Walnut rails are removed from the press forma and planed and sanded into their final shape. The legs have a slight taper on the inside corner and the rails are jointed 80mm from the bottom of the tapered surface, curving inwards to meet each other. The pictures show the rail joining the two front legs.
The new drinks cabinet will have two curved leg rails, both peeling inwards from the front and back legs to meet in the centre, where they will be joined by a steel rod conduit. As well as joining and strengthening the legs, the rails are prominent decorative feature and must compliment the overall design so the curve must be as perfect possible. I hope to achieve this by creating a template and adjusting the shape by hand. This template will then be used to create a lamination forma that can bend and glue several straight strips of solid walnut together to make the curved form.
The main drawer for the drinks cabinet is now completed and ready for gluing up. The wild grain on the drawer front was a little too much even for the Veritas jack plane so out came the trusty cabinet scraper. The partition and sub partition are also completed and jointed to the drawer carcass.
The small internal wine rack sits at the bottom of the drinks cabinet carcass and will accommodate six bottles. The pleasing curves on the front of the walls echo the curved doors that will embrace the front of the cabinet. This detail also resembles sails and the Streamline Moderne period of Art Deco that the cabinet is influenced by.
A 12mm thick glass shelf compliments the matching drawer and pull-out shelf for new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel. The MDF mock-up allows for many many harmless adjustments while the finished walnut panels lay stacked and safe from knocks and bruises.
The traditional drawer runs on the cabinets dividing shelf whilst the pull-out serving shelf runs on Hettich V6 soft close drawer runners.
The new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel includes a wide internal drawer, revealed once the cabinet is opened. The wild grain selected for the front matches the front of the pull-out serving shelf, also revealed once the doors are opened. The drawer bottom is lined with black 'Cosmopolitan' leather from Yarwoods.
The new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel includes a pull-out serving shelf for drinks preparation. The shelf resembles a tray, with the front, back and side edges proud of the panel. Today I jointed and glued the shelf together. I find that a childs toothbrush and some water are perfect to remove excess glue.
Today the drinks cabinet in walnut and steel progressed onto solid timber components. The wavy, deep grain on the this solid walnut is a perfect selection for the drawer front and the matching front of the pull out serving shelf. Lovely!
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The bookmatched #veneeers are glued to the boards and placed into the heat press for 10 minutes! This was a revelation to me. I have only used a vacuum bag press before which takes hours and is quite noisy. Thank you Ned for the use of your press. Next I took all the veneering tape off whilst the panels were still hot. This took only a few minutes. Back in Bermondsey I trimmed the excess veneer and and sanded back. The panels are now ready to joint into a carcass.
New drinks cabinet in walnut and steel. Plywood panels prepped for veneering. First we glue solid walnut lippings to the panels before gluing the bookmatched veneers in place.
I hope this new drinks cabinet in walnut and steel will succesfully marry the hand crafted ethos with a glamour attitude. To be begin with I am selecting, cutting and matching veneeres to dress the carcase of the cabinet.
You would think that a butterfly joint was just for show but they are the most functional, structural of joints. But you can still make them pretty even if they are hidden.
Next Tuesday, October 10th I will be taking part in a live auction on instagram @heliconiafurniture to raise funds for Hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. The initiative started with Puerto Rican born María Gómez from @byronandgomez furniture. Other great makers involved
The legs of Version 3 of this tripod stool has a pegged lap joint, the motice holes for each joining component are drilled in staggered from each other so when the tenon peg is hammered in, the three components are drawn together tightly.
The wood chippings from my combination planer pile up and up but fortunately I have a friend with a gardening business who uses the chippings as mulch around plants. I do have a backlog of offcuts from the saw that are perfect for indoor fires or garden chimineas if anyone would like a bag!
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