I am working down my
list of ordered furniture for Ms. Kim. Next is a Krenov
style bath cabinet. A finely detailed cabinet with knife
hinges, dovetailed drawers, book-matched doors and panels
Mortising for hinges
can only be done before glue up, for example. The back
must be designed to square the cabinet and still allow for
movement. The components must be detailed to accept the
interior parts. Drawings and a careful sequence of
construction is very important... especially if it is a first
time cabinet of this type.
While I am at it, I
thought I might make little surprise for Stan that bought me
these incredible Japanese tools... so a similar cabinet
will be for him.
The drawings were made
in Turbo Cad. They could have been hand sketches and they
would have served the same purpose... working things out before
you start! I will be building a couple of these cabinets
soon as tutorials and even though I have made many similar
cabinets I just know these types of shop drawing really allow me
to work out the details and prepare. I also like starting
with sharp chisels and planes... once I get started I may be too
focused to stop and sharpen. I do it before.
A project can be made
simple with good drawings, and a step by step approach as you
go. I usually start with a pencil sketch... or several and
then as I go I use Cad to feel the proportions and scale... I
can think out problems this way before they occur. When things
go well, you can focus on doing your best work instead of
solving problems you just made because you didn't make the
sketch to work it out.