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Small Krenov Inspired Cabinet (hand tools only)

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Project by Timmy2Hands posted 01-27-2016 12:19 AM 1592 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired to do this little cabinet after looking at some of the great James Krenov’s work. I needed a skill building exercise and this piece has a little of everything, dovetails, mortise and tennons, frame and panel, drawer fitting, and even some curves.
Dimensions:
Overall 18” tall x 8” wide x 6” deep
The box is 13” tall and the stand is 6”
Wood species – Hard Maple, Spalted Curly Maple, and Walnut.

Here are some pics durring the build.

I use a shop built magnetic saw guide to keep the pins and tails consistent.

-- Tim





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TheFridge

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 01:06 AM

Nice work. ever tried a fret saw for dovetail waste?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Timmy2Hands

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 02:12 AM

Yes, I fret saw most of the time, but this was a skill building exercise.

-- Tim

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 02:30 AM

Awesome. Yeah it’s not easy to chop out waste and not booger it up in the process.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 02:53 AM

Pretty good, maybe a coopered door and Dovetail the drawer?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 02:58 AM

I like the idea of a coopered door, I may look to put that in another project.
For this one though I did a lot of dovetailing on the case, so I decided to build a donkey’s ear for my shooting board and use mitered corners for the drawer.

-- Tim

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rtbrmb

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 03:41 AM

I have never seen a Krenov scaled down like this – awesome. The fact that you used hand tools only is even more impressive to me.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 08:49 AM

I love it. Did you find that using hand tools was as fast and accurate as electric tools.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 11:45 AM

nice work!

I was wondering about your magnetic saw guide… how does it work with a western style saw – does the set abrade the edge of the wooden guide? Also, do you mark the pins from the tails and saw freehand, or do you then put the guide back on to hold the saw in position?

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Timmy2Hands

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 02:06 PM

Dozuki – yes hand tools are very accurate, but not as fast most of the time.
Although sometimes they are faster if the machine has a long and complicated set-up.
If you want to work with hand tools only, you can’t be in a hurry.

AaronK – I do get a small amount of abrasion, but a dovetail saw has such a small set that it does not throw off the cut.
The magnets are counter-sunk a little which allows me to re-flatten the face on some sandpaper as needed. The angle doesn’t need to be exact, but it does need to be consistent.
I do mark the pins from the tails, but the guide can be turned around and used for that angle as well.

-- Tim

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 02:14 PM

cool, thanks for the info Tim. I just got the same saw as you, and i’ve been having a hell of a time making perfectly vertical pin cuts. Not even close to “perfect” actually! I thought a guide like this might help train me a little bit, as well as get some better results faster :) the idea to recess the magnets that much is good… I think i’ll try it.

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 02:23 PM

Aaron, the biggest lesson I had to learn with this saw was to loosen my grip and relax. I was white knuckling the handle and pressing down into the cut way too much. Once I loosened up my grip and concentrated on long even strokes I found that the saw cut very straight and smooth without binding.

-- Tim

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#12 posted 01-27-2016 07:04 PM

cool, thanks for the tip!

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#13 posted 01-28-2016 12:17 AM

I like it!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 01-29-2016 12:29 AM

That’s a fine cabinet Tim, congratulations on the Top Three.! One thing about doing it all by hand is that you slow the whole process down and you learn a pace where you are comfortable and your confidence grows.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#15 posted 01-29-2016 12:32 AM

Words from a master, Turtle, words from a master.

-- Tim

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