The delicate interplay of glass and wood
Synopsis: The technical problems of doors with thin wood parts and closely fitted glass may discourage cabinetmakers from making more showcase cabinets, writes James Krenov. He shares ideas on balancing the function with the craftsmanship and covers proportions, curves, the main steps toward making them, and each practical step in construction. He recommends having a glazier cut the glass to fit. The article is filled with pictures exploring design options and construction methods.
It is a puzzle to me why there are not more interesting showcase cabinets around. Certainly, living habits don’t exclude this type of furniture. We do accumulate objects that are pleasing to behold and deserve a nice home of their own. Perhaps too many people have a preconceived, discouraging notion about showcase cabinets. Cabinetmakers may share such prejudices. Or the technical problems of doing doors with thin wood parts and closely fitted glass may discourage cabinetmakers. I…