After finishing the face frame, I knew it was time to build some doors to make the station look a little more complete and also keep dust out. Because of the shop vacs, the plan is to only build 5 doors, that way there will still be enough airflowfor the vacuum to work properly. The first step was to route a bunch of pieces for the frame. When cutting a bunch of pieces that need to be the same measurements, I find it’s easiest to stack them up and cut all at once. Afte...
Doors are not easy to work on. If nothing else, they are heavy – especially wooden exterior doors! Below is a simple thing I made to hold the doors on its side so I can work on the hinges. Painting a door is never easy either. No matter how long you let the paint dry, when you turn it over to paint the other side, the first side always gets marked up on the saw horses. Here’s something I saw in a magazine. Put two screws in the top of the door and one in the bottom...
http://youtu.be/_fvjrQYhadg Making the doors and hanging them.
All right! Last time I was done with the marquetry and I had done the mastic on them. I glued them down with Hide Glue and cleaned with called water the paper that hold the pieces from the front with Hot Hide Glue. When all the paper is gone with just cold water, I use one of those green scrubs to clean of the rest of the glue. As there is never a project without at least one f**k up, one of my marquetry panel did slide during veneering. Fortunately, the use of...
Now that I have the plan in place for the end marquetry there is a little housekeeping to be done with the drawers. The pull out ones in the centre column are straightforward and relatively easy so I have already glued the marquetry to them. The tricky ones are the cantilevered drawers in the side columns.When last seen they looked like this. They were glued up but had no bottoms. The bottoms will be 1/4” plywood veneered both sides with walnut and ebonized. Because the plywood c...
The Mystery Project continues…After the Handles were attached, more details had to be attended to…It needs to be said now, that one of the suggested and agreed upon features of this Project, is that it should have “Bands” around it… Think, Steamer Trunk, sort of…To that end, the Lid’s curve was transcribed on to the Cherry Slab… While at the hardware store, and chosen out of thousands, one of their finest “Thickness Describers” wa...
The lid separation went smoothly; mostly because the bottom was reasonably flat and sat square against the table saw fence. The only thing to clean up is the heavy burn marks on the lid side. The box side hasn’t got even a tiny mark. Why is that? The inside looks better than I have expected: the miters are tight and the corners are pretty clean. I have decided on butt hinges, the ones that have to be mortised into box and the lid; and, because the lid is heavy, a stop w...
Somehow things in our modern world have moved so fast that I think the craft, care and pride has become second to strictly making money off of dumbed down consumers. Tools, automobiles, furniture, so many things seem spit out of a robotic assembly line and tossed in our faces through constant visual media. The machine of the marketing world I think at most depends on our stressed out, overworked lifestyles to cave in and just except modern junk. It attempts to pacify our weary minds with f...
Still working on this project but due to a back injury I’ve had to slow waaaaay down on my projects, chores, just about everything. In fact, the only positions I could be in and be somewhat comfortable was either laying on my back or standing up. Carrying stuff and leaning forward or back is right out. And it’s been that way for 3 weeks. But, I am going to a chiropractor now and things are just starting to improve (but man it feels like I’ve been hit in the back with a 2...
In the last episode the latest box (a Bubinga type thing) was in the final stages… After cleaning up the top’s edges, some “reveals” were found, small separations in the miters of the top… I tried what I’ve heard about here so many times, making a slurry of the sawdust and wood glue, and applying it to the separations… The results were excellent!! When the project is posted in a few days, You can be the judge of where the reveals were! :)Anyway, wh...
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