|Project by toddbeaulieu||posted 08-19-2016 08:56 PM||1523 views||13 times favorited||17 comments|
I got it in my head that I wanted something different for the corner base cabinet in my kitchen build.
I spent two days failing to get anywhere on angled dovetails with my Incra before giving up. I then spent another day being a dope with the angled box joints. All in all I wasted four full weekend sessions, destroying material and confidence, but I was not going to give up with that much invested. I made a 45 degree sled attachment and carefully calibrated it with flashing strips until it was as close to 45 as I could get it. I can fit three pieces at a time and it worked pretty well, but I really had to pay attention, ensuring consistent pressure direction and looking for board movement. I struggled getting the two drawer front pieces the right length and had to redo them three times before I finally went online and used math to determine it, based on the hypotenuse and angle. Duh. I sucked at math and really wish I had tried harder! Note the photo where I had to cut off the fingers I just milled (routed) because it too long. I had to re-mill them. Three times. Dope.
The glue-up was an absolute nightmare. Took me a while to figure out a system that worked OK, but it was really challenging to seat the box joints. A 90 joint can easily be clamped and drawn together but this was much trickier for me. I finally figured out that if I secured the drawer front with a clamp to prevent it from distorting I could use another clamp to draw that assembly down. Without the first clamp bad things would happen. It’s just poplar and I used Arm R Seal. With rounded edges it actually looks pretty good close up. The handles are chunky pieces of maple that I fit to each drawer front with my new shooting plane setup. I routed a finger groove under each one and they work intuitively.
I have some ideas as to how I might do it the next time, but I hope to God that I never have to do one of these again.
The assembly sits on a circular bearing and will have a folding cabinet door on the base cabinet.