Vertical Grain Douglas Fir Cabinet Build #1: Carcass Construction

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 11-11-2013 05:25 AM 2979 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found some great vertical grain Douglas Fir in the construction lumber section of Home Depot. Bought three 6”x8’ lengths at ~$5 per board. Always worthwhile combing through their lumber sections – never know what gems you’ll find at construction lumber prices.

Decided to make a small wall cabinet for our bathroom.

This video is less of a how-to and more of an inspirational video, showing my hand tool approach to building the carcass.

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 04:06 PM

Nice board, video and attention to detail, lookiing forward to the continuation.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 06:22 PM

Nice joinery, very inspirational to watch you paying attention to detail.
It inspires me to want to pay attention to more detail, then to just hack away at my chisel cuts.

What I really (just me personally), like about your video formatting, is theres no voice overs, or any talking, or music insertions , or fancy camera movements, while your working, just the melodious sound of the tools working the wood, from power tools to hand tools, it’s very inspiring to watch, under this format, because we get to peek in on a fine woodworking craftsman, doing fine woodworking techniques at his bench, with no comercialization. (watching it in real life so to speak).

Keep up the great work…

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 06:41 PM

Thanks for the very nice compliment Hobby1. It is pleasant to hear the sounds of tool against wood, and that’s what I’m striving for in my videos.

Fortunately woodworking is a pastime for me. I’m afraid that if I had to earn a living at it, I’d never be able to pay attention to the details at the same level that I can now.

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