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Blog series by bandit571 updated 02-05-2018 11:27 PM 15 parts 9564 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: A start up..

01-04-2018 09:47 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Ok, been quite busy lately, Holidays, and such. Spent a bit of cash to get about 32bf of Ash, from a friend of mine.. Hauled a few of the 4/4×6” planks to the shop….needed to cut a couple to length, joint the edges, and make a couple panels Hmmm, thought these were flat sawn..until I found the end grain. Quarter sawn Ash.. Used this old saw, to cut a few blanks to length.. Jointed the edges, and checked for any gaps.. Got one side into the clamps̷...

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Part 2: Shelves and webframes

01-04-2018 10:25 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

OK, grooves were milled, needed some shelves made.. Used this vintage Skil saw 6” to cut down a small panel of 3/4” plywood. Router was reset. Needed this fence, set about half way into the bit. I clamped each shelf blank on end, and added a backer board. Plywood was the normal “Borg” stuff…and bowed a bit.. No problem, clamps to take the curves out, long enough for the router to work….also gave a wider area for it to ride on. The place the...

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Part 3: A face frame gets built

01-04-2018 10:53 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Ok. I need to build a “face frame” to cover the front edges of the case..ripped down another plank of Ash Bandsaw to rip a couple stiles, about 1-1/2” wide. Jointer plane to remove saw marks, and make the two match each other. Needed three rails.. Mitersaw to cut those to length….ganged all three up.. Shorter boards = shorter planes. Then I needed tenons on both ends of these three.. Didn’t like these wide tenons, so they were trimmed down a...

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Part 4: Face frame installed, and other mishaps

01-06-2018 02:13 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Ok, tried to fit the face frame to the front of the case…..wasn’t going to fit….Frame was a hair narrower than the case, and threw the alignment stuff off. Decided to expand the grooves outward a hair, both of them. had to reset the cutter on the Stanley #45,....took out the #12 cutter, and replaced it with the #13… That was all I was going to do..last night…one thing lead to another…tried different ways to hold the frame still, long enough to use th...

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Part 5: A drawer building day

01-07-2018 12:01 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Well, I got the clamps off, and things laid out… Drawer front fits…I removed the rest of the clamps, and moved the case so I could have a bit more elbow room… Hauled the Pine 1×6 to the shop. Set up to cut a pair of drawer sides. A Disston D-7, 10ppi crosscut. That green can was also needed, today One end was a tad off, used the mitre box to trim it down to match the first one. You would think, that both parts coming from the same board, would be the s...

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Part 6: Drawer fitted, door started

01-09-2018 01:33 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Well, got the drawer fine tuned, once it came out of the clamps.. Dovetails now look a bit better…..Installed two strips of scrap onto the runners in the case, where the drawer will slide. Added a pair of shiny knobs…. So I can pull the drawer back out. Knob details? Nothing real fancy.. Drawer was sticking a bit…easy fix. I let the case sit over night, to let the glue holding the guides strip in place cure. Pulled the drawer out, and ran a #4 plane along t...

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Part 7: Door is done....

01-11-2018 02:03 AM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Well, I did get a panel glued up this week.. And let it sit a day…..today, it came out of the clamps. Marked for final width, and a rip cut made on the bandsaw. Then face planed to remove some high spots.. Along with jointing the sawn edge. Width was now set, length was about as close as I could get it. Marked a line along one end, to do a bevel across the grain….. Panel raising. This panel is a bit on the thick side. (more on that in a bit) Paul Selle...

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Part 8: Updates: getting the lower unit about finished

01-20-2018 02:55 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Fighting a chest cold all week long….I was able to sand a few places, and add a seal coat or two.. I tipped the case onto it’s back, just a bit, so I could trim the plugs flush and do some sanding…. The Trimmers. Use the chisel with the bevel down, a couple taps with the hammer to pop the waste off. I try to follow the grain to keep from going too deep….8 out of 9? not too bad. Then sand the remains flush, sand the door and anywhere else that needed i...

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Part 9: The Upper case/Bookcase started

01-22-2018 04:48 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Been a bit busy, will try to get things up to date. Ripped one of the new planks down, and jointed a few edges… Got things so any gaps went away.. Glue and clamps.. then repeat for the other two boards.. Let this sit a day, or so…..I laid out for a few shelves. Borrowed one of the books that will be housed in this bookcase, to get the spacings I needed.. And cut three blanks for the shelves….Will have to add a bit to the blanks, to get them deep enough&#...

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Part 10: Shelves, and a top shelf

01-23-2018 05:40 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Won’t be quite as long winded, this time around…..Had three blanks for shelves…..they needed to fit into the sliding dovetails I milled into the sides. Had the router set up.. With a fence. Needed a way to support it, while making a cut…..decided to gang all three blanks up.. And do a few test runs.. They were a bit ragged, but a small file soon cleaned them up.. Had a few errands to run…came back and made a few more cuts..Got all six pins done,...

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Part 11: Face frame, and a bit of assemby work..

01-25-2018 07:09 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Maybe even a PIP? Got the parts for the face face milled.. Jointed the edges. Milled some tenons.. That I thought were correct…..was a bit too much tenon….Chopped a few mortises… Until I could do a glue up.. Later, came back and tried a dry fit to the front of the case…case was wider than the frame….added a thin strip along the outside edges. Drilled a counter bored holes. Marked out, and drilled counter bored holes to attach the top. mar...

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Part 12: Bookcase needs a door

01-27-2018 03:30 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Well, I snuck back down to the shop later that night…..fought with the bandsaw to rip a few boards.. Plan was to rip two stiles, and two rails, to build a frame to house a raised panel door…..1/2” blade was duller than…. Threw it away, the only sharp blade left in the shop was a 1/4” wide one. Somehow managed to rip the four pieces to width….the two in the picture are the rails. Wavy as an old county road. Had to use a jointer plane to level ...

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Part 13: Build a door?

01-28-2018 01:21 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Not sure IF this is the hard way, or the easy way, to build a door….About 11:00 am started down to the shop…going to be a LONG day.Got the panel out of the clamps..wasn’t too bad, really…..set up to square the ends. Little 6” circular saw to make the cuts…..then tried to flatten the faces of the panel a little bit better.. Meh…work in progress, was also trying to decide which face looked the best…..coin flip?Set up one other power tool.. ...

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Part 14: Door is done, start on a finish?

01-31-2018 01:07 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok….Wasn’t that great of a day Sunday….door came out of the clamps…..and I fought the rest of the day with it.. Corner brackets: despite pilot holes, still snapped a bunch of screw heads off….even broke the bit in my Vix bit! One corner wanted to split out….got that taken care of… Size of the door vs size of the door opening…...somehow, despite measuring everytime I turned around…the width of the door was too wide for the openi...

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Part 15: A finale....cupboard delivered

02-05-2018 11:27 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

More of a way to close this blog…..been fun. Back was cut down to size….hand saw and a plane were used.. Everything got a coat of amber shellac..even the insides of the doors.While getting ready to move this 73-1/2” tall cabinet…decided to fill in the “empty space” under the book case.. Had some leftover Ash, to make a front and a back, couple of pieces of Poplar for two sides, and some leftover 1/4” plywood for a bottom.. And a simple...

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