Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some More Slow Progress

I had some trouble getting momentum back after Christmas break, but I am reaching the point where the finished piece doesn't seem too far off. After a few days of planing and flattening the back-panel it was glued in and work began on the frames for the glass doors.

Cutting the rabbet on the shaper, I didn't set up stops to prevent going all the way through the ends of the styles, thought I'd be careful enough not to need them. A one-second daydream later, I had some patching to do.

Frame members fixed and ready for glue.

Poor unfinished cabinet collecting dust and feeling neglected.

Taking the glass shelves for a test run, realized that my measurements were a little off and I will have to reorder them. This time I will use templates to be sure that they will fit as the cabinet is more out of square than I thought. The glass cutter did such a beautiful job on the edges, will have to find another use for them.

Junior (a classmate) was working on a new counter for the Gumboot Cafe that is next to the school. He asked me to do a boot in marquetry to compliment the parquetry he did with Maple veneers. The boot was done in Rosewood and the Edges in Walnut. The counter top looks great in place but I think they will have to do something with the rest of the counter to do it some justice.

Does anybody else find formatting posts in blogger crazy frustrating? Just me?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Some progress photos of the last few weeks. Not as far as I would like to be of course, but the goal is to be wrapping up by the end of January. I was happy to have at least had it to the point where it somewhat resembled a cabinet for the open house.

Gluing the frame members together around the panel. The open part will be glass.

The frame around the glass was joined with mortise and tenon. The piece framing in the rear of the panel was doweled.

Panels finally glued together and doweled to the top and bottom.

The applied edges around the edges of the top and bottom were very thin to stay consistent with the slight steps between the frame members and panels and sides to the top and bottom. The doweling position had to be very precise as just 1/32" would have thrown the steps all off and/or exposed the Sycamore from the interior.

Had to be careful positioning the hinges for the same reason.

 Roughing out the flipper-floppers.

 The big glue-up, Jason taking pictures and asking me to pose.

With Steve's help, and despite Jason's distractions, it went very smoothly.

Went to take a photo and found this surprise on my camera...