A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (61)

Trucking right along with the work on the upper sliding doors with matsu-kawa-hishi latticework.

After beading and profiling the door frame fronts, and completing the rebates on the rails, I used the scraping plane to do a little clean up:

Here I’ve done a test fit of two (temporarily assembled) door frames to see how they fit into the cabinet:


It was a nice moment in my day to find the frames fitting as planned.

Same was then done with cabinet #2:

Then the frames were removed and the lattice assemblies scribed to them. That was followed by completion of that layout, and then chopping of spear-point housings:

Here’s a test fitting of the end of the lattice into the stile housings:

Seems to go together okay:

I later placed a backing piece in the dado to ensure that the lattice, after fitting, left room for the shedua panel which will be fitted soon enough:

A bit of time went by and eventually I had the first frame and lattice assembly together. It seemed an idea to see how it looked in place:

Me like! The lattice has some backing strips fitted to the groove behind to keep it in place.

A while afterwards, assembly #2 was in:


A closer look – the door stiles in the middle overlap one another slightly too much at this point because the tenons and end grain of the tongues sticks out a 1/16″ or so still:

A view of the two doors side by side so you can see the modest amount of clearance between the two:


The outer door is not sitting all the way down in it’s groove. The fit is a hair tight at this juncture.

A look at some areas of intersection between lattice and frame:


The lattice assemblies will need a thorough going-over to clean up the odd mark here and there and apply some slight chamfering, a task that will undoubtedly be on the tedious side.
All for this round. Thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way. Post 62 lies ahead.

9 Replies to “A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (61)”

  1. Thanks Brian for the comment. It would be a suitable lattice pattern to go in front of glass, or paper. It is nice to look through it, and I'm hoping the view with the shedua in behind will be equally pleasing.


  2. I think the shedua will only add to it. With the time spent working on sub assemblies it is always nice when those progress points are reached at which you can take a moment to admire.

  3. Any pictures of shaping/profiling the door frames? Seems like something that is straightforward but also one of those things that would be sad if it went wrong. Any particular jigging or methods to minimize risks? (Of course no need to spend time on a reply, I'm happy enough just to be following along as is!)

  4. Jamie,

    I thanks you for the question. And no, i didn't take any pictures of the moulding process. It is fairly straightforward I think, though every step has opportunity for pitfall.


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