Starting Upper Cut Woodworks #13: Thomas Walnut Dresser - Major Updates

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Blog entry by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 03-29-2010 06:59 AM 1137 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Router Dado Sled Part 13 of Starting Upper Cut Woodworks series Part 14: Thomas Walnut Dresser - Major Construction is Done! »

I haven’t cross-posted the links from my blog here in over a month, sorry about that. I’ve made some major progress in that time, here you go!

The base pieces are ready to rock!

I built a gigantic crosscut sled I call The Beastmaster

The webframes are done! They were complicated because of asymmetrical drawer sizes.

I posted a project update after missing my delivery date. The customer is OK with the schedule change so far.

The thin strips for trimming out the Walnut ArmorCore plywood are done. Check out my technique.

I’ve started assembly and tackled a complicated 14 clamp glue up without a shop helper. That was nervewracking!

Let me know what you think—leave comments on my blog.
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-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 05:13 PM

Hi Matt, I looked at the web site and I like the unique look. It’s easy to read and not hard to navigate. I’m curious about the purpose of the site though. I looked at the archives and noticed two things that interested me – the crosscut cell and the dado jig. I thought I would look for how to build and use them but was a little disappointed. I don’t think I could build a crosscut sled like yours from the pictures. I could probably build a dado jig like yours but, I’m not sure how to use it without nicking it with my router when I use it. I guess I’m not sure how to use it. So, I guess I’m saying you must not be using the site as an instructional thing like most of the sites I visit therefore it must have another purpose and I’m not sure what it is. Is it to promote your business?


-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 09:15 PM

Hey Matt,

Looks great man… did you really manage to take over the entire garage??? How did you do it?


-- Brian, Washington

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 01:21 AM

@OutPutter: the purpose of the main part of the site is to promote the business. The purpose of the Blog is to share experiences from starting the business and building the projects. The links I post here are to the blog posts, skipping the promotion part. I think I’ll do some posts about building and using the dado router sled, and perhaps the crosscut sled too. My posts probably lack too much detail to be considered tutorials right now.

@Brian: I took over two out of three spaces in the garage, although right now I’m spread out to all three and hearing about it everyday. My contract with the wifey gives me two stalls, so I’m redesigning the shop to work better for me. When I need to build, I’ll pull her car out and spread out the tools. When I’m done for the day I’ll cleanup, compress things down into my space, and pull her car back in.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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