The New Yankee Workshop - Chapter 1 The Medicine Cabinet

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Blog series by camps764 updated 01-19-2013 03:44 AM 5 parts 15406 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: The New Yankee Workshop - A Skill Development Journey

01-05-2013 08:55 PM by camps764 | 8 comments »

Like many (I assume) my woodworking started as a tentative hobby. Something I’d always been interested in, but never made the time for. As I began experimenting and creating I realized that it is something that I truly love to do. However, like many (another assumption) I’ve bounced from project to project, learning or making things up as I went. This has worked fairly well so far, but I know that along the way I have skipped learning some fundamental skills. This morning I...

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Part 2: Medicine Cabinet - First Project Day 1

01-08-2013 04:49 AM by camps764 | 4 comments »

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step…Lao Tzu After writing the initial blog I could hardly wait to get started. Took care of few things around the house, re-read the first chapter a few times, checked my lumber supply, kissed the baby and retreated to my shop for the day. The book opens with some initial information about types of saws and tools a woodworker needs, an overview of the fundamental joinery and some other basic terminology. Great information, ...

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Part 3: Medicine Cabinet - Part 2

01-09-2013 03:56 AM by camps764 | 2 comments »

After dry fitting up the case to ensure the finger joints had a good fit I needed to pull it back apart and take care of a few details that would be difficult or impossible once assembled. First, I needed to drill out the shelf pin holes in each of the sides. In the New Yankee Workshop (NYW) Norm uses a drill press and a specially marked fence to quickly and accurately drill out the shelf pin holes. Unfortunately I don’t own a drill press yet, so I had to improvise a little. Follo...

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Part 4: Medicine Cabinet - Part 3 The Door

01-12-2013 03:14 AM by camps764 | 5 comments »

With the case constructed and the face frame attached, it was time to turn my attention to the door. The rails and stiles for the door were cut to size at the same time as the face frame. The door frame is joined using through mortise and tenons that are pinned with wooden dowels. Up to this point I have tried to follow Norm’s techniques as closely as possible, but I had to deviate slightly for the first few cuts here. In the book, norm recommends starting with cutting the mo...

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Part 5: Finishing up the first project - and overall lessons learned

01-19-2013 03:44 AM by camps764 | 7 comments »

Sorry about the delay in posting this, life got away from me and it’s been hard to find time in the shop. The last blog left off by starting to assemble the door and dealing with some minor frustrations from the roundover bit I used. If you were wondering, I decided not to rebuild the frame for the door. Instead I sanded most of the imperfections out, starting at 120 to remove as much as I could without completely sanding through everything, and then moving up through the grits to ...

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