In my last entry I mortised Brusso knife hinges into the case. The next step is glueing up the case and then fitting/hanging the doors. Here are a few photos of that process.
First I cleaned off the bench and layed the back and two sides out in sequence. The sides were already glued up in my last entry. The back has a center stile so it needed to be glued in place. That is why the back is dissasembled.
Glue on the back stile tenons, rail tenons and left side mortise. Push it together.
Glue the dust panel and bottom on. This includes the two stretchers which are attached as an assembly.
Glue for the left side, clamp it up and wait about 45 minutes.
Something to note here. I put the knife hinges in place for this glue up so the little sliver on the tenon side would have something to hold it tight against the leg.
Here is what it looked like after the clamps came off and the glue was all cleaned up.
I used pieces of laminate to shim the doors in place. I used my jointer to fit the doors taking very small amounts off (~1/64”) in a pass.
I clamped each door to the front of the bench so the router would have plenty of surface to rest on and routed out the hinge mortises. Then I fit them with a chisel.
This is what the doors look like closed.
I am extremely happy with the way this turned out. The knife hinges were a little intimidating but they turned out not to be much harder than butt hinges. I would recommend them to anyone wanting a nice clean look. I couldn’t really find any good instructions for installing them on the internet except on some premium sites. Maybe I will blog a real how to after this project is complete.
Off to the shop again. I have one more set of doors to fit.
-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net