I installed the big door today with a helping hand. The careful planning paid big dividends in an incredibly smooth and accurate install.
Before doing the veneer work, I installed and fitted the doors. The doors were then taken to the shop and finished. The hinges were numbered and went back into the same locations. This meant that the final install required no additional adjustment. This is what I call jobsite theory, and it worked out this time.
Getting a handle on it…
Now it is time to fabricate the dual copper handles. They will be bent to follow the contour of the design in the doors. I made a bending jig with a pattern on the leading edge to measure the work against. The design is also drawn on the board and followed for the bending process.
I do not consider myself a metal worker, but it has great potential to go with my wood designs. So I had to figure out how to bend the solid copper rods. The basic principals are not too hard to figure out. The most important one here is consistent and even support for the metal during the bending process. The finished product seemed to turn out good and held the shape quit well on its own.
The clients love the doors and want to change the lighting in the ceiling to better show the work. The recessed cans were not placed with this project in mind. This was not part of the original plans when we built the house. So now I will be taking care of changing the lights.
To see the full progress click on “Cooper Closet” at this link http://gallery.mac.com/toddclippinger.
I have been posting everything in the .Mac gallery and on LJ’s but I need to get my website updated. It just goes to show how you guys rate!
I’m outta here-
Peace, Love, and Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com