....the sides of the cabinet are made by laminating pieces together and putting them in a veneer bag. I'll show you.
The picture shows one of the curved cabinet sides being made. Inside the bag goes a large flat piece of material, in this case a piece of white faced chipboard. On this sit the former which has the shape I want to produce - in this case a simple curve. On top of the former sits the pieces I am laminating. Shove it all in the bag, switch on, leave for a few hours for the glue to set and the result is a panel that has the shape of the former. Easy.
This picture shows me doing a dry fit of the cabinet components before I do the glue up. It is always good practice to do a dry fit, as once glue up starts it is too late to fix any problems!
You can see how the curve of the cabinet sides is mirrored by the curve of the legs. Another reason for this dry fit is that I need to have the four legs completely sanded to their finished state. The reason for this is I am going to fume the oak to make them go a dark chocolate brown. Once fumed, I can't start sanding down the legs otherwise I could sand all the colour away.
To fume wood, you need to expose it to ammonia vapours. Ammonia is horrid smelly stuff and not nice at all - the fumes need to be contained to get the best effect on the wood. Hence, you can either fume in a sealed plastic box or make a fuming tent. I did the latter.
Anyway, back to the oak and fuming. Here is the method. Place the wood to be fumed in the tent. Get some ammonia. Wear lots of personal protection equipment. Pour some ammonia into plastic trays. Place trays in tent. Seal tent up. Wait 24 hours or until you have the desired colour (which maybe before 24 hours if only a light fuming is required). Remove oak.
Once the wood comes out of the tent, it really wiffs of ammonia. I left the legs for a few days to air off before I coated them with oil. After that it was the carcass glue up!
Ah the handles.........how am I going to do that......