Well, I mentioned earlier that I was starting a new cabinet, so I better get cracking and talk about it.
I call this the Retirement Cabinet; not because I plan on retiring after it’s done but because of it’s intended use: To display a pocket watch that is the stereotypical parting gift upon retirement.
I’ve sketched this cabinet a couple of times on small pieces of paper. But I wanted to draw it full size to look at proportions. Wood will be Dosié for the stand and Swedish Elm for the cabinet.
These woods have a special place in my heart. I’ve had them since 1982 when I was going to school at the College of the Redwoods’ Fine Woodworking Program in Ft Bragg, CA. Our teacher, Jim Krenov, went to Sweden over the summer and brought back a container of his favored woods. I borrowed $1000 and bought as much as I could get. It included Ash, Elm, Dousié, and Cherry. (To emphasize the importance of spending $1000; We (me, wife, & 2 kids) were living in a 20ft travel trailer on some $3000 in savings and about $200/mo from renting our house back in San Luis Obispo, CA.) Because I consider this wood precious, I have used very little of it over the last 28 years (this is the third piece).
After the drawing, I decided to build a “mockup” of the piece to get a better idea of the dimensionality of the whole.
First, I cut the legs to see if the shape/curve looked good.
Next I made the stretchers and assembled the stand.
The stand is Douglas Fir, the cabinet is cardboard. If you enlarge the image you can see the relation of the legs to the cabinet base. First appearances indicate the stand is too wide, so I moved in the legs a little more.
As drawn, the legs are 1/2″ away from the cabinet base. the repositioned legs are about 1/8″ away from the base.
Things still didn’t look right, so I notched the legs and moved them into the cabinet base: the position I have decided on.
After choosing this look, I pulled out the Dousié and started cutting. (Can you see me bleeding?)
I’ll talk about the wood and roughing out the cabinet next time.