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Roubo Cabinet #6: Cutting to Size

05-09-2011 11:22 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 2 comments »

I don’t always subscribe to ‘measure twice, cut once’ because the stuff I build isn’t set in stone; designing around mistakes, when they happen, isn’t too difficult, typically. The foam board mock up I did for this cabinet, for example, represents a high-water mark of up-front design work for shop furniture! With more complex builds, Sketch Up may be something I need to learn. But I digress… After the many hours of work required simply to get panels made to work with (example of one of the...

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Mission Bookshelf

05-08-2011 05:14 AM by WhiskeyWaters | 2 comments »

One of my graduating students just finished up a mission style bookshelf. It’s 32” high, about 15” deep and about 15” wide. Put together with brads and screws. This picture’s from my woodshopcowboy blog. You can also follow along the design process there.

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Roubo Cabinet #5: Panel Glue-Ups

05-05-2011 08:22 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 9 comments »

Laid out the pieces to get panels that will be the top and two sides of the cabinet / carcase, paying some attention to grain pattern as well as grain direction, to get pieces that would be visually appealing and that would (hopefully) smooth well at final finish. Here’s the walnut all laid out: I’m gluing up a total of four total panels – two walnut and two pine. Not rocket science – apply glue to both edges: Brush out, then squeeze. Walnuts were first, and one of those needed ...

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Outdoor Morris Chair #12: This chair is big

05-04-2011 01:36 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 4 comments »

This chair really is big. Very wide. 24+inches wide in fact. .Here’s me sitting on it. Note, I’m a big guy and the chair is still big. I think two of my littlest kids could sit in one of these. Comfy big. In fact, the chair is so wide it makes me wonder. Standard cushions are 22” square. Does that mean I need to get bigger cushion materials?

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Roubo Cabinet #4: Resurfacing Material

05-02-2011 09:59 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 4 comments »

With plan and materials in hand it’s time to build panels that will become the Roubo Cabinet (with pictures!) Not for the faint at heart, this entry contains extensive hand plane use that many would consider exhausting and (essentially) pointless in the modern workshop. I, of course, see things differently. Up to this point, I’d not had a project that required solid wood panels that had to be joined / assembled to this extent. So ‘gluing up panels’ had meant rail and style stuff, not what ...

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Outdoor Morris Chair #1: Gathering the materials

04-30-2011 06:27 PM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 6 comments »

Making Mr Thiel’s Outdoor Morris Chair from his excellent book (pic from his BLOG here).. Thought I bought lumber for two chairs. Made double the cuts and got part of the way through before I realized that I had not doubled the materials. Trip to Lowes Depot this morning and a lot of fumbling through the junk boards got me enough to hopefully do all the cuts I need. I love Mr Thiel’s book but I’ve got one minor quibble. There’s no cut diagram in the book and ...

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Roubo Cabinet #1: Why and What?

04-26-2011 09:26 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 7 comments »

Twenty-five months ago I built my Roubo workbench based on plans in C. Schwarz’ first Workbenches book. I read the cautions to keep the underside of the benchtop clear of anything that would impede clamping, protruding holdfasts, etc. and finished the base with a simple shelf. I did add a small, single drawer to the underside about six months later, based on examples in Roubo illustrations, but nothing else. About a year ago I was fortunate to come across a traditional cabinetmaker’s workb...

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Improved Workbench #2: Design and Beginning Construction

04-26-2011 05:47 PM by Brian024 | 10 comments »

Finally getting some work started on this build. In this video I go over the design of the bench, lumber selection/layout, and I begin work on the top. I know my method for gluing the top would have been easier with a biscuit joiner, but since the one I have is a piece of junk, I go this route.

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Saddle / Tack Caddy #6: Prototype Assembly - 4/17/2011

04-22-2011 09:04 PM by RandyMorter | 1 comment »

On 4/17/2011 I got the prototype put together about as much as I’m going to. It has served me well, pointing out some joinery and other design issues. As I mentioned in my previous blog, my wife wants deeper drawers so that will change the design a bit. Basically the drawer and the tray above the drawer may have to be separated in some respect or another. It’s either that or the drawers just hang below the side pieces, which would be okay structurally if not asthetically. ...

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Woodworking Inspirations of Italy #2: How Venice Italy was Built on a Foundation of Wood

04-22-2011 02:05 AM by Bob Simmons | 7 comments »

Upon visiting Venice Italy with all its canals the woodworker in me became very curious as to how the building foundations were created. I also became inquisitive about the construction techniques of this old city along the Adriatic Sea. The city of Venice is made up of 117 islands that are linked together by water canals, numerous small bridges, as well as 3 large bridges of the Grand Canal. Venice is loaded with buildings of beautiful architecture that date back to the middle of the first m...

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