|Project by stefang||posted 12-31-2011 04:22 PM||2026 views||1 time favorited||25 comments|
My DIL’s mom has built a nice ‘cabin’ In Sauda Norway overlooking Suada fjord. My youngest grandson Vidar 12, told me she needed a key cabinet, as the one she had there was way too small, and he wanted to make one for her as a Christmas gift.
I checked on the net and found a style that looked nice and which Vidar liked. Then we found a nice old time key pattern in one of my scroll saw books to decorate the door with. Next we printed out the pattern so we could glue it onto a workpiece for cutting.
We worked out the size of the door and made a half pattern for that and then sized the case piece to it. Its all made from pine except we used hardwood slats glued in grooves in the back piece that could hold the screw-in hooks real good and tight. We used box joints for the case and rabbeted in the back.
Vidar cut out out all the parts including the key ornament glued to the door face, the box joints and other pieces on the scroll saw. He hasn’t used the scroll saw for awhile, but he did a real good job with it. I routed the door edges the dadoes for the hook strips and the rabbets around the back piece, then did the glue-up for him as we were a little pressed for time.
I’m glad my grandkids like to make stuff and I hope they will continue to show an interest for woodworking as they continue to grow up. They live about 100 yards away on another street, so I hope they will get good use of my shop, perhaps even after I’m too decrepit to use it myself. In the mean time I am slowly introducing them to the tools/techniques and keeping a close eye on their safety. When they have finished their projects, my son always asks them what I have broken now for them. Admittedly a fair question.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.