There’s been more progress in the last several days than in the several months previous, so here goes another installment…
When we spoke last, the Venerable Wall Hung Hung Tool Cabinet was where it has been for nearly ten months: on it’s back, on top of my assembly bench. The tambour has been fitted, and the sliding plane till door is in working order, albeit bounded by f-clamps and a certain, left-most stile.
Oh, the stile. Here it is, and without any detail (sorry), this is the piece that was M&T’d into the H1 and H2 rails earlier today AND glued into place between said rails.
Before the base could get a face, though, a few things had to be addressed. First, the tambour base, or doubler, that was so lovingly added within Episode #11 now is a challenge to be dealt with. On the door side, without you knowing it, I cut a vertical rebate to the backside of the left side of the sliding door to allow the tambour base to move up and down without issue. There’s also a rebate across the base of said sliding door, on the inside, to allow the door to slide in front of the tambour base. Whew… It’s not pretty, let me tell you. Someday I’ll take a picture, perhaps, but I haven’t yet. Anyway…
Said tambour base needs an adjustment now for the left stile to placed in a permanent fasion. Rather than rabbet the stile on it’s backside (which hurts, truth be told), I opted to flatten the face of the tambour base. A gents dovetail saw (older Disston, flea market find) made a series of cuts, with a chisel follow-up to get ‘er done.
With that addressed, it was time to set on the path of affixing the base face to the carcase. The Inspiration Piece (you do remember the Inspiration Piece, don’t you??) features an upper and lower set of rails that are face-mounted somehow. I say that because there’s end grain on either side of the cabinet for each, and because the cabinet is painted I’m guessing it’s nailed. Heck, it has to be; there’s nothing else that could be keeping said rails in place. Well, I’m not painting the cherry face on this cabinet, but still have to keep the rails in place. The top rail of the entire carcase was nailed with vintage cut nails months ago, and those nails will be covered with a piece of moulding. The bottom rails don’t need nail heads or putty filler, though. So I’ve opted to drill and use cut plugs. Wow. Long paragraph. How about pics?
Marked the locations of four screws, one on each corner of the base face (it’s a fun rhyme, okay?). Drilled for 1 1/2” stainless steel screws, and the plugs were cut from a misc. cherry cut-off with similar grain and color. Glue squeeze out visible in the second pic, BTW…
With the glue and screw set, a few hours later, I could stand the cabinet up for the first time in a long time. The four holes are visible; I won’t plug those until I take the face off one more time for smoothing and final fitting with a low angle plane of one kind or another…
The workbench, on the other hand, was a mess.
Most of these tools weren’t needed to complete the one additional task on tap for today, so I played ‘put away’ for the next few minutes before moving (finally!) to the upper doors. A couple of details are needed where the doors come together in the center of the cabinet opening, and for those specifics we have to go back to the Inspiration Piece (you do remember it NOW, right??). Here’s the center stile from the right-side door of the Wall Hung, in front of the same piece on the vintage cubby cabinet. See what I need?
Yep, a bead. I have a beading iron on the #45, but the track it leaves is too wide vs. what’s on the Inspiration Piece. Ditto the irons with my #50. What then? Well, I’ve been wanting to use a certain moulding plane, so after a bit of honing and a practice run on cherry scrap, here we go…
A few more swipes, and that was that!
“That’ll do, Donkey. That’ll do…”
Making the rabbet needed on the other door was ‘no big whoop,’ as we used to say. I used the #50 on the left and right ‘center stiles,’ did a little clean-up with the #79, and the overlap feature was complete.
Time for haunched M&T work on these door pieces! After some final measuring, this is where I left things for the night. Until next time, thanks for looking!
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