|Project by MikeSpanky||posted 09-16-2014 10:54 AM||976 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Got back into woodworking this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I did a lot when I was younger. My job at the time became a real hindrance besides some family issues do I gave it up.
My wife and I have decided we’re going to put in some new cabinets. She had seen some work I did for others years ago and was fine with me taking on the task. We both felt custom cabinets done right would look better and fit what we wanted. The problem was, and still is to some degree, my tools were either getting too old or I needed new things to accomplish this coming chore. Thank goodness for a wife who understands the need.
I began in the spring adding tools. I bought several routers, a Kreg router table, a few quality jigs and build a few of my own. Since my father passed last fall I was given his old craftsman table saw and it has been a godsend. Not sure that it will hold out to the end but like I said, I have an understanding wife.
I’ve been mostly tweaking my skills and scrubbing off the rust of years gone by during the summer and learning and trying new methods. This project was one for my mother-in-law who is an avid reader. My wife suggested I make her this cabinet for her 82nd birthday. I was glad to give it a go.
It’s made from soft pine, which is not my favorite at all but felt it turned out ok. I put it together with pocket holes (a tool that was not around years ago when I built cabinets). I love this jig.
The cabinet is 46 in wide by 38 in tall and 7 in deep. I used minwax Cherry stain then added a gel stain above it trying to darken the pine and find a favorable cherry that matched her cabinets. Last I applied 3 coats of wipe on poly fast dry. Surface is not perfect but I learned some interesting things not to do in finishing.
This is my first post but I have been on LJ almost daily for months. Hopefully I will get to post some Christmas gift ideas when completed.
-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.