Cabinet Model Tweaks

As I was thinking about the handle for the “Thorsen cabinet” last night I decided to update my CAD model to include it.  That always helps me think through what to do.  The price to buy this is more than I want to spend, although I’m not quibbling about it being expensive pre-se.  I know that this takes someone time to make in small batches.  I think I could probably make one on my lathe in a couple of hours, although it’s pretty fiddly work.  The handle itself would be two small tapered shafts, one with a ball turned on the end.  The ball would need to be counterbored for the second tapered shaft.  Then the parts could be silver soldered together.  Or, plan “B”, I could fabricate it in wax and take it to a local art foundry to have it cast in bronze via the lost wax process.  I’d have to check on the cost for doing that, it might be prohibitive.

For anyone who is curious, this is more or less how I got into designing and manufacturing chopper parts years ago.  I don’t know that I want to get into the cabinet handle business…

Handle Closeup

Handle Closeup

I made a few other updates, I added the shelf pin holes and a shelf with a sculpted edge, and started working out how to do the lead reveal around the edge of the glass.  I found a few small errors in the model and corrected them too.  Once I get all of the carcass assembled I’ll update the plans with the details on the door construction and publish an update.  For today, it’s about time in the shop.

Cabinet with door removed to show shelf

Cabinet with door removed to show shelf

I really like this design, and “props” to Dale Barnard for the design adaptation from the original (larger) Thorsen house cabinet.  I thought it would be good to take a look at the original, so I bought the Makinson book that was supposed to have a picture of the original cabinet (I was surprised there was a G&G book I didn’t have!).  Sure enough, page 142.  The cabinet I’m building is pretty obviously a direct derivative of this, using the layout of the left door but with square proportions.  Looking at the original cabinet I’m stunned at how well the shapes and proportions work together, and how well it’s integrated into the room.  Check out the built-in supports, and how the trim on the wall follows the shape of the supports and the cabinet top.  OK, wow.

It’s worth noting that the original cabinet doesn’t have a pull, but instead has what appear to be carved escutcheons as are seen on other G&G cabinets.  They generally made carved ebony handles for the keys that opened the locks.  This might be another approach to the “knob situation”.

Original Thorsen Cabinet

Original Thorsen Cabinet

Finally, here is an overall rendering of the cabinet I’m building.  I need to add hinges and the stained glass “clouds” to the model still, but it’s mostly done (in CAD) other than that.  I’m heading out to the shop to get the wood version caught up to the digital version shortly…

Latest CAD model of the cabinet

Latest CAD model of the cabinet

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