Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door

comments (3) August 22nd, 2014 in blogs

DaveRichards David Richards, contributor
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Drawing multiple openings for things such as divided light windows and doors, cames in leaded glass windows, face frame grids or the latticework on the doors of this antique Chinese cabinet can be a very tedious process. Maybe almost as tedious as making the thing in the shop. It's one of those things I've done in the past entirely manually and wished for an easier method. The other day I was looking at some photos of this old cabinet. I was wondering how I could easily draw the lattice when it occurred to me to try an old plugin called Greeble 2. The plugin was designed add greeble or detailing to larger surfaces to make them appear more complex. I'd played with it a few times some years ago when it was first released but didn't see it as of much use for woodworking projects.

It is generally easy to identify the centerlines of mullions or face frames. Once you have those in place you could use Offset using half the overall width of the grid pieces. For a couple of openings that wouldn't be all that difficult. If the patterns is regular as in a typical divided light glass paneled door, you could also use the array function of Move/Copy. But if the pattern is more complex, those methods can be difficult and time consuming. The video shows how I went about making the lattice on this cabinet.

In addition to the Greeble plugin I leverage Edit>Paste in place and the Round Corner plugin to round over the front edges of the grid.

I can think of a number of applications for this process. I'll leave it up to you to find your own.



Note: it was brought to my attention that there's a plugin called Fixit which can delete the skins over the openings that results from the round over process. It's much faster than selecting the unwanted faces one at a time.

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Comments (3)

goofyfoot82 goofyfoot82 writes: Hello to All and Dave, I got lost trying to get the pattern down( it is very easy for me!!) but this is a work around that may save some time. I did a print screen of the 4:12 mark when Dave comes back. I have Windows and opened it in Paint, cropped it and saved to a SU image folder I have. Then open SU and from Camera, select Match New Photo. It came into the screen off set a bit but you have to // the ability to, aline all three axes plans anyway. Then start to trace it starting at the origin. I don't get a lot of practice with the Match Photo feature so this kills two birds with one stone!!! Just throwing it out there if it will help...Peace.....
Posted: 12:45 pm on April 2nd

DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: Who is Ryan?

There are no ads running on the videos I post from YouTube. I do see pop up ads here on the Fine Woodworking site from time to time but that's not something within my control.

Posted: 1:51 pm on September 2nd

swagmann swagmann writes: Nice article but what is with the ads prior to all the vidoes Ryan. We are paying customers for FWW internet vidoes. As a paying customer I don't think we should have to put up with being forced to view ads. Is this really necessary?
Posted: 1:02 pm on September 2nd

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