We used an orbiter vehicle (OV) from a NASA space shuttle as the inspiration for this cabinet.
The shape of the aerofoils and fuselage were simplified, but the overall proportions are faithful to the original orbiter.
The cabinet was built as a carcass attached to a backing sheet cut into the silhouette of the fuselage and wing shape, called the planform.
The doors and cabin are clad in Corflute, a plastic version of corrugated cardboard.
Steps 1 and 2
Step 1. Cut the pieces
Make templates for the shelves, door ribs and cabin supports, marking them on plywood and cutting out with a jigsaw.
Use a pull saw to tidy up the notches in the ends of the door ribs.
Cut the sides using a circular saw.
Step 2. Assemble the frame
Clamp the shelves between the sides, securing with screws and PVA adhesive.
Secure the divider/tail fin between the base and first shelf with adhesive and screws.
Trim the base ribs to fit on each side of the tail with 2mm clearance.
Steps 3 and 4
Step 3. Build the doors
Use a pull saw or dovetail saw to make relief cuts for 17 x 15mm half-lap housings in the stiles, then chisel out the waste.
Position the stiles and apply adhesive, gluing all but the base pair of ribs into the housings.
Step 4. Add the infill stiles
Apply adhesive to the door frames, then attach the infill stiles and base ribs, clamping in position.
Use a jigsaw to cut a blank for the nose cap from an offcut of 90 x 35mm timber and shape it into a convex profile using a rasp.
Steps 5 and 6
Step 5. Add the infill stiles
Use a sliding bevel to mark 23° angles on the sides, cutting a 17 x 15mm notch in each end.
Bevel the front and back supports at 50° with a belt sander, then cut matching notches.
Glue the collar to the back and supports to the sides.
Step 6. Clad the doors and cabin
Prime and paint the door and cabin frames.
Use a utility knife to cut the Corflute, scoring along the crease lines of the cabin.
Bend the cladding to shape then use copolymer sealant and cut tacks to secure it.