Long weekend, and no wood in the shop…

I suck.

It’s a long weekend, and I don’t have a new wood project that I’m starting on.  I have bunches of ideas, including a couple that I have enough dimensions worked out that I could buy wood and start on them, but no clear winner.

I want to make this Thorsen-house-inspired cabinet, Popular Woodworking just recently did a video on making that.  I like the finished piece, but I don’t care for how it’s built (plywood back, drywall screw construction) so until I work out how I’d make it I’m holding off.  Plus my wife has a framed poster hanging where I want to put the cabinet and she’s not willing to move the poster.  Yet.

Thorsen-house-inspired cabinet

Thorsen-house-inspired cabinet

I thought about a neat light for the dining room, but SWMBO voted that one down too.  Not that it matters as I don’t have the design done anyway.  Sigh.

So I’m sitting at the CAD workstation doodling up ideas that I could start on.  Here’s one: A simple (ish) Greent & Greene entry door.  Actually, it would work better as pair of french doors, which is where I stole the inspiration.

I started with the measurements for my front door — 30″ by 78.5″.  I draw a rectangle that size and then added in the lines to represent the rails and stiles.  Meh.  It’s OK for a start.

2D layout for a new door

2D layout for a new door

I decided to make it 3D to see what it would look like.  The outer frame is 1.75″ thick, and I inset the inner cross members 1/8″.  I added in a glass panel (this is all quick and dirty CAD modeling, maybe 30 minutes tops), applied “mahogany” and “glass” as the materials and rendered it to get a quick idea of what it would look like.  I did a render in “pine” to as I might try making it in Yellow Cedar…if I make it.

The clout lifts on the top and bottom stiles aren’t right — they are too big.  Otherwise it’s OK.

Quickie model rendered using a dark wood.  The glass should be clear -- I wouldn't make it with frosted glass.

Quickie model rendered using a dark wood. The glass should be clear — I wouldn’t make it with frosted glass.

In "pine" with clear glass.

In “pine” with clear glass.

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2 thoughts on “Long weekend, and no wood in the shop…

  1. Good luck with getting the poster moved.

  2. I don’t see that happening, although maybe I can come up with a creative solution.

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