|Project by littlecope||posted 08-26-2009 01:34 AM||1345 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I gotta tell you, I’m getting to be embarrassed posting my paltry offerings up here, with the quality of work that’s been seen here of late!! In the last project, I said that I was asked to make a couple of “Pocket Garages” for the two sons of a good friend. This is the second.
What did I learn on this one? I found out that I must have had beginners luck the first time around on wooden hinges! They weren’t as easy to replicate as I first thought. I may even change these… I took off a little too much wood where it matters, in the barrel of one of the hinges…I could live with it, if it were for me, but as a gift…? hmmm…? Still undecided…
Don’t let the children see the last picture! That scary setup for creating raised panels is actually better than it looks though, and worked like a charm. I needed a taller fence, and having plenty of drawer fronts to hand, clamped one on either side of the fence, with a spacer block in the middle. I tried making a zero tolerance plate for the saw, but the places to screw into are recessed, and plastic anyway…so I used one of the drawer sides as a sacrificial surface over all. Raised the saw blade at a bevel through it and did what I had to. :) I’m very likely going to need a taller fence again at some point, so I’m at least going to have to rustle up some lag bolts for attaching them easier. Maybe I can use the existing holes from where the drawer pulls were? ;-) Although it might be scary looking, believe me when I say, I’m a cautious man and never would have used it without trying to make it fail even before the saw was plugged in!
This one, like the other, is poplar. 8+ X 5+ X 4+ dimensionally, and still needs some poly on the inside…I use spray on, and whoever says that’s easy is nuts! Yes, it’s easy to apply, takes literally about a minute, but then it’s torture waiting for that coat to dry before applying the next! And the next! And the…AND having to LEAVE IT ALONE while waiting!! arrgh!
If you’ve read this far, thanks for your time! I tend to be long-winded on these computer thingys, which is a bit of a surprise, because I’m actually a very quiet person…Questions and Comments are, of course, welcome!!
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.