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Custom Buffet #5: Drawer Fronts and Brick!

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 10-26-2013 04:52 PM 954 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Raised Panel Doors - UGH! Part 5 of Custom Buffet series Part 6: Drawer Construction »

Time to make the frames for the drawer fronts. The pieces were narrow and some were small so I set up a featherboard to help safely guide the pieces past the cutter.

They turned out nice.

The drawer fronts will have flat panels. I could have used either plywood or mdf but NO! Instead, I glued up some short pieces of poplar, planed them to almost 3/8 inch thick, then ran them through the drum sander. Next, it was cut to final size, then rout a rabbit in the rear so the panels would fit inside the frames. That worked well.

Glue up and clamp

Two at a time! While one was in the clamps, I set up a second clamping station on my work table. That helped a lot.

Drawer fronts complete! All I have to do is some touch up sanding and they will be ready to paint. The doors have been removed from the buffet.

Brick! Yay, the bricklayer is here. Actually, she ws already here. :-) We put BrickWeb on the wall. All that is required is Mastic. We borrowed a tile saw from our brother in law. That was a piece of cake.

It took us a lot longer – a span of about ten hours – but it is on the wall and still up there today! Grout and seal is next. In fact, I am thinking about hiring the guys that install the counter top to do the grouting. Heck, they are experts at that kind of thing.

Next project is painting the doors and drawer fronts. When complete, my wife can contact her friend to come apply the glaze to the buffet. My next project is drawer construction. I have some of the wood glued up and more waiting it’s turn. Once milled to 5/8 inch thick, I will set up the dovetail jig and learn how to make through dovetails! First time for me. Yeah, I will mill up a few extra pieces for practice. :-)

Hope you enjoy the write up and pics. I am.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas



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stefang

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 05:26 PM

Very nicely done on the doors Mike. The work table looks very smart. Your ‘brick layer’ did a great job too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 05:47 PM

Thank you, sir.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 06:04 PM

Thanks for the blog! That’s a very ingineous job you’ve done on the drawer fronts. Super results. And the “Brick Layer” and brick wall covering are beautiful. Awaiting the final pics.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Gassit

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 01:30 AM

MT,

Your worktable in photos 4 and 5 looks interesting. Is there any chance you could upload more pictures or details/

Thanks.

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 03:41 AM

“MT,

Your worktable in photos 4 and 5 looks interesting. Is there any chance you could upload more pictures or details/”

Thanks. My work table is also an outfeed table for my table saw. Basic construction was documented here.

Since then, I added two Kreg Klamp Tracks. They are through bolted to the 1 3/4 inch top. I also bored 7/8 inch holes 6 inches apart. They haven’t worked as I had hoped. Most of the time, things I need to clamp either cover the holes or they are two far away from the work piece. I bought four floor flange brackets so I can mount them from the underside in a few places where drawers prevent access from underneath. then I will be able to insert 1/2 inch pipe and screw it to the flange. The handle end will be above the table for more clamping options.

A couple of other things I did was add an extension to a couple of drill press clamps so I can attach them from underneath in several places.

So, with all that said, the table is still a work in progress. :-)

I modified several clamps so I can stick it through the hole, then turn the bar crossways. That has worked OK so far.

I also added a hinged extension made from 3/4 inch plywood to allow for larger projects.
Hope this helps.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 12:05 PM

What a great idea modifying those clamps to drop thru the holes. I’m sure you wont mind is I borrow that idea?

Nice brickwork too. Isn’t hard to tell see who is “MANAGEMENT” and who is “LABOR” in the brickwork pic’s. :-) This WAS a Union Job, wasn’t it? :-)

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Gassit

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 10:07 PM

Thanks MT!

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 10-29-2013 02:02 AM

Doors and drawer fronts are primed and ready for paint. As you can see, I have an outdoor spray booth! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 03:04 AM

The weather cooperated today so I got the doors and drawer fronts painted. And my “cabinet door installer” put ‘em back on. :-)

Tomorrow, I plan to start building the drawers. I have to glue up a few more boards, then plane them to the final thickness.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 01:01 PM

lookin good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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