I’ve gotten a lot done since the last blog but there wasn’t much to show for it so I waited until now to post. But the first thing I did was flip it over and plane and sand the dovetails to smooth them out. Here is the finished case joinery:
Detail of the leg joinery and dovetails:
So this isn’t particularly the exciting part to build (or watch being built) but here it is anyway. The inside of the cabinetry such as the shelves as well as the partition between the drawers and doors, is made of 3/4” mahogany plywood.
This piece will be the bottom floor of the case:
These holes are cut into the floor for wires to come through. They will get plugs later.
In this photo the plywood pieces are fitted but not attached.
PARTITION FRONT JOINERY
Each exposed plywood edge will have a solid front. Here is the joinery for those pieces. This part was cut by hand with a chisel:
This is the joinery between the horizontal piece (front edge of the shelf) and the vertical partition. I cut it on the radial arm saw:
Here it is on the other side where it meets the leg… you can see why I chose this joint, because it matches the joint between the top and leg above.
Finished joint (not glued yet)
I can’t exactly drive screws through the top of the cabinet, so this is how the partition will be attached to the underside of the top:
I cut a curved piece out of the back of the top shelf to allow for air movement and wires to pass through for the electronics (DVD player, stereo, etc.)
The next phase will be a lot more exciting I promise! Next time I will be building and installing the door and drawer fronts.
As a teaser, here is the lumber for the front of the cabinet… beautiful figured Jatoba. I plan to allow the grain to run continuously all the way from left to right across the cabinet doors and drawers.
Total Building Time So Far: 63 hours
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