3D blocks cutting boards would seem to certainly be a challenge to glue
up and clamp.
Oddly the 3D 1/4" thick diamonds and triangles in my boxes were
relatively simple to cut accurately. The plans called for diamonds and
what appeared to be diamonds for the sides of the boxes. The 3D box
sides were actually parallelograms, only the tops of the 3D box sides
were actually diamond shaped. I changed all of that so that all pieces
were or originated from diamonds, all sides equal length.
The rounding over of all sides of the 272 pieces was time consuming as
was sanding those round overs. And then there was the 3 coats of finish
on those pieces and rebuffing after that.
When you consider some of those pieces are slightly bigger than your
thumb nail you can understand the intensity involved.
I thought so. ;~) Looks great and that was the look I was going for
except I was going to round over all those pieces instead of using a
darker contrasting wood to mimic shadows.
I found a big part of doing these kind of thing is figuring out the base
shape or sub-unit piece. My 3D used trapezoids formed into triangles.
Fun stuff to make and I can tell you were thinking at least a little bit
about "what the heck am I doing?" since you counted the pieces 8^)
People who do all that fancy inlay and parquetry have the ultimate in
More than once. LOL
I built "1" box 5~6 years ago and had forgotten about all of the steps.
The first time, using the incorrect information, I spent a lot of time
sneaking up on the cuts so it would all fit together.
I originally drew it up that way as an idea (this was pre-Sketchup
days), with the deliberate intent to mimic the "arch and flats" ("feet")
on the very bottom rail the cabinet sits on, which it does.
It did cross my mind at the time that the fact that the bottom doors
don't have that detail is not unusual, where bottom cabinet doors and
drawer fronts don't always match an "eyebrow" detail in the doors of
It became a non issue when Linda loved it, and, since I made the cabinet
for her for an anniversary present, it stayed that way.
FWIW, Just mentioned the discussion to Linda, particularly the "sad"
look. Her immediate remark, without hesitation:
"For Christ's sake, that's the biggest thing that makes me happy when I
look at it!!".
... only she didn't say "Christ" ... but it was plural. ;)
Nuff said ... we're all outvoted. LOL
My (limited) experience with Sommerfeld was not good.
I bought a panel raising set from them, and the panel
raiser had evidently been dropped before being packed,
as one of the wings was bent. Sommerfeld was reluctant
to exchange it, which is not the sign of a company
that's trying provide a quality product. Worse, while
the replacement panel raiser was fine, the cope and
stick bits were nowhere close to being sharp.
Granted, that's only a sample size of one, but it was
bad enough that I have never been tempted to buy from
On Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 2:29:05 PM UTC-6, OFWW wrote:
Mine, too! Sometimes I assume some construction "things" are common sense.
This whole thread, for me, has detailed info, such that it's like direct
hands-on guidance. I don't build too many cabinets, however, the info in t
his thread is something I needed, also.
That is because most video's are done by people that have never done the
procedure before, but are self professed experts because they did it
while making the video.
Most of the stuff on video's is common sense. What they don't cover is
what those of us that do this over and over and over have learned from
actual repeated experience.
I'd have to agree with that, although I have run across a few yokels
who make me shudder watching their sloppiness, and poor excuses. It's
like they have no real pride in their work and just make stuff to
throw quickly into peoples homes.
Or they are on a sales pitch for tools.
I had a lot of unanswered questions more than answered here, and I
appreciate them all from everyone.
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