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Project by PPK posted 04-08-2019 06:32 PM 2614 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I apologize, I only have one photo of the finished cabinet. It’s installed in a chapel, and will be used to display relics.
It is made from oak, with a dark stain, and polyurethane.

The glass is 3/8” thick, and the door locks. I ended up using shower door hardware, to get enough strength for the large glass panel.

Here are some build shots, to make up for the lack of “finished” pictures!
Building the arch for the face frame:

I built two segmented arches, and then glued them together to make an 1-1/2” thick arch. The segments are joined with biscuits.

Next I started building the arch for the carcass. I built a form, and then used it to glue-lam the carcass arch. The boards to the right of the arch are the 1/8” thick strips I re-sawed to make the veneers.

Here’s the large and rather stressful glue-up, using plastic resin glue. I did it in the middle of winter, in the living room, in front of the fireplace since I couldn’t keep the shop warm enough for long enough :-) It turned out really well in spite of the challenges.

Next I cut out the rest of the side parts.

I cut the frame arch to shape, and installed the face frame.

I installed the back,
cut in a keystone, and cut in a decorative bead…

Finally, I installed the glass.

One regret is that the shower door hinges have a different pivot point, and the glass door actually can’t open a full 90 degrees before it hits the curved face frame. It works fine, however, since this is a display cabinet, and will rarely be opened. I always learn some important lesson the hard way!

-- Pete

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#1 posted 04-08-2019 06:50 PM

Quite the build! Very impressive. Beautiful work as always.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 04-08-2019 07:09 PM

Extremely nice.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-08-2019 07:25 PM

nice work and a challenging glue up.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-08-2019 08:01 PM

Looks great, Pete! Nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-08-2019 08:43 PM

Nice work, it looks to fit well there. I like the hand beading, I may try that one.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 04-08-2019 10:56 PM

Looks like you actually have an artistic as well as a creative/craftsman side! Very Nice.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 04-09-2019 02:44 AM

Thanks all! Andre, I’ve got another potential project for the church that will require more art. I’m looking forward to it!

-- Pete

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#8 posted 04-09-2019 05:44 AM

My latest creation for my Favorite Daughter’s, School Chapel.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 04-09-2019 12:56 PM

Hey, that’s a beautiful Crucifix, Andre!

-- Pete

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