These three cabinets are of an MDF exterior (medium) to be receive a painted finish upon completion of this portion of the apartment. The two cabinets on the right each include three interior trays of marine grade plywood with oil-wax finish. The trays are supported by full-extension undercount glides of varying depths, the longest being nearly a meter long. The carcasses are of oak veneer plywood with a water based polyurethane finish. The unit on the left is a built-in freezer. The top is temporary, to be replaced in it’s final form with stone. At that time, ends panels will be provided to match the adjacent wall and the electrical outlets will be built into a backsplash with the top.
The large bowl on the right was turned as a wedding gift for my niece. The small one in the foreground was turned quickly as an experiment in form. The small bowl on the left also represents a departure in my typical form-making. It is my first bowl which takes on a more “classical” shape, with its flared rim. All have a oil and wax finish.
A very quick turning…more an investigation and exercise than an intent to end with a useful bowl. I am not certain what use a bowl turned of cedar might be as, because of it’s strong odor, it is certainly is not appropriate for food. Left unfinished, it may some day find a place where its natural role as an insect repellant will be useful.
This bowl was turned as a gift for the vacation house of family friends. It is one of the larger bowls I turned from a large slab of maple burl I received from a carpenter who turned bowls once a week. I did nothing to fill or glue the holes in the bowl; as a bread bowl or other dry goods, these defects will be of little consequence. The bowl is now in the Green Mountain State: Vermont.
Five doors conceal three closets, the group of which also functions as the fourth wall to a bedroom. This wall includes the frame of the door to the room.
The closet doors are water resistant* medium density fiber board (MDF — médium en français) painted white to match the walls of the room. Water resistant MDF is heavier than the standard. It cuts more cleanly and takes finishes better. The knobs are brass.
All cabinet boxes, custom-sized to maximize the use of space, are built using oak veneer plywood, finished in a water-based polyurethane. The cabinet boxes are edged with 10mm of solid oak. The end closet on the right includes five drawers of baltic birch plywood with full extension glides.
Still a work in progress, the wood for these cabinet fronts are on their fourth life. (Fifth if you count the tree.) Purportedly once installed as paneling in a church, the materials were first reused as cabinet fronts in this very kitchen. Some years after that first application, the cabinets were changed and the fronts changed with them, being cut and reshaped as needed.
Then it was my turn. With a need to be even more daring, some new pieces were milled (savaged from an existing wood floor which itself was once reclaimed from the floors of box cars) to stretch the widths of some of the panels and build new shapes in their entirety (e.g. the drawer fronts under and to the left of the sink).