|Project by DHS||posted 10-01-2012 02:51 AM||2504 views||8 times favorited||22 comments|
I just joined my local woodworker’s association and the meeting this week includes a classic challenge – build something beautiful out of an 8-ft construction-grade 2×4. I recently read James Krenov’s book The Fine Art of Cabinet Making and, inspired by his description of a coopered cabinet, I decided to make one from this 2×4. Now, it occurred to me that Krenov might roll over in his grave at the idea that someone would copy his cabinet using a 2×4 but then I thought, maybe he could use the exercise.
I ripped sections of the 2×4 into 3/4” x 1.5” wide lengths and then ripped those at a 5 degree angle and glued them up to make the curved door. I probably should have glued them up in several parts, but I only had one day in the shop to finish the cabinet so I clamped all the pieces together in my end vise and draped SCUBA weight belts over the top to keep the whole curved structure aligned. It worked! I then planed the door to create a smooth, rounded surface. I also rounded the cabinet sides and cut a curved top and bottom to match the curve of the door. Krenov used dowels to hold his cabinet together, but I decided to experiment with sliding dovetails. My first. They worked OK, but next time perhaps I’ll get a tighter fit if I’m more patient. I had some material left over so I built a small shelf and carved a little door pull.
I finished the cabinet with a coat of paste wax that I thought would allow an unhindered view of the exquisite grain of this $1.53 2×4 from Lowes. You know, hardware included, this cabinet cost only ten bucks. I might start making more of my projects from this stuff.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA