Push to Open

This cabinet is called Push to Open.  It was started with the idea to make a fine cabinet - something I haven't done since 2010. I had a few pieces of figured cherry left over from another project and I let their sizes provide an indication of the size of the cabinet. The front panel was … Continue reading Push to Open

Crash! And then there was Silence

Last Sunday, I was at the Opening Reception of Discovery: Air at the Seymour Art Gallery. Wireframe Cabinet was on display in the middle of the room. The gallery was extremely busy to the extent that it was quite difficult to move. I took this photo at the end of the day. Although the cabinet … Continue reading Crash! And then there was Silence

Insanity 2: The Back

Last week, after deciding to apply the cabinet back directly to the rear edge, I spent most of a day rehearsing and mentally preparing myself for the glue-up. In this assembly, I only glued together the cabinet sides, top and bottom. I used 3/4" x 3/4" stickers as cauls to force the finger joints together as … Continue reading Insanity 2: The Back

Insanity 2: Figuring Out The Back

Before gluing up the cabinet, I must first decide how I will add the back. Some methods require the back to be inserted at the same time the cabinet is assembled while others can be added afterwards. To assist my decision, I study traditional techniques, think about why they are used, and make a list … Continue reading Insanity 2: Figuring Out The Back

Wireframe Cabinet

Ever since I started Insanity 2, I've been thinking about cabinets. It seemed to me that cabinets meant for displaying things more often than not accumulated so many things that they ended up looking messy. I realized that the problem was that too much horizontal surface was available. My solution was to provide only enough … Continue reading Wireframe Cabinet

Insanity 2: The Carcase

I attribute my success to my relentless push to try to fail.  Insanity 2 is about trying to design something which I cannot create. Since my last blog update on Insanity 2, I laminated two curved sides and a curved bottom.  Then I was faced with the task of joining them together.  Although the four … Continue reading Insanity 2: The Carcase

Insanity 2: The Top

Last week, I put three sheets of 1/8" Baltic birch plywood between two forms I made to create the top of the cabinet for the doors. Although the glue-up seemed to go smoothly, I couldn't be sure of the success until I removed it from the form.  I let the bent lamination set for two … Continue reading Insanity 2: The Top

Insanity 2

Insanity 2 is the working name for my latest speculative project.  As with most, I'm designing it as I go and using the materials as my primary inspiration. Every project starts with an inspiration This piece of ash was the inspiration.  It's been sitting in my shop for years waiting for me to do something … Continue reading Insanity 2

My Fastener Storage System

Last week, Tom Iovino featured my site on his blog, Tom's Workbench.  This was part of his write-up about my work. "Chris has a very skilled eye for design and incorporating bold, natural shapes in his woodworking projects." - Tom Iovino He also included this picture of me in my workshop. Ben Strano (@sonicfedora) spotted my … Continue reading My Fastener Storage System