Sadly, between errands, helping my son with his homework and the heat wave I didn’t make it into the shop yesterday. But I did correct a few problems with my design for the Gamble House Inglenook Sconce. And I’m definitely heading out to the shop as soon as the sun comes up, although I think I have one more design change I need to make…see what you think.
Here is my updated model compared to the actual sconce. The two main changes I made were to reduce the depth (front to back dimension) by 3/4″, and to flatten out the curve of the roof ends. I also added the rebate for the glass and a radius on the edges.
Comparing it to the Hall brothers 3D model I still se a few problems. Rats. At least it’s easier to fix them here before I cut any wood. Here are the issues I see:
- The stiles, which I have at 3/4″ thick are too thick when compared to the original. I’m inclined to leave this alone as there just isn’t much material there by time I add the rebate for the glass and cut mortises. I need a 1/4″ rebate to be able to fit the adjacent glass panels in, and I’m using 3/16″ tenons which is about the thinnest I can deal with. I need at least 1/16″ set back for the rails from the face of the stiles for the appearance. Do the math, there just isn’t much room there.
- The roof, while much better than previously, needs to be thinned out toward the ends. It comes to a sharper edge in the original. I may still have a touch too much curve there too.
- The cloud life detail in the front rails is too big of a step. It looks like a big tab hanging in space. It’s only .200″, but compared to the original it sticks out like a sore thumb. I’ll need to play with that some more. I’ll try 3/16″ but I’d bet it needs to be a bit less than that.
- The lower rails on the sides are currently the same height as the short ends of the front lower rails. I think they should be as wide as the wides part of the front lower rail where the cloud lift is. That looks more accurate according to the picture.
- I need to add the cloud-lift bracket that holds the leather strap, I think that will make the comparison a bit more favorable.
- The glass rebate is too small at 3/16″. With the two side glass pieces in place that only leaves 1/16″ per side (at most) to hide the edge of the front and back panels. That won’t work. Fixing that screws with the joinery, and I made that mistake in wood on the Blacker sconces. Definitely need to fix that in CAD!
I should also get the sconce model into the same viewing angle as the photograph. That would make comparisons easier. I really don’t want to spend too much time fussing with the CAD model, but I know that if I take a short cut here I won’t be happy with the end result. It doesn’t need to be a perfect copy of the original (indeed, working from one view in a photograph I don’t see how it could be) but I want to make sure any deviations from the original are understood and intentional — and aesthetically pleasing.
I’ve also been unsure how I was going to mount the bulb socket inside, and how I’d then attach the top (roof? lid?). I think I have an idea for that now.
Here are front and side views of the current model.