This job sure entails a diverse range of items, from architectural millwork, sliding doors, to furniture, to windows, and so forth. It’s fun in that respect.
I’ve been working on the round window for the Japanese alcove. I considered various ways to make a round window, and in the end decided that glue up from solid segments made the most sense. I chose a decagonal arrangement of pieces as a compromise between grain straightness and overall complexity.
After gluing up pieces in a couple of stages, I had two half-rings of 5 pieces each. These were then tuned along their abutting ends with a hand plane:
Once that was satisfactory, I could proceed with the glue up:
All of the joints have an internal spline.
With the glue up done, I proceeded to process the cuts to make a round, lipped window frame:
A bit of table sawing with the rip blade cut away the remainder of the waste and I cleaned up the surfaces of the flange by plane:
Then some additional smoothing work to finish the cut out out phase:
On goes the finish, in the end 5 coats applied and hand rubbed between in total:
It’s nice to use Enduro Var as it allows me to get several coats on per day.
The spline ends are exposed, but fairly discrete, so I doubt they will be noticed:
The cusped window is done, and has been waxed:
The alcove has a floor on each side. The alcove proper has a single piece black cherry slab, now into its 4th coat of finish:
The other side of the alcove, which features the round window and the staggered shelves, has an avodire floor, and is a glue-up of 4 pieces:
The glue up produces a panel w
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