Last time I glued up the door fronts:
I spent some time fitting the doors with a plane:
And then I passed them through the drum sander to flatten them:
This little marking jig came with the hinge drill bit I bought:
Drilling the holes for the hinges:
Aligning the hinges:
The Skinny Door
I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to cover the space where the DVD player shelf is. I finally decided it needed a cover of some kind. The original plan was a drawer but I abandoned that because it was too wide. This was the solution.
The flip-down door will stay closed until you need to use the DVD player, etc.
These were the only hinges that would work since the drawer is inset and needs to hang flush with the shelf:
I searched the internet and local hardware stores and couldn’t find hardware I liked. I wanted something modern and simple and sleek. So then I thought I would try to make it myself. We have a place called “Rowe Machinery” in town that sells used machinist equipment and industrial supplies.
I was going to buy a piece of aluminum stock and cut it into drawer pulls. But I started talking to the owner of the business and one thing led to another until we had an agreement that I would pay him to machine them for me. We both agreed that it would be best to keep the aluminum shavings out of my woodshop and off of my carbide blades and router bits.
So I made him some drawings and a few days later this is the result:
Showing three of the same pulls from three different angles… The aluminum was fed through the mill with a fast feed rate to intentionally leave mill marks on the surface. A radiused finger groove was milled into the bottom of the pulls and screw holes were tapped in to the back.
Custom hardware installed:
Total Building Time So Far: 78 hours
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