Curvey Cabinet

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Project by slapdash posted 11-24-2013 10:08 PM 2117 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make a piece of furniture with a curved element in it for my course at Tech. I also needed an end table for my sofa. I like making cabinets and fitting drawers, so here it is! My curvey cabinet. Beloved of millions, and winner of a certificate of merit in the novice section of the National Woodskills competition, here in NZ.

The sides are glue-laminated panels, three pieces each side, edge joined. The bent sides are American Ash.

The steam bending we attempted seemed to work better for long thin pieces than for wide ones and I just couldn’t get my planks to bend, even when I tried it at home (drawers converted to steam box – hole in the bottom of the top drawer), where I could steam it for hours and add extra weight to the jig by an ingenious method shown.

So I sliced the planks up thinly and glued them up in the jig and joined them together to form (rather wonky) panels. The plan was that the panels would be straight by the time they reached the drawer pocket. Ha ha, in my dreams. So I had to make the drawer with thicker sides which I then shaped to fit into the curvey pocket.

The door and drawer front are a spalted piece of black Maire I found in the scraps bin at tech, and the top is Australian blackwood. It conveniently has a round swirl of grain at the front, which will save me the trouble of making coffee stains on it. I still do, haha.

The last photo is of the cabinet in position, hard at work. Thanks for looking.

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 10:14 PM

Wow, that straight edge needs to be checked with a machinist square.

Really though, it is a great looking piece

I remember your treasure chest when obtained the new saw

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 10:44 PM

Thanks Norman, and thanks for remembering my treasure. I’ve got a heap of projects to add, but they made us learn photography and now I’ve lost my confidence for postings. But the course finishes soon so I’ll be at home with my tablesaw and my crazy ideas so it’s – more to come

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#3 posted 11-24-2013 11:27 PM

This is really cool. I really like the design and flow of this piece. The craftsmanship is top notch. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 11-24-2013 11:30 PM

Now this is unique and cool…...well done.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 12:16 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 12:19 AM

beautiful piece!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 04:37 AM

Great looking cabinet. I have made a few like that but they were Band Saw boxes

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 06:53 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 08:50 PM

I really enjoyed seeing your project! Exquisite style. Wonderful piece of work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 07:47 AM

Great curves and nice work!

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 06:38 PM

Wow.. Thats great !

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#12 posted 11-29-2013 02:51 PM

Beautiful and unique cabinet, like the curves and the joints. It looks great with your sofa. Amazing work on it!

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#13 posted 12-03-2014 06:51 AM

also very cool will probably have to make something similar next year

-- knots and cracks are a good thing if you let them be!

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