Curvey Cabinet

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Project by slapdash posted 276 days ago 1236 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make a piece of furniture with a curved element in it for my course at Tech. I also needed an end table for my sofa. I like making cabinets and fitting drawers, so here it is! My curvey cabinet. Beloved of millions, and winner of a certificate of merit in the novice section of the National Woodskills competition, here in NZ.

The sides are glue-laminated panels, three pieces each side, edge joined. The bent sides are American Ash.

The steam bending we attempted seemed to work better for long thin pieces than for wide ones and I just couldn’t get my planks to bend, even when I tried it at home (drawers converted to steam box – hole in the bottom of the top drawer), where I could steam it for hours and add extra weight to the jig by an ingenious method shown.

So I sliced the planks up thinly and glued them up in the jig and joined them together to form (rather wonky) panels. The plan was that the panels would be straight by the time they reached the drawer pocket. Ha ha, in my dreams. So I had to make the drawer with thicker sides which I then shaped to fit into the curvey pocket.

The door and drawer front are a spalted piece of black Maire I found in the scraps bin at tech, and the top is Australian blackwood. It conveniently has a round swirl of grain at the front, which will save me the trouble of making coffee stains on it. I still do, haha.

The last photo is of the cabinet in position, hard at work. Thanks for looking.

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#1 posted 276 days ago

Wow, that straight edge needs to be checked with a machinist square.

Really though, it is a great looking piece

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-- Norman

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#2 posted 276 days ago

Thanks Norman, and thanks for remembering my treasure. I’ve got a heap of projects to add, but they made us learn photography and now I’ve lost my confidence for postings. But the course finishes soon so I’ll be at home with my tablesaw and my crazy ideas so it’s – more to come

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#3 posted 276 days ago

This is really cool. I really like the design and flow of this piece. The craftsmanship is top notch. Great job

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#4 posted 276 days ago

Now this is unique and cool…...well done.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 276 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!


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#6 posted 276 days ago

beautiful piece!!!!

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#7 posted 275 days ago

Great looking cabinet. I have made a few like that but they were Band Saw boxes

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#8 posted 275 days ago

Great work!

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#9 posted 275 days ago

I really enjoyed seeing your project! Exquisite style. Wonderful piece of work!

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#10 posted 274 days ago

Great curves and nice work!

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#11 posted 273 days ago

Wow.. Thats great !

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#12 posted 271 days ago

Beautiful and unique cabinet, like the curves and the joints. It looks great with your sofa. Amazing work on it!

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