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Timeframe: 09-10 Feb 2013

Wood Used: On-hand 1/2” plywood, reclaimed poplar drawer sides, masonite for drawer bottom

Galoot Index: 5 on a 10 point scale, and that score is attained via half-blind, hand-cut dovetails in the drawer, a little bit of #50 plow plane work and some smoothing of drawer front and sides with the #164.

Cost: $0 for wood, $5 for paint, $2.75 for drawer pull

NARRATIVE

My wife and daughter went shopping a couple weeks ago and came home with a new bedroom set for my daughter. Without commenting on the state of modern furniture construction, a couple of fabric ‘totes’ needed a home, and the MDF / particle board version at the store was 5X the price of the totes, so I said I’d make something.

THE BUILD

I started with four pieces of half inch plywood that’s been on hand for a couple, three years.

Cut dados for shelves, and a pair of rabbets for the top joinery using the RAS, cleaned up with the #50.

When I was marking up these cuts, I decided to add a drawer to the top rather than cut the boards shorter.

Used some donor material (I love finding old casework that’s beyond worthless and salvaging drawer sides for use in builds like this. Save SO MUCH TIME) for the drawer sides, and did half-blinds to a piece of pine to complete the drawer. Looking good after a coat a primer!

Looks good in place, too!

And my daughter (and wife!) love it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive





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bhog

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 10:05 PM

Nice cabinet Smitt.It will surely last alot longer than anything store bought.

I like the finish too.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 10:07 PM

Black doesn’t photograph very well, but it’s a decent result. I sanded (ROS) before priming, and sanded the outside surfaces after the first paint coat. The grain of the ply is still very much there, and actually is a cool effect. Thanks, b!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 10:08 PM

Very nice Smitty. Great dovetails!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 10:20 PM

You just keep knocking them out Smitty. Very impressive and if the wife and daughter love it, then say no more.

I like it too by the way. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Dan Krager

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 10:49 PM

Cool! Just right!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 11:17 PM

Way to add some fun galootness into an otherwise routine plywood project Smitty! It came out great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 11:21 PM

Thank you, Gents! My wife is very impressed. That, I must say, is a first. She is one that likes new, shiny finishes. Much more contemporary in her stylings than I am. So this was a win!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 11:26 PM

Good job Smitty. This one looks like it came together quickly based on your posts, always a plus.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 11:49 PM

Yeah, Shane, it was just a couple days’ work, off and on of course, in the shop. Very nice to get one done quickly for a change!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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iceman50

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#10 posted 02-10-2013 11:51 PM

Smitty. U can turnout. Nice things in less time than it takes me to think about a project

-- Stay cool.

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lysdexic

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 03:48 AM

Chicks love Pottery Barn. My wife and daughter would love it as well.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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AnthonyReed

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 03:54 AM

Looks great Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 04:03 AM

Iceman, i was taught well re: project planning!

Let’s keep ‘em happy, Scotty! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 02-11-2013 07:35 AM

Nice job Smitty, plus saved a bundle and the women are happy with
the result cant get better
I just used the same green on the kitchen table.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 02-12-2013 12:47 AM

Thanks, Jamie!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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