Saturday, July 11, 2015

It's Still This Week

Custom Cleaf Metro 'under the stairs' Cabinet

I mentioned we were working on this cabinet last night. It's the final piece of the San Diego condo project we've been working on. A complete set of those pictues will be posted soon. It goes with a set of cabinets we already installed under the stairway. We are wrapping up our work on the condo and should have a complete set of pictures to share soon, including a custom floating entertainment center we designed and built today, a last minute add-on from the customer.

The material is Cleaf Metro City Oak. This condo is in downtown San Diego, so the name fits perfectly. Since the cabinet has glass doors and the interior is visible, we used the same City Oak to make the casework. We used Blum clip-top soft close hinges and a piano hinge between the two doors. I did the programming for the doors on the CNC last night, it was a bit of a challenge since we typically do square doors.

The program used to design the doors is called woodWop and came preinstalled on our CNC. We already had the casework completed so I knew the outside dimensions of the doors, the tricky part was the inner open sections. I had to tell the CNC where to start cutting and where to go after that. We had no prototypes or any previous work to take from so I decided to draw a full-scale layout of the doors on a table. This enabled me to measure accurate dimensions and figure out exactly what to input into the program. I ran two prototypes in a different material and fit them on the casework to ensure the reveals were correct. A reveal is the portion of the casework that is visible around the doors. In this case 1/16th of an inch on both sides, 1/4" on the top, and the doors are flush with the bottom. This is our standard 'overlay', which is the term used when discussing how the doors overlap the casework, and is typical of European Frameless cabinetry. Frameless meaning there is no 'face-frame', which is like a picture frame around the opening of the cabinet. A Face-frame is the traditional method for constructing cabinets. We are very happy with how this cabinet turned out, and are eager to complete the project and post pictures. The kitchen was done in City Oak as well and looks great.

We also started work on another Cleaf project today, this time in Lakeshore Oak. The cabinets for this kitchen were cut this morning on the CNC, edgebanded, and assembly is underway and will be completed Monday. I'm working on a video of the entire manufacturing process and will share it when it's done.

I plan on posting at least once a day, I really enjoy what I do, and being able to share makes it more fun.

Thanks for watching!


No comments:

Post a Comment