Sometimes I think CAD should stand for “Computer Aided Distraction”, but I suspect the real flaw lies somewhere deep in my psyche.
This weekend I hope to crank on the stained glass for the door in the cabinet I’m making, but I’m already thinking ahead to the next project. I want to make a clone of the Limbert 355 or 356 bookcase. They are the same except one is wider by the addition of a second door, which is probably the version I’d make as we always need more storage space for books. I think the 355 single door version is a little more elegant though.
Well, one thing leads to another, as it often does, and I bought a reprint of the 1903 Limbert catalog hoping to find more information on this bookcase. Turns out it doesn’t show up until the 1904 catalog. But…there was this interesting “cabinet” in the 1903 catalog.
I’m not sure whether it’s a table, a stand or a cabinet, but the catalog calls it a cabinet so I’ll do the same. Here is what it says:
No. 305 1/2. Cabinet. 12″ deep, 16″ wide, 41″ high, oak, opalescent art leaded glass in upper panel of door, finished in any color. Price, $17,00.
It struck me as an odd piece, and since the catalog only shows a simple line drawing I was curious. I googled for extant example, but came up empty. So I decided to model it in CAD to see what it might look like.
Starting from the overall dimensions I started setting the sizes for various parts by eye. I think I’m pretty close, although line drawings like this are inherently inaccurate. Think about building something from an Escher drawing.
Before I actually model it in 3D I need to think about material thicknesses, joinery and setbacks.