Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #13: week

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Charles Neil lowboy build-along, # 13

At our last episode, we were at the ranch and Skip and Marty were…….?! When I left you, I’d just completed gluing and pegging the lowboy together. Now, I measure and cut the material for the drawer shelves, in this case, made from poplar. After cutting all the material, I lay the sections of wood out and draw a line across the material where the biscuits are to be placed in the dust shelves material.
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To make things easier, I take out my bench hook to hold the pieces while I use my biscuit joiner.

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I glue them up, clamp them and check for square by using my trammel points.

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This eliminates the need to have a measuring tape.

I write the time on each piece and I let all the shelves’ glue dry

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. After un- clamping all the drawer shelves, I put them in place one by one

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, making sure they are square with the case from all directions and this includes the frame that the top will be. Each frame is glued in the front of the case and screwed in the back, to make them adjustable when the drawers are installed.
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Next up, I start the gathering of material for the drawers. My plan is to use maple for the drawer sides and back. But after finding the maple that I’ve stored for a couple years, and that was stored by my son as a favor, I take it down and do a skim on my planner. From this point, it’s good news/ bad news. The good news is, all of this maple is nicely figured.
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Now I cut out the poplar to the exact width and height of the drawer openings for the backs and mahogany fronts and just a ½ “shorter for the sides. After some test fits, they’re put in the case to acclimate over night, but longer would be better.

The bad news… I don’t have any other appropriate material for the drawer. After e- mailing, Charles he said he wouldn’t use this figured maple, because it’s just too nice. After digging around, I find some poplar, some of it 16 quarter, and re-saw just enough for the drawer sides and backs.

I set up one of my dovetail fixtures and get ready to dovetail the drawers.


This is where I will continue next time.

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#1 posted 1523 days ago

moving right along here jim ,
looking good too .

can;t wait to see the final work ,

i have a watch ,
and a square too .
i might try this someday !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1523 days ago

I’m sure you would be alot quicker David

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#3 posted 1523 days ago

not me , jim .

i’m still waiting to finish my starburts table !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1523 days ago

Nice Jim. I look forward to see your progress on this every week.

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#5 posted 1523 days ago

Looks great so far Jim, thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 1523 days ago

Lookin Good Jim.

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#7 posted 1523 days ago

I second the trammel points, nice work.

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#8 posted 1523 days ago

Love this blog Jim!
I built an assembly table with 2 edges that I could raise above the top, providing a square corner I could use to square up the part, having gotten tired of moving the trammel/tape corner to corner. I just clamped the assembly to the raised edges.
I really appreciate the effort taken to include us in this project!

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#9 posted 1523 days ago

Looking good Jim, I never thought of using trammel arm for checking square, very cool idea!!!

The build is looking great. Skip & Marty….The Mickey Mouse show??? You were a mousekateer?

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 1523 days ago

Thanks Jim for all the hard work you put in on our behalf with all the detail I’m definitely going to use this as a reference guide when I make mine . I have 3 more projects on the go at the moment but I can’t wait to start this. Thanks again Jim, by the way that looks to be a fantastic shop you have there from what you see in the background
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 1523 days ago

Great progress Jim. Keep up the great work..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 1523 days ago

Hi all, Nice work as always Jim, the trammels are a great tip. I wonder about the wisdom of mounting those dust shelves rigid as you did, the difference in the wood species expanding and shrinking at different rates is not a concern? They looked pretty tight?

Have a great day.
Doug in AZ.

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#13 posted 1523 days ago

I also like the trammel points usage for square.
Why didn’t I think of that? It’s brilliant.

Thanks for the approval for Poplar drawer sides. I always wondered if that was OK.

Good build Sir,

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#14 posted 1523 days ago

Jim: it’ coming along great. A nice series of photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#15 posted 1523 days ago

I really like watching and reading this series. Good stuff Jim. Can’t wait to see the next installment!

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