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Summer 2007 Joinery Contest. Shaker Hanging Cabinet.

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Project by Karson posted 07-28-2007 06:43 PM 5374 views 9 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My entry into the Summer 2007 Joinery contest is a Shaker Hanging Cabinet.

There is no glue, no screws, no nails, no metal of any kind used in the construction of this entry.
I have posted 4 blogs on the construction of this piece of furniture. The blogs are here:
How I got started
Continuing with the construction
The quest continues, Were getting close now.
Almost done – Well really its done now.

I wanted something that was going to stress every joint every minute of every day, by just hanging there. Since it is hung all of the joints are trying to pull themselves apart. It’s not just setting somewhere and the joints are to keep it from coming apart. The weight is below the attachment point of the cabinet. The back is hung on the wall and the sides are attached to the back and the top, bottom and shelves are all attached to the sides. So the back to side joints are the keys to keeping this cabinet together. The description and construction of the locking key wedges are shown in the blog#2.

The inspiration for this piece came from a Woodworking Magazine from the Summer 2004.

The wood that was 19” wide came from a friend.

The major construction techniques used in this construction were sliding dovetails.

Locking tenon keys and wedges:


Wooden Hinges that are dovetailed into the stiles of the door and the cabinet with wooden dowels as the Hinge pin.

Pins to hold the dovetailed hinges from moving and turned door knob.

Homemade door catch using a Holly dowel and a door catch that latches on the dowel.

The full details of the construction with these joints are posted in the blogs above.

Here is a picture of the top of the cabinet that may never be seen by anyone again, and maybe never ever dusted.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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Dorje

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#1 posted 07-28-2007 07:12 PM

This is it!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Bill

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#2 posted 07-28-2007 07:51 PM

Awesome work Karson! This was a fabulous project, and to think it was all done with wood joinery only. Nice.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 07-28-2007 08:19 PM

Very nice Karson, it looks like you did a lot of heavy thinking with this project.

You may be wrong about never seeing the top again. It looks like it could also be used as a chest. LOL.

Question: Did you use some kind of wooden device to hang the shelf? ;)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 08:26 PM

it’s beautiful.

well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 08:42 PM

Dick. I used sliding dovetails cut into the sides for the shelves to be held in place.

It weighs 28 lbs empty.

Thanks for the comments.

Thanks Bill

Thanks Debbie.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TomFran

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 08:54 PM

Beautiful project, Karson! Very intricate wood joinery which, and as Dick pointed out, must have taken some serious forethought. That is some gorgeous wood too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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mot

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#7 posted 07-28-2007 09:37 PM

Really great, karson! I have to say, this is up to your usual standard! Just excellent!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Brent

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#8 posted 07-28-2007 09:48 PM

Very nice. I likes da hand tool joinery.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#9 posted 07-29-2007 02:10 AM

Very nice Karson, I’m so impressed I’m left speechless. You got class. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Greg3G

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#10 posted 07-29-2007 02:18 AM

Karson, after seeing the work in progress and now the finished project, you have done so well it is hard to put it into words. The jointery is outstanding, the finish is perfect for the wood and overall a tough project to beat. I am proud to have seen it in person as well as to count you among my friends. Great work, and God Bless.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Karson

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#11 posted 07-29-2007 04:12 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind comments.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#12 posted 07-29-2007 04:32 AM

Fantastic… much more elaborate project for this category than I was expecting… just fantastic!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-29-2007 06:38 AM

Karson,

Beautiful! I hope your wrong about not seeing the top anymore. That’s too beautiful a board to be hidden from view.

19” wide board huh? Nice chunk of walnut.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#14 posted 07-29-2007 06:57 AM

Thanks Lee. Maybe post a picture beside it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bob Babcock

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#15 posted 07-29-2007 07:19 AM

I have no words….and that’s saying something…..:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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