Monday, March 22, 2010

Spiraling on Cabinet Styles

I think it was said here before, we are not shooting for an interior with much "traditional" look. Traditional meaning dark teak trimmed with lots of molding and small fiddly bits around cabinets and cupboards. But what we ARE shooting for, is not decided. We have started browsing boat interiors at boat shows and  on the web to determine what we like, and don't like. Along the way, taking a little time to mock-up parts of the Westsail interior, in place, with styles we discover.

It is a classic exercise of the "design spiral" technique where you go round and round, adding things here, removing bits there, etc. So long as you are not too dizzy and "spiraling" out of control, in the end, you should end up in the center with something appealing. At least that is the theory.

Mock-up #1
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Done a few weeks ago, is something I just dreamed up. Flush drawer faces and cabinet doors with radius-ed corners. The idea is the drawer and cabinet door faces would be some solid color with some thick hardwood edge-banding. Very thin reveals.

Mock-up #2
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Done this past weekend, was shamelessly stolen from the interior of an Oyster 52, seen at the boat show last January. All straight lines, no rounded corners. Some lines would be "fake" reveals for visual aesthetics. The set of parallel lines at the top are grooves for ventilation. Though this mock-up does not show drawer faces, matching drawers could be "full cover" faces. No face frame. Note: Halberg-Rassys seem to have a similar design style, usually in darker woods.

Snap analysis: 

#2 would be easier to build over #1. #1 requires more fiddly trim bits and lots of attention to fit and detail.
Whereas #1 would likely be done with a mix of a solid color (like plastic laminate) and wood, #2 would need to be in %100 wood faces, which means light grained wood like maple or cherry. Dark woods, like mahogany or teak, over that much square feet, risk turning the boat into a "dark cave", something we know we don't want. Also, #2 would likely be more efficient use of material. #1 More wasteful (particularly, solid hardwood).

Uncertainty with #2. Clash of geometry. The rounded corners of #1 was done to match the rounded corners of the port-lights that are currently planned. If we go with hard square corners, will it clash with the rounded corner look of the port-lights? Not sure with this one

#1 has no provision for ventilation, unlike #2 with the bank of parallel grooves which allow ventilation for the cabinets. Ventilation is a must on a boat. Traditional boat interiors often use louvered or caned cabinet faces. We don't like caned cabinet faces. If necessary louvered is fine, but would rather have solid doors. We like the ventilation provided by #2.

So far, something like #2 seems in the running, but has some issues. That is what my gut says right now. Subject to change.

We will be browsing more boat interiors. The spiral continues...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Back To The Boat

Let this serve as the BEFORE picture. It is of the port side forward salon. Both it and the starboard side are some of the few "internal framing" areas left requiring glass tabbing to the hull. With the weather getting warmer, conditions will be good for glasswork soon.

This weekend will be spent templating and/or cutting the pieces for the settee and cabinet framing that goes here. Perhaps within a few weeks it will all be glassed in.

Update: First pieces aligned, jigged and tacked in.
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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Shop Cabinets are DONE! (for now)

The BEFORE and the AFTER pictures.

Ok, so the cabinet doors need some adjustment. And I still havent figured where to put shelves in. I am expecting that to be determined in the coming months as items find their way into the cabinets.

These aint perfect. Made with leftover and cheap plywood from Home Depot and splashed with a coat of household latex paint.

From left to right: band saw, belt and spindle sanders (to the left, out of the picture), 6 inch jointer (stored under removable worksurface), compound miter saw, down draft table (under removeable worksurface, the "Shop Fox" thingy) and router table. That cheap metal router table in the picture doesnt really go there, in a few months I will install a flush router lift mechanism and fence arrangement in the MDF work surface. Dust collection is integral inside the cabinetry connected to the downdraft table, miter saw, jointer, sanders and band saw, and a floor sweep duct. And there is room for more ducting if needed.
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So it took me a month longer than I planned. Oh well. I took some vacation time in there, plus I made those hanging wall cabinets that weren't in the original plan. Those are my excuses. Just glad to be done with it. On to actual boat building as the weather is starting to warm up (just a bit).

Monday, March 01, 2010

Got Dust?

So my wife has been pestering me to check the bags in the dust collection system, as it seemed the system has not been "sucking" very well lately. As the dust collection is being reconfigured to fit the new shop cabinets, including a new "hole-in-the-wall" for the ducts to the outside and to the machinery, seems this was a good time to check things.

The pictures here says it all. The garbage can is the "cyclone trap" on the way to the dust motor and impeller. Clearly it got full first followed by the lower bag in the main system (bottom picture). Overall about two small garbage cans full of dust.

Though I haven't emptied the system in a couple years, I was honestly surprised as I did not think I had really been cutting much in those years. Then again, I wouldn't know how much dust to expect.

This year will see more cutting and routing than before, so the lesson here is check the system early and often.
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