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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 429 days ago 6 parts 5678 reads 115 comments total

Part 1: The Objective

438 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 20 comments »

It goes by at least a couple names, but I’m from Illinois so I’ll stick with Lincoln Desk for the style. An example: I only have a top piece at the moment, along with a ‘found’ table that’s not the right size. I think some adjustments on the table along with a refinish are in order, and I’ll take some pictures along the way. Should be short and sweet, we’ll see.

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Part 2: Materials At Hand

437 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

An exploration of the cabinet and would-table is in order. Here’s the actual Lincoln part of the tandem, first closed then open. It’s a well-made, hand-made affair, with the backside definitely of the ‘economy school of material sourcing.’ First time I’ve seen splines in the wild… Back panel rabbet’d into top, with sides into dados of the top. For the table, aprons show signs of being hand-planed… .....

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Part 3: Time to Make Sawdust

436 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

The width of this table needs to be brought into line with the Lincoln topper if it is to become more of a desk-like object, so it’s time to cut the aprons. One thing I did notice througout the following steps was an overall difficulty clamping this four-legged beast to/on the bench for work. But I got it. First cut! Second went the same, and I had an end removed! So it was onto the plan for removing the bum leg from the remaining assembly so it could be worked via lath...

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Part 4: With a Foot to Boot

435 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Left off with a boot for a foot. Time to shape this into a ball-ish type thing that (somewhat) matches the other three. Sawed to a baseline, then chiseled. The started working my way from the Bottom – Up. Made it round with the #92 should plane… Rasp and sandpaper finished the task. Next time, top cut and cleanup to get the desk-sized object ready for finish. Thanks!

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Part 5: Make Ready the Top!

432 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 21 comments »

Attention turned to the top, and lest you think it’s not truly vintage OR that smoothers with camber get you forklempt, see if you can spot the gentles undulations on the side of the cabinet in this shot: Anyway… Time to cut the top at the RAS. I measured for overhang that basically mimics the top of the topper in total width (if you can follow that…) I couldn’t resist getting a sneak-peek. The topper has a cove and round-over detail that had to...

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Part 6: Done & Done

429 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 23 comments »

3-2-1 mix on top (4 coats) and aprons / legs (3 coats). Here’s the refurb’d desk with the vintage topper; all I did to said topper was applied some finish to freshen it up. My harlequin version of a Lincoln Desk, then: That’s a wrap, thanks for looking!

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