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Forum topic by JAAune posted 01-22-2016 05:58 AM 759 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2016 05:58 AM

Just a sneak peek at an ongoing project. These are three of the six cabinets that were installed late 2015. Better pictures will be available after the entire install is complete. Didn’t have much control over the lighting at the time.

Sliding glass doors lock to project the contents from curious hands. Cherry exteriors with curly ash interiors. Lighting will be added later and the bright interiors should reflect it well.

Gluing the three layer banding around the veneered front panels.

Laying up the curly ash.

Attaching sides to the face frame.

Here’s a screenshot showing most of the revisions made before the design was finalized. That’s not showing the various hand sketches done before moving onto computer models.

Currently the centerpiece is undergoing construction. This is a laser-etched template being used to layout and position the base pieces of the cabinet.

Everything will become a projects entry when complete and professional images are available.

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 10:25 PM

Looks like a nice project and nice work thus far.

How thick and long are those glass shelves? It’s hard to see in the picture but it looks like the ends of the shelves are supported by adjustable standards. Is that right? Again I can’t make out in the pictures how you’re supporting the shelves in the middle. Care to answer how you do that?

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 10:33 PM

Roughly 53” shelves in there and yes, those are adjustable standards. At some point I plan to anodize them to match the cherry banding but that’s a future update. My early anodizing attempts failed so I’ll have to rethink my methods there.

I forget the exact numbers but I calculated them at some point during the design phase. The standards are rated for about 250lbs, the shelves weigh around 45lbs and 1/2” thick tempered glass can carry a load of roughly 190lbs across that 53” span. Dulles Glass has an online calculator but I purchased mine through a local company to save freight costs.

No support in the middle. The decision-maker for the school these are in specifically called attention to his aversion to the conventional glass hardware that puts shelf supports in the middle of the cabinet.

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#3 posted 01-23-2016 10:19 PM

Nice job. It appears you had your work cut out for you.

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 12:35 AM

Those are fantastic! I did a trophy case in December but it was a very low budget job. It still turned out nice and fit the building it was in (rustic chalet).

I found the glass to be the expensive part of the build

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 01:35 AM

Yes, glass is very expensive. This is especially true if you need to use tempered glass for code/safety reasons. If you’re near a large city (like Chicago) it’s worth the time to hunt down a manufacturer so you can buy direct. That will cut prices in half right there.

Few local glass shops do any tempering in-house.

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