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Blog series by PurpLev updated 1042 days ago 13 parts 25448 reads 107 comments total

Part 1: Design

1146 days ago by PurpLev | 20 comments »

Shortly After completing the toolbox that was posted here: I realized that I’ll need some setup to hold the larger tool/components/etc as it just won’t fit into the small toolbox. I looked around at kennedy, snap-on, and other similar toolcarts and they are either too big or too $$$ for me, so I figured I might as well build something that would match the toolbox. After debating several design ideas, I think I’m going to go with the ‘simple’ plywood carcass w...

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Part 2: Measure twice, Cut Once, then measure twice again, and cut once more.

1129 days ago by PurpLev | 12 comments »

Its been a while since the previous post mostly because I wasn’t sure I was happy with the original design. I went to the local lumber supplier that carries mahogany plywood and bought the 3/4” material for the carcass and baking. While there I had them cut the 1/2 full sheet to 2 halves (2 quarter sheets) so it’ll be easier for me to transport with my car (don’t have a large truck anymore). With the 2 pieces now sitting in the garage, the original design seemed ...

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Part 3: Dividers Fittings

1128 days ago by PurpLev | 0 comments »

A small step for this tool cart, a huge step for woodworking… or not really, but a small step nonetheless. I was able to dry fit the mitered carcass, and trim the horizontal and vertical drawer dividers to make them fit while keeping everything square (or as close to square as I could manage): had to leave it like that for the rest of the evening, but was able to sneak back to it for a short while longer and cut a 1/8” slot on all the fronts and backs of all the parts...

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Part 4: Gluing up the Carcass

1127 days ago by PurpLev | 8 comments »

Had another quick chance for some shop time and used that to glue together the fitted carcass. I didn’t want to deal with the glueup the day before (after fitting the dividers) as I knew I would need a peace of mind and ample time to do the glueup properly and not rush through it. And so, I cleared the workbench from all the ‘things’ that always seem to end up on it (how is that always happening?!?) to have use of it’s full length (barely enough) and laid down the c...

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Part 5: Front Face Frames are On

1102 days ago by PurpLev | 9 comments »

Another small step forward. I was able to mill some mahogany today for the face frames. I milled some 7/8”x1/2” strips from 1 long board that I was hoping would be enough for both front and back face frames but unfortunately it only yielded enough material for the front which is also all I had time today to manage. So I joint a board with my #6 so that I can then rip it on the TS to long narrow strips 7/8” wide (to cover the 3/4” plywood with excess that I could the...

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Part 6: Sneaking In the Back

1100 days ago by PurpLev | 8 comments »

Since I do not find much time lately to get any progress I figured I’d try to sneak in some shop time in-betweens. Yesterday I was able to sneak in some shop time while grilling outside:1. Turn on Grill, let warm up2-. Joint board flat and square3. Place chicken on grill4-. Rip board to get 2 1/2” strips ~3” wide5. Turn Chicken so it won’t burn6-. Rip narrow strips to get 4×1/2” x 7/8” strips7-. Cut a center groove in strips for spline8. Turn chicke...

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Part 7: a Trim and a Shave

1099 days ago by PurpLev | 5 comments »

Now that the construction of the carcass was finished (as far as I can think) it was time to trim off the excess of the face frames (front was already done, and just had to do the back). I trimmed off the back as I got home from work. I used a block plane for that and brought the carcass into the house to continue working on it later at night when I get more time: can still see the burn marks from the TS. Nothing that a good shave/scrape wouldn’t clean right off: Later at ...

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Part 8: Drawers: Part I

1081 days ago by PurpLev | 4 comments »

I’ve been sort of stuck with this project once it was time to get to the drawers mostly because for lack of material. I wanted to keep all the drawers made of same material and not pick and choose from what I could find at hand, and the only material that I have at ~1/2” thickness range that would make a good fit is some QS oak boards mostly 3 1/2 foot long: I ran calculations and found that If I went with my desired drawer depth of 14” I will not have enough material...

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Part 9: Half Finished and Drawers Part II

1072 days ago by PurpLev | 9 comments »

This project is half finished – Literally I mean. I figured since I’ll be working on the drawers, and the toolcart is in the basement it’ll get dirty, and oily finger marks might penetrate the wood and no sanding in the world will take those out, so I decided to finish the cabinet and protect it from the ‘elements’ around…. and boy did I get struck out by one of those elements… but more about that later. And so I gave the cabinet a good sanding wit...

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Part 10: Drawers Part III: Decisions and Actions

1061 days ago by PurpLev | 4 comments »

I was holding off on the last (lower and larger) drawers due to lack of material which in essence was a good thing as It made me rethink those drawer dimensions and ended up with what I believe is a better build, but more about that later. What was the issue? The lower 3 drawers are the largest/tallest at 6”, 5”, and 5”, but I only had enough materials for 3 ~2.5” tall drawers + some additional material but not enough to glue material together to give me 6”...

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Part 11: Almost there. The end of all marking and cutting

1046 days ago by PurpLev | 20 comments »

We had a beautiful weekend, blue clear sky, sun shining and smiling, birds were singing, even the temperature was behaving – just a beautiful weekend. and I was sick. I waited until I could regain enough focus since loss of focus in woodworking is a bad idea and can only lead to disastrous consequences either to the project or worse to ones self and trotted to the garage only to find that the material I had planned to use didn’t look all that fitting to the purpose of acting...

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Part 12: Spoken Too Soon: A Lesson in Drawer Planning/Measuring/Fitting

1045 days ago by PurpLev | 5 comments »

As I was fitting the drawer fronts yesterday I noticed that the fronts are being located with their bottoms pretty much aligned with the bottom of the drawers which made me think – shouldn’t there be some overlay there? but I digressed and went on about it…. Looking back – I guess there should have been an overlay after all! See, when I originally planned the drawers I setup a (from the bottom) 6” drawer followed by 2 5” drawers … and each drawe...

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Part 13: Finishing Touch

1042 days ago by PurpLev | 3 comments »

After realigning the drawers by fixing the slides, and trimming some drawers, I made sure everything fits. I predrilled 3 holes in the drawer fronts through the pull slots that will later be covered, one in the center, and 1 on each side: I transferred the center hole from the drawer front to the drawer and once alignment was satisfactory I transfered the other 2 holes as well: I used my combination square ruler to space the fronts from each other, and made sure that all the dra...

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