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Blog series by SPHinTampa updated 06-30-2012 03:03 PM 8 parts 28948 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Milling Wood and Cutting Parts

02-16-2012 08:21 PM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

Like most of you out there, I think my mother is the most amazing woman on the planet, and I wanted to find a way to express that to her. My mom’s birthday is on January 2nd, I feel very bad that she always seems to get short changed on the birthday celebration because everyone is tired from Xmas and New Years. I wanted to give her a very personal present this year to show how important she is too me. I was considering a jewelery box and when I saw this project in FWW, I decided ...

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Part 2: Dovetails - Purists please look away

02-20-2012 01:59 AM by SPHinTampa | 2 comments »

Last session, I managed to rough cut, mill and prep most of the project parts. This session, I finished gluing up the dividers and cutting the carcase joinery. The divider portion of the project isn’t going to upset anyone so I will walk thru that first. My intention is to create curly maple interior rather than the veneered approach used in the FWW article. In addition, I am going to use plywood in the interior except for curly maple fronts. First step is take some of the 1/4&...

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Part 3: Assembling the case and making the feet

03-16-2012 05:25 PM by SPHinTampa | 1 comment »

In this session, I got the following steps completed: - Cut the rabbited dovetail joints on the base- Assembled the case- Created a template for the scroll work foot- Cut the scroll work feet- Cut the miter lock joint for the foot- Assembled the feet for the case In more detail, here are the steps I followed I used a 1”straight bit on the router table to cut a stopped rabbit along the based of the case. I measured 7/16” from the based on the case and cut a referenc...

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Part 4: Creating the interior assembly

04-14-2012 11:46 PM by SPHinTampa | 0 comments »

In this session, I was able to: - Glue the wood fronts onto the plywood shelf stock- Fit the upper shelf that creates the first hidden compartment- Route the stopped dado slots for the shelf assembly- Route the notches for stopped dados- Create the shelf assembly- Glued and fit the shelf assembly into the case When I resawed the curly maple for the drawer front, I was able to use the left over side as my shelf stock. I planed the left over 1/4” strips to an even thickness...

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Part 5: Finishing external details on case

05-25-2012 05:02 PM by SPHinTampa | 3 comments »

In the last blog entry, I completed the interior elements. Now I will turn to the completion of the external elements of the case. Where I started. Where I finished. During this session I completed the following: 1. Create base molding2. Nail base molding3. Create crown molding3. Glue crown molding on4. Add filler strip5. Attach feet I started with the base molding from the plan. It is sized to just cover the lower dovetails. I made a mistake and cut the rabbit at 90 d...

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Part 6: Drawers and yet another dovetail jig

06-06-2012 08:26 PM by SPHinTampa | 2 comments »

Have completed the bulk of the body, I moved on to the drawers. I used the incra jig to cut both the half blind and thru dovetails. So I started this session with the body completed And finished with the interior completed as well. Steps in this session1. Glued and cut out drawer faces2. Set up incra jig with 1/2” 14 deg bits and loaded dovetail template3. Cut face drawers with half blind dovetails in front and thru dovetails in back4. Cut hidden drawer with all thru dovetails...

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Part 7: Tombstone style, veneered door

06-14-2012 10:42 PM by SPHinTampa | 3 comments »

In the last session I finished the 10 drawers. Now it is time start on the door. In this session, I: 1. Veneered the door panel2. Cut the rails and styles for the door3. Used loose mortise and tenon joinery for doors4. Cut the tombstone arch5. Assemble door6. Cut mortise for hinges I started with the main body done. Session ended with a completed door. First step was to create the veneered door panel. I used 1/4” maple ply with amboyna burl on the front and mahogany...

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Part 8: Finishing and Hardware - Done!

06-30-2012 03:03 PM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

Last session, I built the front door. In this session, applied the finish and the hardware before finally shipping to my mother … only one month late for Mothersday! I ended last session with the door done. and finished with the completed piece The steps I followed to finalize the piece: 1. Applied spray shellac to inside drawers and non show drawer sides2. Finished planed the show surfaces, scraped and sanded to 320 grit3. Applied dilute stain to curly maple...

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