Barrister Abomination #2: Top cap

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Blog entry by BeachedBones posted 08-24-2009 11:34 PM 1397 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it’s been a couple months since I last worked on this project. I finally lucked into an old oak board that had been sitting on the rafters in a garage for a few decades. I did a quick estimate and saw it had enough wood to do the next step on my barrister abomination.

It’s all pretty basic woodworking patterned on an antique. The only tricky bits are getting the fitting right in order to line up with the shelf sections.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 11:36 PM

Looks like a good fit

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 09:09 PM

Hey, when you posted on my blog you didn’t mention you were doing one too! Looks good! Are you using plans? It looks like their designed to not only stack, but to be placed side by side.

Most of the ones I’ve seen plans for have tops and bases that make placing a lot of stacks side by side not work. I’d like to know if you’re using plans, and if so where you got them?

What are you using for the door slide hardware?

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 09:53 PM

Never mind…I understand now what you’re doing. No plans I guess! Would still like to know how the doors work.

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 01:51 AM

Hey Scarcarig01,

Yes they “stack” side by side too. As you’ve figured out now, this is a build/restoration kind of thing. I’m using this as a way to teach myself how to build barristers while making use of the damaged and mismatched sections I have “left over” I have some measurements taken from the originals, but no plans as such. I have two sets of antiques and each uses different hardware. One is the scissor style which runs very smoothly and doesn’t rack.

The other is a more simple style that I am going to try and replicate when I get to making entirely new sections. It is a U (facing up as shown) shaped metal rail on each cabinet side. At the very front and back top corners are small rollers with the attachment screw going through the center. The rollers are what the wood of the door frame rides on while it’s opening and sits on in the back of the case. The door frame has a small catch attached that rides in the U channel as the door is open and opening. The hook like catch hold the door from coming forward past the end of the rail by stopping at the roller. The door can be lifted up and off the case if there is no cabinet section or topper to hold it down.

Hopefully I’ve described it well enough. I’m going to try and make some of these. I think they’ll work better than the peg and slot method that seems to be most popular for the home builders. (who won’t shell out the $$ for expensive replica hardware)

Whenever I get to the point of building them I’ll add it to my barrister blog.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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