A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (71)

I got a couple of good sessions in over the weekend and moved the bonnet for the second cabinet ahead to the same point as shown in the previous post.

Today’s task was to fabricate the stub posts, tsuka, for the two cabinets, and…well, let’s just forget the ‘and’ part because it never happened. I often have a list with several ‘ands’ in it, but things don’t always go as quickly as one might hope. There were a lot of steps to making these little posts.

These little posts are only 1.0″ square in size, and I have rough milled the parts last week. It’s a bit of a pain to try and joint such little tiny sticks on the jointer, so I squared them up in the mill. It was slower, but safer and super precise.

Then I milled dadoes on two sides of the post to fit around the shedua stand off boards:

After the dadoes were cut, I used the mill again to process a coved cut on the outer arris, then trimmed the parts to length:

There are four pieces here, in case it wasn’t clear:

A few steps later, I had the tenons cut on both ends and the chamfering complete on all 8 pieces:

Another view:

Fitting could then commence:


The end panels slide down between the posts:


Posts fitted to one half of one assembly:

I then repeated the process of fitting the posts to the other half of that frame ‘sandwich’. That task complete, I could put the two halves together:



On to frame #2:


The bonnets temporarily situated in position for a look-see:

Another view:

Another view:

Next round I plan to deal with the mechanism to attach the bonnet to the top of the carcase. Hope to see you again then. Thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way. Post 72 is next.

8 Replies to “A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (71)”

  1. putting aside the incredible joinery and planning that is in these pieces ….I can't wait to see the the figure “pop” in the final result…this is looking great Chris.

  2. Joe,

    thanks so much for the comment, and for hanging in there over so many posts. I'm also excited to see the finish bring out the figure in the various pieces – most especially the curly shedua at this juncture. Hopefully I can do it justice.


  3. “On to frame 2” … “Done” that must have been fun to write knowing how much time was spent in between the two pictures 🙂 thanks for taking us along for the ride as always, great to see it taking shape, I love seeing all the individual pieces that make up the whole.


  4. Jonathan,

    it was fun to write that. bringing the second cabinet up to the same stage as the first always tends to go quicker, as the head-scratching is out of the way and the tools are already set up for the involved tasks.

    Appreciate the comment.


  5. Josh,

    yeah, the shedua is quite beautiful stuff. I'll have a board left over from this project so I'm already wondering what it might be nice to use it for.

    And the mill proves its usefulness nearly every day. While I was able to get stuff done without it in the past, it certainly has become the obvious choice for a lot of tasks of late. It's nice to have it in the arsenal and I do not regret purchasing it at all.


  6. I like this pretty design..u put so much of effort to see the output.How much time you spend on this to see its shape… keep sharing t stuffs…!!!

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