The following is an example of a project that I usually will find myself working on. It also highlights one of the reasons why I don’t post projects, as these are usually rough constructions that I attempt to make a little better than the material I am working with. Right now, my house is in a state of semi-chaos. My brother has moved in a few months ago (he has been recently diagnosed with MS and is trying to get his life together) and so I have been trying to adjust to the addition of...
This video highlights a method of constructing decorative boxes (A.K.A. Cabinets) for residential application (or wherever). Rich or poor, young or old, cheap or expensive, whatever the application, the basic process is all the same. Individual skill and creativity determines the overall outcome, aesthetics and quality of the construction. Watch more videos, look at pictures, read books and articles and create your own masterpiece(s); it’s not rocket science. The old adage applies, &...
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!!
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.
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...
I started today by gluing up the top. Doh! #1I decided to use Dominos for the project and did not pick the right size so I cut all the way through the case. Fix. I decided to use through Dominos for the project. Actually the shelves are held in by through Dominos and a false dado I created by layering plywood on the outer pieces. Glue and staples hold the second layer on. Left to right = bottom to top of side Case AssemblyAssembly is a snap with the Dominos. They hold the p...
Unlike the masked man of magic, Ryan reveals the highly secret process of constructing a kitchen cabinet. Well, maybe not so secret, but hopefully an easier, clearer and more straight-to-the-point process to follow. This video shows how to attach backs, or backing, to face frame cabinet modules.
Time to modify the workbench. I built the bench a year ago. Currently it has a simple shelf for storage. The plan is to build a simple cabinet with drawers to store hand tools, possibly my routers, and other “stuff” Here is a pic of the plan from Matthew Teague’s Setting up Shop (same place I got the bench plan). The drawers are weird. The bottoms are glued and stapled up onto the box. The bottom then becomes the runners. —————&...
So I am building a box frame using box-joints. I have my Incra 1000SE miter gauge setup with the stop block to cut the side pieces to length, and I’m all done with that. Time to cut the box joints. So I swap the blade on the table saw with my new (only used once before) Dado blade, I attach my homemade high fence for making box joints onto the Incra 1000 fence, and I’m ready to start cutting. If you’ve followed the details up to this point – you might have ...
What to Expect This blog series will highlight some of the techniques I use in solid wood case construction. My previous blog, about building the New Gloucester rocker, covered nearly every step in photographs with an occasional video. This blog will not detail every step along the way, but will rather explore key details of case construction using primarily videos. The videos are “rough takes” since I’m not going to spend the extra time to edit them. In those situati...
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