Counterpoint Cabinetry (Wilmette, IL)
Category – Commercial Project Over $25K
Project Description – We used CNC equipment to create the curved forms needed to fabricate the curved parts. A solid surface oven was used to bend the Avonite to follow those forms. Creating the balance of the work we used a beam saw and sliding table saw for processing material. There was a lot of hand work involved in laminating and in fabricating the solid surface work. In addition to those processes, this was a LEED project so we had to use water based contact adhesive and material with the appropriate core properties throughout.
Unusual Aspects – Both sides of the main wall of the security desk have cantilevered shelves which required internal steel structure to support. Working around the steel structure in the process of fabricating the Avonite was tricky and very labor intensive. Once the shop fabrication was complete, the desk needed to be installed in sections, due to elevator size restrictions. Setting all of the desk substructure and then having to field seam the solid surface field joints added another layer to the difficulty.
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