BEDROOM CORNER CABINET
A challenging and beautiful project.
SHOP OWNER: Gary Kunz
LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
I have been an amateur woodworker since my teens and although I've sold a piece or two, most everything I make is for my family and me. This is my latest work, a bedroom cabinet designed to be in the corner of a room. It expresses my desire for clean, simple geometric lines, a contemporary style with a hint of art deco.
I chose cherry ply for the casework with alder for the drawer sides and back. The top has a final veneer layer to cover the solid cherry edge banding which had to be about 2" wide to allow for the tambor track. I ran the track on the outside of the casing to simplify the more traditional "sandwich" construction that one sees to hide the tambor in between two sides.
In all, I spent about 30 days on this project. Mostly Saturdays or Sundays over the course of six months (I know I'm slow, but it's nice not to have a deadline to meet). The challenge on this project was the making the half blind dovetails on curved drawer fronts, a first for me. It took me about four days to complete chopping out the dovetails and an additional four days to assemble the drawers and complete the final fit. I had hoped for better grain continuity across the drawers, since I cut my drawer blanks from a single nine-foot 6/4 board. However, to make the drawer fronts, I cut the blanks to minimize the waste needed to create the curve with hand planes.
I purchased the tambor doors and the metal portion of the legs from Lee Valley. I made everything else, including the tambour door handles. I incorporated aluminum accent piece on the bottom of the drawer pulls to tie into to the aluminum strip on the tambor door handles and the legs. The finish is a tung oil varnish mix.. . . Gary Kunz
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