Eighteenth Century Cabinet #8: Progress on the 18 C. Cabinet

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-26-2021 02:46 PM 743 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since the last entry I’ve made a good bit of progress. The side panels are now completely finished and ready to be mounted on the cabinet and the front door panel is well underway. I’m also including a few pics of the custom veneer press I made up to press the curved sides.

This is what a finished side panel looks like.

The front doors will carry an adapted version of this Jean Francois Oeben table top.

The current state of that panel.

... and then there is the custom press …. Each frame has a screw in the centre and two wedges

The back is fitted to the inside curve and the legs

The whole thing will press the marquetry panel with this curved caul

It makes a nice tight fit

Next time I should be able to show the panels actually on the cabinet!

Thanks for looking in.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 03-26-2021 02:59 PM

Thanks for the update!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-26-2021 03:22 PM

Impressive Paul! Stunningly impressive!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 03-26-2021 03:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful Paul and the veneer press is genius (Yes, I will be stealing that idea…)

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#5 posted 03-26-2021 03:52 PM

Great progress. I had been wondering how you planned to fix the veneered panel to the carcass and now I know! Is the caul made of flexi ply so that it moves to fit the cabinet contours?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 03-26-2021 04:35 PM

Awesome—thanks for this!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#7 posted 03-26-2021 05:18 PM

Jim , just normal 1/8” plywood laminated to the curve but it flexes enough to insure very good contact when pressed.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 03-26-2021 05:46 PM

Very impressive to say the least. I would be cross eyed by now. Great work, your work always makes me strive to do better.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 03-26-2021 06:15 PM

You’re cruisin brother Lumberjock

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-26-2021 07:59 PM

These are beautiful and astounding workmanship.

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#11 posted 03-26-2021 09:12 PM

Great work Paul, I’m really enjoying your post on this piece of furniture. You never cease to amaze!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 03-26-2021 09:20 PM

So that’s how you clamp a curved panel. Thanks for the update, Paul!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 03-26-2021 11:57 PM

Interesting veneer press. What do you use between the marquetry panel and the laminated ply press to even out the pressure and irregularities? I’ve tried all sorts of combinations. Different thicknesses of Jiffy foam packing sheet, numerous sheets of newspaper, lino floor covering, table place mats. The vivid colours of the marquetry is quite exceptional. I came across this Chinese knife makers store (one of many) on AliExpress that sells exotic woods – small pieces but worth a look to convert to veneer or use in small woodwork projects. I’m not sure if you could import it into the US or what the woods provenance is …...hmmmm.
I look forward to the next bombe cabinet project – surely you’ll have to have a go!

-- Madburg WA

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#14 posted 03-27-2021 01:20 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Martin I’m in Canada but similar rules likely apply.
As of this post the marquetry is not yet in the picture. I did the first phase of the first glueup today though and I used about ten layers of newsprint. The first phase just laminates two thin poplar layers on the glue side to make curved plywood.
Next time it glues in.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 03-27-2021 06:58 AM

“The first phase just laminates two thin poplar layers on the glue side to make curved plywood.”
Do I understand you first glue two layers of poplar to the cabinet or do you glue the two layers together, then glue the marquetry to it and then glue the assembly to the cabinet?
Is it to prevent the tenon ends and dovetails to “telegraph” into the marquetry and ensure a smooth support?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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