Our Corner Cabinet Project
Sandy and I are currently working on quite a big project. A client has commissioned two large corner cabinets. The top sections of each cabinet will sport a pair of astragal doors which are by no means simple. (The sort of doors that are made up of loads of different panes of glass, framed by mouldings made of wood or metal). They will be display cabinets for books or china.
Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of basic tips with you, which may save you a few potentially wasted hours should you ever decide to embark on a similar project. The first thing to mention is that you will need a spindle moulder (or router moulder) to get really balanced, matching doors. [You can use old-fashioned moulding planes but these aren’t so common these days. Should you want to make your own then check out this site www.philsville.co.uk/mouldingplanes.htm].
Work out all the angles in advance. The angles are the really difficult bit when making astragal doors and, as is often the case, good preparation will save you a great deal of time in the long run.
Do a mock up of one section. This will help you work out the angles and you will clearly see in what direction you are headed. If you are going wrong, this will allow you to correct the piece before going too far down the line.
It’s really easy to get hung up on the angles and to loose sight of other important aspects. With that in mind, make sure everything is aligned as you go along.