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Blog series by fred updated 04-27-2007 05:22 AM 6 parts 23652 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: Making Dining Room Cabinets

03-10-2007 01:11 AM by fred | 4 comments »

After setting up the Shop and practicing making cabinets I felt it was put up or shut up time and decided to make the dining room cabinets. On the West coast oak is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Since all the floors are oak I decided to make the cabinets in red oak. Now this project was really going to test my new found skills. That is if you really have any skills after 6-7 months as a beginning woodworker. Well reading books and making some garage cabinets out of pine, it was ti...

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Part 2: Entertainment Center

03-12-2007 10:25 PM by fred | 1 comment »

I finished the dining room cabinets and started thinking about my next adventure in woodworking. I had been using a couple of room dividers against a wall in the family room to house the television and some stereo equipment. My family gave me a DVD player and a surround sound system as a gift. The more I thought about it the more need I had for a ‘proper’ entertainment center. I researched the magazines and the internet to come up with a picture of something that would work for me. Nothi...

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Part 3: Blanket (Hope) Chest

03-30-2007 02:52 AM by fred | 3 comments »

After my daughter received her letterbox she asked for a blanket/hope chest. I showed her some magazine pictures and she wanted something real simple, sort of minimalist. She also told me it had to be made of cherry. In a recent “Wood” magazine there was a cedar-lined blank chest. I used the general dimensions of 40” wide, 16” deep and about 20” tall, and followed the article in completing the inside of the chest. I used unmatched cherry (next time I won’t) but I keep telling myself th...

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Part 4: Router Table

04-07-2007 02:27 AM by fred | 4 comments »

My first router table was one of those real small tables you can get at your local HD. I think it cost about $45. It worked OK but for longer pieces it just wasn’t the one I wanted to keep past a year or so. My son bought it for me as a Christmas gift. Nice son – you betcha. A couple of years go by and I received a Rockler router table as a gift. The next day I went out and bought the steel legs and locking casters to go with it. Now I had a good router table. About a year later I b...

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Part 5: My First Jewelry Box

04-20-2007 03:08 AM by fred | 11 comments »

About six weeks ago I received a catalog in the mail with a jewelry box on the cover. My wife saw the cover and asked me to make it. I guess I should not leave catalogs lying around and should take them to the shop. However, if I leave the catalogs in the house she will find something for me to make. Yes! A new project is born. I ordered the box side and foot router bits together with the plans and hardware. When I saw the size of the box side bit at 2 ¾” tall and 1 ½” wi...

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Part 6: The Wonderful World of Jigs - according to Fred

04-27-2007 05:22 AM by fred | 18 comments »

I love making jigs. It is a great sense of confidence and actually takes longer to make them then it does to use them. I like to build things in the shop and making jigs is fun. I want to share some of them with you. Yes, I know there is a forum for jigs, but it has been 36 days since anyone posted in it. My first jig was a finger joint jig. On my recent making of a jewelry box I made a hinge mortising jig. When I was making cabinet for the dining room and the entertainme...

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