Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 3, Issue 6
   July 2009
 
   Patricia's Bridal Cabinet: Part 3
 



Patricia's Bridal CabinetEditor's Note: The following is the final article in a series of three.
Part 1 can be found in Volume 3, Issue 4; part 2 can be found in Volume 3, Issue 5.

The third article in this series explains the door and drawer construction, as well as all of the design motifs used to adorn the piece and tie the parts together visually.

For the glass door, the two drawers and the two raised-panel doors, I wanted to create some unifying design motif; I decided to use variations on a common oriental pattern.

I started by making the raised-panel doors. The front corner of the frame is mitered and has a single blind mortise and tenon; the back side of the rail meets the stile with a plain shoulder. In framed-up work, it is good practice to provide extra length to the stile, called a horn, as this prevents splitting where there are deep mortises. These horns are then removed after assembly.

A 1/4" groove holds the raised panel. To give the door a softer feeling, I eased the frame's inside edge. As I mentioned above, the corner of the raised panel is carved with a pattern that recurs elsewhere in the drawer fronts and upper glass door.

Raised-panel door.
Raised-panel door.
 
 
                             
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