Sewing Center #3

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Blog entry by robbi posted 01-26-2009 06:37 AM 794 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I feel like I hardly got anything done this weekend….going quite slow I am afraid. I have had some issues with my table saw so 1/2 of my time was spent trying to fix that. Sometimes I wish I had big buff muscles so I could wrestle with my tools better. Seems I spend a lot of time swearing and yelling at my tools. Anyway….on with the show here.

I had to make the drawer slides which entailed cutting them from 3/4 oak and planing them down to 1/4. I have a band saw but it is a cheap one and is really only good for rough cutting, I didn’t want to rip the 3/4 inch wood on it so decided to use my table saw, probably not the safest thing to do but my board was about 6 inches wide so it was ok. I just shaved off a few strips a little wider than 1/4 inch and then planed them. I then drilled the recessed holes for the screws.

Next was the trim around the outside edges to cover the plywood. I used 3/4 inch oak for this too. My plywood is 3/4 inch, but apparenly not the same 3/4 inch that solid oak is. One thing that always makes me wonder…if it’s called 3/4 inch, shouldn’t it all be the same? So after I cut those out I had to plane them down so they were the same as the plywood…3/4 inch, the other….3/4 inch….whatever!

I then had to make splines and cut grooves in everything to attach the trim. Oh, almost forgot, I also had to cut dado’s at the tops and bottoms of all the sides. I had to cut a dado for a shelf too, which I screwed up. I cut the dados (not sure if I am using the right term here) at the top and bottom 1/2” deep but was supposed to cut the one for the shelf only 1/4” deep. I forgot and did it 1/2”. I was really mad at myself for that one. Then I spent about a 1/2 hour trying to find a spare piece big enough to re-do either the side or to make the shelf wider, neither of which was in the cards for me. Then I had a brilliant idea that I had some extra wood from the drawer slides, which just happened to be 3/4×1/4, slid that little baby right in the bottom of the dado, glued it in and as soon as I put the shelf in, no one will be the wiser….except all of you.

Did a little light sanding on everything before I glued it all up. Those splines were tight, but looks pretty good. Sorry the pictures are a little boring, almost look just like last week. Hopefully next weekend it will start looking like a piece of furniture.


This is the framing for the two shelving units on the sides and the back piece.

drawer rails

These are the drawer slides

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 02:55 PM

3/4 plywood in the USA is usually closer to 23/32” thick (ie 1/32” under size). This is within the tolerance specified in the ANSI grading standards (at least I think it is). By being just a smidge thin it means that after you pay for 32 sheets, the manufacturer gets a no-cost one to sell at 100% profit. Not quite that simple, but you get the idea.

I haven’t had much experience with it but it is my understanding that MDF cored plywoods are sometimes more “correct” in thickness than the average ply built stuff.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 06:01 PM

Looks like things are moving right along.

Don’t worry about the pace- this is a woodworking project for yourself. There is no deadline! Enjoy your time in the shop and each new skill you pick up. Each “mistake” is another learning opportunity.

And all that swearing and yelling keeps the neighbors wondering what the hell is going on over there!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 07:12 AM


At least you’re making progress. Don’t you feel great when you figure out a way to save something you thought was a mistake? I’ve heard that a good woodworker isn’t someone who never makes mistakes; he’s someone who knows how to cover them up! [And, no, I didn’t use the word “he” because I think all woodworkers are male. I’m OLD and way back then I was taught that the grammatically correct usage is always masculine. I’m stuck in my OLD ways. ;-) ] I’m looking forward to watching your progress, (something I don’t seem to be making these days).

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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