The Completed Cabinet
Sometime in 2012, I was approached by the advisory board of the the Franklin Park Arts Center, located in Round Hill, Virginia, to build a cabinet to fill a corner in the reception room/gallery that leads to the main auditorium in the theater. The cabinet was to be designed and installed as part of a donor wall, which would display a large ceramic tile tree, made by local ceramics artist, Joan Gardiner. Beneath the spreading arms of the tree would be a list of names of people who donated to make Franklin Park Arts Center a reality. My job was to build a complementary cabinet that would tie in to the tree theme as well as the exposed post and beam architecture displayed in the reception room. Below is a photo of the wall slated to be the donor wall (the wall to the left of the corner beam). The cabinet was to fit into the corner and occupy the space between the door to the theater (to the right side of the photo) and where the tree would one day be (to the left of the large vertical pipe).
Using SketchUp, I designed the basic structure of the cabinet, taking into account the pipe and the vertical beam I was going to have to build around. I then applied a surface with a natural edge top and barn boards for the vertical surfaces. I envisioned this as being a gray face board like oak and thought I would probably have to stain the top surface to match. The original design also incorporated a longer cabinet on the left that would completely surround the pipe. Here are a few photos taken in SketchUp. First are a few images of the cabinet construction followed by some photos of the proposed cabinet with the siding. Each is displayed from several angles.
The cabinet's internal structure.
My first duty was to source the materials I would need. As far as the top was concerned, Ash was selected and bought from my friend Rick Herbine (http://www.herbinehardwood.com/). The material used to make the vertical sides came from Cochran's Lumber in Berryville, Va. (http://www.cochranslumber.com/). Thanks to both of those organizations for providing fine material to work with. Below is a photo of the lumber stack that the barn boards used for the vertical surfaces came from.
Below is a photo of the base of the cabinet that sits between the post and the door to the theater. It is followed by the same base upside down.