The installation of the base cabinets for the Crescent shaped piece went well.
The cardboard template I previously cut fit relatively well, I made some notes on the template and will adjust the drawing in Enroute to reflect the variances.
With the adjustments made to the drawing it's time to prepare the top for cutting.
I never really went through the process of building a file like this before so this would be a learning process for sure.
This top is intended to be about 1-3/8" thick and have a OGee profile around the exposed edges. With Enroute I have the ability to design and cut any profile I like and It's not dependent on the shape of the bit.
So I take the shape of the actual top and create a flat relief the thickness of the finished top, Then I draw the shape of the profile for the edge and extrude that profile along a path that I draw on the top.
The next step is to tool path the top and the profile. The top is pretty straight forward, then I draw a outline around where the profile is and use that as a mask or guide to tell the software that I only want the bit to cut the detail of the profile without traversing the entire piece. (as this would take many hours of cutting Time) In this screen shot of the tool path each of the purple lines represents a pass of the bit. this tool path is set up for a 92% overlap which means every pass only cuts 8% of the width of the bit.
Here is the piece still on the router table / cut.
And a close up of the Ogee edge detail.
Now it's off the table some final sanding and finishing.
I finally received some walnut that was suitable for inclusion in the Top for the cresent shaped Cabinet. Maine Coast Lumber
Picked out some pretty good stuff.
Here I've picked out and machined the rough walnut prior to the initial Glue up.
This is a pretty big Curve I guess I was a little to hopeful of being able to find a single slab that would do this.
Once I get this glued up I'll let It sit till I install the base cabinet and double check my template before I cut it to size.
Unfortunately not alot of progress on the Curved Cabinet this week. We traveled to a hardwood supplier in Ashland NH.( Sharps Lumber co) To see about finding some Walnut slabs suitable for the Top. Through phone calls and e-mails with Steve and Jamie from Sharps I knew that I wasn't going to Find one piece that would work but I was really hoping that I could make It happen with Two, Nope!
It looks like I'm going to have to resort to gluing up the pieces necessary to make the Top. It will still look great but I had wishfull thoughts on that one special piece.
This piece is one I did about one year ago. The other side of this entry way needed something that would match. After some discussions with the client we decided to do a similar piece with the addition of a bank of drawers on the left end. And the top is going to be made of walnut instead of granite.
This is a screen shot of the new design drawn using Google Sketchup ( sketch up is the program I'm basing my cad drawing classes around).
Once the design is complete I turn the individual parts into dxf. files and import them into my "Eroute software " so the parts can be nested into sheets and tool pathed for cutting on the router.
The cutting of these parts would be extremely difficult without the use of my Multicam Cnc Router, and they are all perfect, no wiggley edges etc.
In addition to the cabinet usable parts I also routed a series of parts called
"Cawls" These are matting parts that are used in the clamping process for applying equal pressure to the curved "Cherry"nosing edges for the horizontial parts of the cabinet.
Below you can see this glueing process. In an effort to do this as efficiently as possible I made my cawls so I was able to clamp two pieces at one time, virtualy cutting the clamping time in half.
Here is a shot of the toe kick ready for finish, the top section is open so when I install this I can screw it to the floor.
This is were you need to think ahead and plan these sorts of eliments into your design. the router dosen't care how many cuts it needs to make you just need to feed it the correct info.
More to come: