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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-21-2013 05:30 AM 1316 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had an unexpected early day at work today (which was nice after nearly 2 weeks of 15+ hour days) so I took advantage of it and started laying out the tool storage preliminary plan.

Here is the rough idea..

From the front minus doors..

Behind the plane till and tool storage will be a secondary wall that separates the planes and tools from a pair of saw tills hidden in the back wall.

And a quick mock-up to see it in scale.. the saws on the front will be in the back in their tills but this is roughly how those will be arranged..

Now as you can see I had a swing out door planned for that until someone pointed out that it might be troublesome as to where I can place the cabinet vs access.

Since my doors are box style doors I already need space on both sides wherever I put this so they can open but it got me thinking about the doors on the side and joked about building tambour doors instead. Well.. that got me thinking and now I really want tambour doors on both sides lol.

So after a quick search on the internet I found that they really aren’t as difficult (that I can see) to make as I had thought they were and got started building them.

First thing was to layout and cut the 2 doors on the sides…

Used my handy dandy marking gauge from the swap (Chuck.. this thing is oh so sweet!) to mark for the thickness of the top and bottom panels…

Those marks will also serve for the dovetails too.

Next I stacked 3 saws together, measured how thick the 3 handles were and added a bit to that measurement for the width of the doors. Then held my longest saw inside the mock-up at the angle it will sit in to measure how tall the till will be.

Then transferred those measurements to the 2 side panels, cut the line deep with my knife and drilled the corners with a bit and brace..

It was at this point my attempt to build this with 100% handtools failed me. After trying 3 different saws to cut the door out I finally caved and fired up the scroll saw. In no time I had 2 holes cut into my nice panels lol.

Another mock-up for reference..

Then my best helper stopped by to check on my progress.

He wasn’t sure about the plan but after some discussion we agreed to push forward with it :D

Then I started cutting the slats for the doors themselves. I figured since I had already killed some electrons tonight might as well kill a few more and ripped some sticks on my bandsaw.

At which point I felt bad about all the poor electrons and broke out the miter saw to cut all these to length.

And here is where I stopped for the night. 2 doors worth of slats cut ready to me cleaned up, cambered and glued up to some canvas.

Tomorrow should be a productive day so stay tuned for more :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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ElliottH

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 05:57 AM

You got a lot done! I bet the lil guy did most of the work though ;)

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CL810

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 12:49 PM

This is great Eric. I love the tambour doors.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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terryR

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 01:43 PM

Looking awesome, Eric. No need to feel bad about the electron-killing. Power and hand tools working along together under a master’s watchful eye! Cannot wait to see the tambour doors!!!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 02:24 PM

Eric, you are on a roll. Only you could take a wise a$$ comment and turn it into something doable! Really looking forward to the build.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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RGtools

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 02:59 PM

No one will ever accuse you of sitting on the fence. Last night it was an idea, today it’s wood. You sir, have moxy.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Airframer

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 04:02 PM

Thanks guys.. my smart ass mouth gets me in trouble more often than not lol. It’s coming along pretty good. I have one door ready for glue and another on it’s way. I need to head to wally world and grab some canvas.

Been working out the track in my head and will probably spend the majority of the day finalizing that but the plan for the weekend is to have the case at least ready for assembly by Monday night (talked my way into a 3 day this weekend…. the smart ass mouth also gets me some nice things too lol)

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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theoldfart

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#7 posted 09-21-2013 04:17 PM

So the project should be done by say, early Monday right? I mean that gives you just under 48 hours, no problem.
Will you bevel the slats or just gap them?

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Airframer

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#8 posted 09-21-2013 09:05 PM

I put a simple round over on the edges of the front side.

Got both doors ready for canvas now..

I also did a practice sliding dovetail in some scrap. Came out OK but not great but I am pretty sure I can get these done..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 09-21-2013 09:12 PM

Eric, the dovetail looks fine. It’s a mechanical joint so as long as it holds it’s doing it’s job. I’m guessing that a “pretty” slider comes with experience. You’ve proved once again with the roundover that I over engineer/complicate my projects! Keep the good stuff coming.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Don W

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#10 posted 09-21-2013 09:31 PM

sometimes I can’t even keep up reading what you’ve got done. I’ve only fixed and restored Tambour Doors, never built one. I somehow feel inadequate.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 09-21-2013 09:47 PM

Don, why should you feel any different than the rest of us mere mortals. Now that I think about it, this would put me well below mortals: quasi-newbee-beginner-hack etc.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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AnthonyReed

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 05:43 PM

Such excellent work.

I’m not sure if you realize the significance of your work being hard for Don to keep up with but…. damn.

-- ~Tony

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Don W

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 07:46 PM

I seem to be slowing down. I must be getting old!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 09-23-2013 07:54 PM

“I’m not sure if you realize the significance of your work being hard for Don to keep up with but…. damn.”

That is tag-line-worthy…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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RGtools

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#15 posted 09-23-2013 10:05 PM

I had the same thought.

Eric, how is that mitre saw treating you? I have always wondered if the new style works well.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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