Some pics of the kitchen caffeine cabinet, (top module of the sideboard project), for storage of tea and coffee paraphernalia. It's all part of getting your morning fix.
The display shelves were designed to hold a couple travel keepsakes we've collected over the years, which we use for tea bag storage. The carved Sandalwood bowl on the left is from Mozambique, the tea box on the right is from Argentina. Sandalwood is beautifully aromatic and is one of the few aromatic woods that retains it's fragrance for decades.
The Black Walnut and Arbutus sliding doors are a nod to the sliding pantry door, opposite. The cabinet carcase was resawn from a slab of Elm that I harvested with Dan. This Elm was different to previous Red Elm I've worked with, I'm going with Chinese Elm. Lots of Silica in the wood, lots of hand plane iron sharpening.
Nothing stops progress quicker than tearing your knee cartilage. Nevertheless, I'm now able to hobble around the shop after a week on the couch getting to know ice a little better. Some of these pics were taken before the unfortunate skiing incident, some this week as I wrap up the hardware. Flushing off the dovetails after glue-up, milling the model aircraft sized pieces for the back panels, milling the aluminum wall hangers, free handing the router to rough out the mortises for the hangers. All small scale tasks demanding accuracy, all enjoyable.
I started spending time in my garage a few years ago. Things started getting interesting. I like designing things. I like building these things. In an environmentally responsible way, of course, sustainable materials and construction that will last generations.