Well, at least it wasn’t me that bought it this time.I made a gavel and striker on commission from some of the Indian Dontknow I use for a lot of my projects (post on that to follow).I had emailed the customer to let them know they could pick it up.I told the wife they would come over the weekend and she said “You should make a case for it.” I told her that would be more cost, and I haven’t done a case before so it would take about, oh, a year for me to get it figured ...
Whatever was selected for the backing material of this cabinet needed to add strength, look good and be 1/2” thick. Plywood meets two out of three of those requirements, but I just can’t fall in love with the idea of plywood in my tool till. Biggest hurdle with any other material is the work I might have to do to get it to that 1/2” thickness. I checked the remaining inventory of poplar (says Don W, and he should know) boards salvaged from somewhere, some time ago. This s...
Top and bottom of the cabinet have been defined, but not the space for the jack planes and tambor door. Because there a plenty of pics of the dado process, here’s what the defined spaces look like in dry-fit mode. And the plane partition has been shaped to match similar pieces in the inspiration piece. The interior of door’d section then got some attention, again driven by something I saw (and posted) a couple of weeks ago. This shot of the interior of a craftsman-ma...
Have you ever struggled with the different sized plywoods and making dados that fit perfect. Well here is an eay way to make PERFECT fitting dados.
I found some great ideas for building storage beds for our two boys on the internet, at Ana White Homemaker. After studying these plans for a bit, I decided I wanted to make some changes, mainly to upgrade the joinery methods and make the base cabinets deeper, so they met in the middle under the box spring. So, here’s what I came up with after learning google sketchup, and going through a few design revisions. This bed is basically made up of several box cabinets that will be bolted ...
Today I went ahead and got the boards for the top and sides all cut up. The sides are nice and straight. And we are gluing up the boards. I do them one board at a time. this way I have a better control over the alignment of the boards and I have to do less planing and or sanding later. Below is an other picture with the designing of the dresser. I used a FWW magazine to get some inspiration on how the build the “guts” of a dresser. I need to see this coming together still. ...
Okay, I haven’t posted a French Fry Friday post in a while. This is where I talk about those small things or accessories that normally get overlooked in my project post. This week I am taking a look at file drawers. There are several ways to accomplish this task. The most popular way is to use a rack system. Just make sure you leave enough room for it to slid in there. Rockler has a slip on system, where is very cool and easy too. With it being plastic I bet the hanging file fo...
With a design in mind I bought a couple sheets of 4×8 Birch Plywood and got to work. I don’t have pictures of this part of the process, but the first thing I did was to lay out each piece of the carcass on a 4×8 rectangle in Sketchup so I could get check what’d fit and make sure my grain was all pointing in the right direction (at that point I was thinking I might stain the cabinet). I transferred those measurements to the actual plywood sheets. When I marked things...
Used the new dado jig to make my Stickley Inspired Entertainment Center. It worked great. Obviously, I really need a bandsaw. My jigsaw skills are really poor. Jig uses a router bushing and paired bit. The jig edge is a rabbited edge. I had to buy a 3’ clamp to fit the jig. My 2’ was too short and the 4’ was too unwieldy. The proof that it was successful is that my son used it and said it worked. That’s high praise from him.
The last of Ryan’s 3-part video series on constructing a basic face frame cabinet with the parts that he cut out before making the videos. This video shows how to attach the counter-top supports (A.K.A. stretchers, stiffeners, spreaders or whatever you want to call them) as well as general guidance, tips, tricks and information that should help a DIY genius (such as yourself) along the way. More to come; GIT SOME!!
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