After getting tired of cleaning sawdust out of the nooks and crannies of my planes, I decided to build a little cabinet for them. It’s just a basic scrap plywood box with plywood drawers. I got a couple pairs of 100# full-extension drawer slides off Amazon for the drawers. I’m not the greatest at building carcasses (i.e., making them square), so I had to do some trial and error getting the fit right. For the drawer backs I just screwed on a couple pieces of scrap O...
Before I move onto my next real project, I’ve decided to rearrange my workshop to be more efficient. For the last 8 years I’ve had my miter saw on a table in the middle of the shop. Every time I cut a board > 36” I am catching it before it falls off of the table. Just waiting for an accident to happen. This is the old layout. There is a nice table under all that junk: This is the new station: I use bins to store seldom used tools. I have one for electrical s...
When I started woodworking I have three aims. achieve make beautiful boxes in wood and with mechanisms.This is because when I was a kid I loved them.My grandma had a box that my uncle made, and I never tired of playing with it. Now, my grandma and uncle had passed away, this box belongs to one of my cousins (I have 42) This is the box that started it all You can notice that this is a two parts box. The upper side has a mechanism to open the lid (that will be another entry of this blog),...
My daughter asked me to recommend the best way to make a cabinet to enclose the two dog crates that she uses for her small dogs (a white West Highland Terrier and a Scotty). She found this on the net. Her dogs are small and she doesn’t have room for something this large, so I used Sketchup and came up with this design. It is 58” Wide, 24” Deep, and 32” High. I bought some cabinet grade oak plywood and I will use white oak for the face frame and the drawer...
Spent much of today cutting up sheets of 1/2” plywood for the drawers on my Miter Bench. Late this afternoon, I setup the dado blade and got to work cutting all the dado’s along the bottom of each drawer part. I carefully marked each side and cut the dados for the backs. I decided to try something new, and use a lock rabbit for the drawer front. I made the 1/4” dado cuts on all the sides, along the front edges. Then I prepared to make the mating cut on the fronts. I ...
Dovetailed DrawersThere are many functional means of building drawers that will stand the test of time. I believe a fine case piece, such as the Dr. White’s Chest, warrants drawers assembled with dovetail joints. Watch this video to see my detailed description of building drawers with half-blind dovetail joints using the Leigh dovetail jig. This photo shows the drawers at the dry assembly stage. The joints are tight enough to handle the drawers prior to glue up. The end grain...
I like to turn the knobs on the cases I build. Dr. White’s chest has a total of twelve knobs. I’m not a skilled turner, but that hasn’t stopped me from building a lot of furniture with turned parts. Turning a batch of knobs that is “identical” could drive a turner to another hobby. However, it’s not too difficult to turn out a batch that matches “close enough.” Remember, this is a handmade project and hand-turned knobs scream craftsmanship. Watch this video to see how I turn out the kno...
The last time I was over at my son’s apartment he “casually” mentioned that he needed an end table beside his couch to put things on, so I decided this would be my next project. After the toolchest build I was looking for a small project that was hand tool centric that I could build in a few days. All the other pieces I have made for him have been Cherry so the wood choice was easy. I had built an end table similar to this in the past so quickly threw down some measuremen...
Building a drawer pedestal in 35 seconds. Just having some fun. I just wish I could really knock them out that fast. Time Lapse For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:
I wanted an easy way to make some dividers in the drawers in my shop. This proved to be a quick and effective method. Thanks for watching!
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