|Project by Fred Hargis||posted 09-07-2011 09:17 PM||1472 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Just a cabinet, but with many firsts in my 40 year woodworking hobby. It’s the largest single cabinet I’ve ever built, and I built it with no plans (a first, I need plans for everything…or at least a pic and some dimensions). It was only a memory of what we saw in an Amish furniture store. But it was also the first six sided cabinet I’d built, making the clamping plan a little tedious. With no plans I built a mock up out of cheap chinese ply to get the angles and size where we wanted (another first). Due to it’s size and a complicated glue up plan, I used liquid hide glue for the first time on the entire cabinet…gave me much more wiggle time to get everything aligned. As it turned out I made more mistakes than I normally do. The biggest one was leaving the mostly completed cabinet set out in the sun to darken the cherry a little. It was on a furniture dolly and a sudden gust of wind blew it off the concrete onto the gravel, where it fell face first. Completely shattered on of the long stiles on the face frame. I had to remove it and replace it completely….about a 2 day job. For a finish, I chose garnet shellac. I’ve only padded shellac on smaller projects before, on one this size I padded the interior pieces prior to assembly, but I sprayed the exterior (first time spraying shellac) and was completely in awe at how easy it was and the nice surface it provides…a light rub with some 200 grit and it was glass smooth. There were some other things that made the list for the first time, but those are the biggies….glad this one is done so I can move on.
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