This was a project that I posted a little while ago. The back story is that I live in an apartment about 35 minutes from my parents’ place. I go back and forth between the two if I’m doing extensive work where noise might be an issue (mortising, any power tools, etc). Not liking making a lot of trips to carry handplanes down the stairs, I built this special till to make that easier…
I started by using some poplar for the top and sides, and dovetailed them together.
Then, I started work on the front door. For this I decided to try something I hadn’t done before, and do a raised panel door. I made the frame using pegged bridle joints. This was all done with hand tools
Here was my small scale test of this process.
Right, good enough for me :-)
Got to work making the front door
I got lazy with pictures when making the raised panel, but I cut a rabbet with the #45, and then made the raised panel portion with the #3
Here it is just sitting on top of the other pieces
Quick test layout
Then I cut a piece of 3/4” edge glued pine to size, and pegged it in place. I glued the pegs into one side of board so they wouldn’t move, and left the other side unglued, to allow for expansion. I also left a slight gap so I wouldn’t have issues with it blowing apart.
Then for a little added strength and/or peace of mind, I pegged the pin board pieces into the tail board, so the sides couldn’t pull the tails out. Due to the weight, I felt like over building, rather than having something go wrong
With that sorted, I attached latches and hinges to the front door, and then turned my sights on the handle.
For this, I used 2 pieces of hard maple, drilled and bolted them to the sides, after boring a hole half way through for a 1 3/8” oak dowel.
I got lazy with the pictures again, but here it is