Over the past few weekends the rush has been on in the workshop to create sawdust … I mean, CABINETS.
Before it gets too cold, I want the upper cabinets done for the kitchen. Unlike all of the past projects, this one has a few parts that are getting contracted out. All the shelves will be glass. The lower doors will have antique glass. The big task will be the upper doors. Those will be stained glass designs by a local artisan. There will be six panels – each a different fruit or vegetable. I’ll write more as those start to get designed and built. I hope the artisan will allow me to do a profile piece.
For now, it’s woodworking.
I’ve learned a lot of tricks over the past two years and most are needed for these cabinets. For example, they use the technique of biscuit joints where there are discreet biscuit slots on the back of the face frames but the carcasses get a continuous groove.
The rails of the face frame a 1/4″ low, exposing the endue of the middle shelf and the bottom shelf. By adding a finish band to the shelves, the exposed strip acts as a bottom door stop for the full onset doors. Before the face frames are joined to the carcasses, a small strip is added to lower edge of the back of the top and middle rails. These act as the top door stops.
Side panels are biscuited to the face frame at the front and screwed from the back edge of the carcass.
There are other tricks and jigs from past projects that have also added to the accuracy and improvements to the quality of construction.
In the meantime, I thought I’d post a picture of the shop.