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Project by Bertha posted 03-05-2017 12:11 AM 1877 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a sideboard to go against a bare wall near my kitchen. I was looking for something unadorned that I could put some handtools on. I consolidated a few designs from all my Shaker books and fit the dimensions while keeping the proportions.

I started out with some local cherry that had been air drying for 2 years, around 9%. I spent days milling down 200 bf, as there wasn’t much clear wood in the pile. I brought it to 3/4”, 1/2”, and 3/8” with varying widths, some quite wide (12”). I wanted to dovetail the carcass and although I generally dislike moldings, I’d use a simple cove in this case.

I then moved on to the dividers. I wanted a top horizontal divider to pin the molding into and give the drawers clearance. I decided to use one vertical divider and run the horizontal dividers in sliding dovetails. I figured the full length vertical divider would give the 60” case more central support. I routed the males using a laminate trimmer with a 7 degree bit. Cleaned them up with handplanes just to say I did.

I routed the females with a standard router with same.

It got a little tight for comfort on the upper horizontal divider mortise.

moved on to the drawers and used 1/2 blind in front and full in back. 3/8 inch bottoms. All hand cut with a WESTERN saw. This was my 1st large project using a non-Japanese saw and although it took some getting used to, I really like the rigidity.

Ooooo that smell…hide glue on everything except the pulls (epoxy).

Then on to the cabinets. I used a rail and stile with a raised panel. I was tempted to mount the panel flat-first but I ended up mounting it raised-out in an effort to match the molding (which I know nothing about).

I used a labeling scheme and stamped the parts. I only screwed up once.

For once, I remembered to drill the pull mortises BEFORE I glued everything up.

Turned some bubinga knobs for the desired contrast.

I rebated for the drawer back with a router and shiplapped the back with a plough until I got tired of it and finished on the router table. It was friction fit into the case and secured with a few brass screws. I put the beads on the inside and used spaceballs.

I then cleaned up the carcass dovetails and ran the molding. Just a simple cove bit on the router table, then cleaned up with a curved scraper. I mitered on a shoot board and pin nailed it on.

Guess what I DID forget to do before glue up…mortise for the hinges. I got the hinges from Brusso and the catches from somewhere I can’t recall. I was going to use bullet catches but I was worried that the door would be shoved in my accident and damage the hinge.

It too, me forever to hang the doors and mount the catches. 1 went on without a hitch, the 2nd needed some planing, and the 3rd and 4th required drilling out the holes, plugging them, and redrilling. It really sucked and they’re not perfect but the reveal is pretty even.

The finish is hot BLO only. Every surface was handplaned and scraped. I wanted to leave a reasonable amount of tooling and no abrasives touched it.

I left the inside of the lower case mostly raw from the mill, scrub planed to be even enough for the door reveal.

Moved it inside for inspection.

First the left case bottom.

Then the right.

It passed inspection and moved in. Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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Kelster58

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#1 posted 03-05-2017 12:24 AM

You did a very nice job on your sideboard cabinet. Looks like heirloom quality design and workmanship.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 03-05-2017 12:51 AM

There’s definitely more going on behind the scenes than it’s simple elegance belies! Beautiful sideboard—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 03-05-2017 12:53 AM

Strong

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 03-05-2017 01:04 AM

Scotty’s right AL, strong. Nice to see your work again.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 03-05-2017 01:05 AM

Very nice piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-05-2017 01:19 AM

Nice work Berta

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-05-2017 02:38 AM

I have always liked the shaker designed cabinetry, but what I don’t understand is you wanted something to put tools on. The quality of the workmanship and work you put into it in joinery makes this a very sacred piece of furniture. More fitting to have vases with fresh flowers, picture of your wife and display a bible if you chose. Thanks for all the pictures, I learned allot and can admire your workmanship much more.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-05-2017 03:22 AM

you are a true craftsman,excellent quality and worksmanship.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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woodcox

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#9 posted 03-05-2017 04:06 AM

That fit the wall nicely:) Awsome work Sir! Thanks for all the great build pics.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Tom Regnier

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#10 posted 03-05-2017 10:52 AM

Really impressive build using hand tools…thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 03-05-2017 01:14 PM

Wonderful work and cabinet.
Really enjoyed to see you work and look at the tools in the shop, thanks.
I am sure I could smell wood once in a while.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 03-05-2017 01:44 PM

Bertha, this Shaker Sideboard is an extraordinary piece. I’m so glad to see that you are still very productive in your shop. I love this piece. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Porchfish

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#13 posted 03-05-2017 02:32 PM

Very NICE ! Thanks for the complete construction coverage. This piece will be enjoyed for generations yet to come …Goodon’ya and thanks for sharing !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#14 posted 03-05-2017 02:51 PM

Very impressive work.
Thanks for all the photos!

You have some beautiful planes.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 03-05-2017 03:09 PM

looks good

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