|Project by aussiedave||posted 06-11-2013 05:30 AM||5116 views||8 times favorited||20 comments|
These display cabinets were made for my wife Kelley’s pottery teacher; I was stunned to be commissioned to make something for someone. I did go into a mild panic for I was no longer just doing something for myself in my own time – I was making something for someone else and being paid for it. I don’t know about the rest of you but I really felt pressured to supply something that I was not sure I had the skill to do. As you can see by the photos I was set to a budget so solid wood was out and I had to use veneered chipboard and European soft close hinges. The veneer is White Oak and the edge banding is Red Oak; once they are varnished, they are very close in colour. I made the edge banding strips 1mm over size in the width then shaved it back with a block plane flush with the veneered chipboard. I masked out all the tenons and dados with masking tape to keep the joinery wood varnish-free for gluing. The doors are joined with floating tenons, and I used a slot cutting router bit to make the slot for the glass to slip into when I did the glue up on the doors. I varnished before glue up so I could keep the varnish strokes going with the grain of the veneer. Anyway, the lady was very happy with the end result and now she has some where to put her two granddaughters’ crystal figurines.
I cut the french cleats into the side panels, glued and screwed it to the backing board, which in turn is glued on all four side into dado’s of the carcase. I didn’t want to just place it under the top, making top section take the all the weight of the cabinet. I felt this way the weight would be shared by the whole cabinet. Not sure I explained that, all that well…lol
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