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Blog series by AlexTelfordHasWood updated 06-26-2014 07:41 PM 8 parts 10474 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Transportation

02-20-2014 07:30 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 3 comments »

Sometimes moving the plywood is he hardest part…

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Part 3: Difficulties with the base of the cabinet

06-26-2014 06:36 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 2 comments »

After achieving the desired lengths and widths for the initial top and bottom cabinets, my wood shop teacher and I thought it’d be appropriate to start the build from the bottom (cabinet) up. However, after cutting the initial dados for the base of the cabinet, we discovered the top surface was not the desired width. This was probably due to the fact that running a 4×8 sheet of plywood through a small shop table saw is difficult (especially when three different people h...

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Part 4: Top cabinet construction

06-26-2014 06:45 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 1 comment »

After the bottom cabinet was roughly assembled, my wood shop teacher and I began running dados (similar specs to the bottom) for the top cabinet. These first dados went much smoother than the bottom and we were able to fit them with ease. After this we began running dados a quarter inch in from the edge of all the sides, top and bottom of the top cabinet. We ran them at 1/4” so we could fit the plywood backing in that we ripped to specifications after fitting and re-measuring th...

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Part 5: Construction of the bottom cabinet doors

06-26-2014 07:12 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 0 comments »

With the face frame attached, we started constructing doors. Using the same maple ply and lumber, we grooved in dados using a cabinetry router bit. This enabled us to attach the top and bottom rails to the side rails, fit in the central ply, and groove out a nice cabinet-like look to the rails. This process ran smoother than I anticipated and we were able to glue these pieces in no time. After selecting hinges and knobs I had found fit, we attached them to the bottom cabinet. I apolog...

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Part 6: Top cabinet door (the big boy)

06-26-2014 07:24 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 0 comments »

We are now approaching the end of the school year. Using the same tactics I used for the bottom cabinet doors, we constructed the frame and this worked very, very well. There was one problem though, we had the frame done, had the hinges, had the knob, but we didn’t have glass. Luckily my wood shop teacher, Mr. Santucci, lived up the road from some glass plant and after finding the dimensions he placed and order for the central glass piece. We cut the dimensions down a little in ...

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Part 7: Final construction

06-26-2014 07:34 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 0 comments »

After the (painful and brain cell killing) staining and door construction, we began to attach the top door using hinges that I liked and a nice knob. The face frame made all the door attachment a breeze. With the cabinet complete and my dad still anxious as to were I am going to put it, we took some pictures and placed it on the back of my friends truck to be taken to my house. After gingerly moving it into my living room I was done and received a modest 96% in wood shop. My year was ...

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Part 8: Placement

06-26-2014 07:41 PM by AlexTelfordHasWood | 2 comments »

About a week into summer I had a brilliant idea to place this project in my closet. My room is very small, so this process was difficult by myself. When I first brought it home my dad said it was neat and that he (being a lifelong wood worker) had never made a free standing cabinet piece. Although, he did say he could see some things wrong (and kept these to himself), I had a project on him. And he was happy with the placement. Me: 1, Dad: 0. Upon reflection: this was a very painstakin...

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