Lisa's Jewelry Cabinet - Part 2

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Blog entry by William posted 04-30-2012 03:01 AM 3029 reads 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we left off in Part 1, I had drawers gluing up.

To hang the drawers in the cabinet, I used the sliding dovetail jig on the Stumpy Nubs dovetail machine and cut slots. However, I didn’t use a dovetail bit. I used a straight bit. The clamping feature on the machine just gave me a convenient way to cut them safely.

Then I cut and glued some strips inside the cabinet for those slots to ride on.
This took careful measurement. I wanted to leave a sixteenth of an inch clearance between each drawer. Somehow, I messed up the top drawer measurement. I did not catch it until the glue had dried. So instead of chancing messing anything else up trying to get that strip out, I came up with a different solution.

I added a strip across the top of the inside of the cabinet. This looks nice and just eliminates the top drawer. This is one of those great things when I’m doing a project without planning. I can change it on the fly and say I designed it that way.
You may also notice in this photo that I’ve added knobs to the drawers.

Next, I cut my pieces for the side compartments. I was just about to miter these when I had a thought. Box joints would look more fitting with the rest of the cabinet here. So I got my box joint machine back out and went that route. This presented a couple of problems.
First of all, this required box joints running across the grain instead of with it. It’s a good thing I had these pieces oversized to start with, because I broke fingers off on the first run. I didn’t consider it beforehand, but fingers running across the grain was going to require a looser joint than if I was making drawers. So I added a the thinnest shim in my dado set to the mix and recut them. These aren’t being made for strength anyway, but merely for looks.

Then it presented a clamping problem for glue up. With only two sides instead of four, it was a problem getting clamps to hold tight while the glue dried. I wound up chopping up the piece I’d been using as a backer to prevent tearout from the dado set, and using those pieces as clamping blocks.

Here’s the two compartment doors after gluing up. I think they turned out quite nicely myself.

I decided on piano hinges for the side compartment doors because, from my experience, these can hold a lot of weight while still looking good.

I’m using a spring loaded ball catch on each side to keep them closed but still be able to open them easily.

And I added knobs to the doors.

And that’s where I’m at right now. I’ll be back with more as soon as I can. Thank ya’ll for looking.


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#1 posted 04-30-2012 03:14 AM

WOW!!! That is looking great. All without plans, just “winging it”. You continue to impress. Lisa is going to LOVE it.

Looking forward to the “finish” & the finished project.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 03:16 AM

William that beautiful, those joints set it off you are a master craftsman .i cant wait till the finish is on that wood gran is going to pop out,shes going to one happy person and this one will be passed on to the next generation great job.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 03:21 AM

Thanks guys.
I myself can’t wait until I apply the finish. That’s when the contrasting colors really pop with box joints, when the finish is applied.
I am a little bit concerned about how the joints are going to differ in color tones between the drawers and the side compartment doors. The drawers are the regular box joints, while the others are made across the grain, leaving different grain patterns on each.
I think it will look good, but we will see. I’ve never done one like this before across the grain. Everyday is a learning experience I guess.


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#4 posted 04-30-2012 03:28 AM

Just got back into town and saw your 2 posts, they are looking good, Lisa’s gonna love you even more now!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 03:36 AM

Don’t know how much that is possible Bearpie.
Keep in mind that we’re talking about the saint of a woman who has put up with the likes of me all these years.


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#6 posted 04-30-2012 09:27 AM

Great job adjusting on the fly William…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 10:47 AM

I missed the first part William. Went back and looked at it too. It is really a nice project! She is going to love it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 11:42 AM

Thank you both. I’m glad ya’ll like it.


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#9 posted 04-30-2012 01:15 PM


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#10 posted 04-30-2012 04:17 PM

Eagerly keeping an eye on this one. Looking great so far.

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 07:26 PM

Thanx a bunch for sharing how you solved the problems. Great job, William!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 04-30-2012 08:02 PM

I can only imagine how hard its gotta be waiting and waiting to put a finish on that piece Willliam. You, my friend have the worlds biggest kitchen pass when the wife gets this one. Well done, im eagerly anticipating the finish on this.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 10:49 PM

A great looking project William. She will love it. And how many projects do we do that we dont have to fix something on.
Good work.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 05-01-2012 01:41 AM

Thank you all very much.
The next installment will be typed up momentarily.


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#15 posted 05-01-2012 01:58 AM

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