We came to Australia to live with my son and family 5 years ago and needed to downsize into the space we have. What do you do with a 1930’s Art Deco oak (some solid and some veneered) wardrobe that can’t fit in anywhere? It’s standing on the veranda, in the way and the weather is going to destroy it. It has sentimental value to my wife and she asked me,”Can’t we do something with this cupboard instead of selling it or giving it away?” I said, “Well w...
TrimChests and wardrobes benefit greatly from the added visual detail of trim applied at the top of the case. Watch this video to see how I cut the cove for the trim on my Dr. White’s chest. Trim after application and prior to final sanding. Out-of-focus shot of the temporary fence set-up I used to make the cove cut. Be sure that your clamps have a good hold. Often, the areas under or near the edge of the table saw are difficult to attain a good clamp hold. NOTE: Years ago,...
Complicated Face Frame The Dr. White’s chest is a combination wardrobe/chest of drawers and has a complicated face frame. There are eight mortise and tenon joints, ten dovetail joints, and one half-lap joint in the frame. I cut the dovetail joints with my Leigh dovetail jig. Watch this video to see how I cut the female portion of the face frame dovetail joints. I cut the male portion of the joint using the same jig in the vertical mode and the bit set at the same depth. NOTE: Chip out...
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...
Watch this video that takes a quick tour of the furniture I’ve made for my master bedroom. Future blog entries will include the family room, kitchen, dining room, guest bedroom, and living room. I’ve built seven pieces of furniture for my master bedroom over the years. I like furniture that is in the Shaker or the modern Shaker style and have stayed mostly with that style in solid cherry with a natural oil finish. The bed is the oldest piece and was built in 1991. ...
Hi. We rent and built-in wardrobe space can never be relied upon to be there. Its not at our present house. We’ve been using hanging rails for some time now, dust is an issue. So I was playing with the CAD on my p.c. and came up with this. Its a (semi) mobile system that closes, like any good box. Bit like an old steamer trunk but 4’ x 6’ x 2’ Either that or it can be used open. Materials? I initially though cheap and cheerful pine and chipboard. Don’t know. What...
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