Jewelry Cabinet #3: First Stage Glue up complete

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Blog entry by Devin posted 06-12-2011 11:28 AM 1627 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Refined SketchUp model and main body pieces ready for clean up and glue. Part 3 of Jewelry Cabinet series Part 4: Final pieces, assembly and finish. »

Well…that took a lot longer than I expected. You’d think by now I’d remember that milling the lumber and cutting the joinery is only about the first 25% of the job. The bulk of the effort follows as you make the final adjustments, the final shaping, fine tune the details and then actually sand all the parts, glue up and sand again (and then repair the 6 dings/dents that somehow found their way onto my finished work, thank god for wet rags and irons). And I still have to put finish on it.

At least the main piece is now finished, just need to attach the the boxes and add the drawers.
The glue up had to be done in stages, there are something like 20 different pieces (28 if you count the hooks) that make up this assembly. Two clamps popped off and knocked two more clamps off, bottom line was some damage to the piece, thankfully they were all dents that could be steamed out and then sanded.

Some people have been surprised by its actual size, so here’s a picture of it with some jewelry.

You can see the curved rails and top, the hooks are bubinga, roughed out with power tools then carved and sanded to final shape.

Hooks and mirror frame.

Hooks up close. They are mortised into the 1/4” back panel.

The back of the piece, still needs cleaning up. You can see the ends of the “necklace hook” through tenons as well as the mirror frame. I’ve used a piece of 1/8 hardboard lined with some foam to hold the mirror in place. This is all held in place with a couple simple strips that have been screwed to the frame. The back panels are glued on the outside edge and the first inch or so of the top and bottom, the interior edges are floating in the 1/4” groove of the two vertical mirror frame pieces, this should be enough to allow for wood movement.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 04:30 PM

looking good, she will be peased.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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