|Project by JasonD||posted 05-02-2011 04:36 AM||4213 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
In “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook”, James Krenov talks about starting projects with just a few preliminary sketches / ballpark measurements, then allowing the project to take shape from that basic idea as it proceeds. When I first read that a year ago, I though to myself, “sure, that might work for you, but I’d never be able to pull something off without detailed plans for every step of the project”.
Well, I finally got up the courage to jump into the deep end of the pool head first. I needed a small cabinet to hold my joinery saws and marking & measuring tools. The project was made entirely with hand tools, all the ripping was done with a $10 Stanley saw with a plastic handle (proof that you don’t always need expensive tools to get the job done). I plan to blog about the build process and post in-progress pics later (maybe tomorrow if I have time), but a few tidbits about this project:
- first time that I’ve ever used hand-cut dovetails in a project (carcass)
- first time that I’ve ever used hand-cut half lap joints (door frame)
- first time that I’ve ever used a glass panel in a project
- hand-cut through dovetails are much easier than I thought
- hand-cut half lap joints to make a frame are much harder than I thought
- working with glass makes me nervous :)
The first picture shows the cabinet hung on my shop’s French cleat system.
The second picture shows the magnetic catch that I made (screw + flat washer + rare earth magnet).
The third picture shows most of the tool holder that I made from yellow pine scraps. They are sitting on my newly-made shooting board; which makes dimensioning small pieces SO much easier.
The fourth picture shows the cabinet before being hung; just wanted to show a pic with a side view to show the dovetails.
All comments / critiques are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to look / read.