Thursday, September 23, 2010

Showcase Pre-finish

 Still working at it. Getting closer to the final product the work becomes less and less visible, but there is still much to be done.
Rebates for the back panel made on the router table need to be squared off.
Trimming was done to the length and prepped for the applied edges to go on.

Mortises made for flipper-floppers, levelers, and hinges. First roughed with a trim router then cut clean with chisels.
Edges applied and shaped. My father came down one day as he sometimes does to take a look at what I've been doing. He came across these edges and said "uh, is that showing intentionally?" (in regards to the end grain of the edge). It caught me a little off guard as a comment of an "outside perspective" lets say. not that I needed to rethink what I've done, just never thought of explaining it before.
I think it is a nice visual detail adding another "layer" to the piece. The small amount of end grain showing with choice of the grain graphics give a little lift/spring/counter balance to the larger grain line. I also like the way that it shows it is honestly a veneered piece. No hiding it.
Through the gratuitous use of veneer in mediocre ways veneer has gained a bad rap. Well it doesn't have to be so. This piece simply could not be built the way I'm building it using solid wood.
Making a fine veneered piece is quite different from the cheap stuff we see day in and out. In fact, depending on pieces, a veneered piece can be made to look more "refined" than a solid piece that may have more casual feeling to it.
Ok. Getting those little sticks made to hold the glass in place. My father, once again, asked why I didn't just make grooves in the frames to capture the glass. I've seen this done and am pretty baffled by it. Structurally it makes sense, and it is easier to do. Well this glass is only 3/32" thick. What happens if your $10 piece of captured glass breaks? It ruins your $10,000 cabinet! Seems pretty absurd, right? This way the glass can be replaced.
Annnnnnd pre-finish. Those little sticks added a heck of a lot of edges to take care of!
Four coats shellac, one coat wax.


Nick Brygidyr said...

making the bottom shelf fixed..thats an idea. i love maple, so much.

Nicholas Nelson said...

Heh actually using a partition at the bottom raising items up towards the level of the glass was common in JK's work. One doesn't need an adjustable shelf down there right? and I think the partition looks cleaner too.

Ah yes I do love Maple as well, though not all Maple is equal. Not too interested in KD Maple, except perhaps for drawer parts which make use if its brightness in an otherwise darker space.
I may have decided to do my next project in Maple too ha but it's pretty different from what I'm using now.