?” That was the first question my client asked when I went to look at this project. “It’s to fit in an arched alcove…”
I ended up producing three concepts of a display cabinet to fit into this unusual space, not antique – but not modern either. Anyway this is the one he chose.
American black walnut, black walnut veneered mdf. Becker Acroma AC Satin lacquer finish, The centre panels with the round top are fixed – a quirky feature that I liked from older pieces of furniture I’d seen, the frill on the centre piece is three drawers with push to open drawer sides on them – the only thing I’m not happy with on this is you can see the slides. Of course when I installed the lights in the arched top, the spots were shining across at an angle, so I ended up making some angled bezels with two hole saws and the bandsaw to compensate. Pic 6 will give you an idea of the scale of this job.
The curved cornice was much easier to make than I thought. I drew the frieze rail and cornice in Adobe Illustrator, broke it into three parts and made templates to fit all the pieces, screwed them to the timber, shaped them with a flush bearing guided bit, then did the cove and the roundover. They all fitted together really well.