As part of the Introduction to Woodworking 101 continued I introduced Jon to the part of furniture construction that most woodworkers truly enjoy- sanding and glue-ups! This is a picture that was taken about a month ago of him sanding the right side of the vanity.
With this glue-up, using biscuits, the face frame is being attached to the carcass. This was a challenging glue-up given the number of biscuits involved and the size of the cabinet. It was helpful to have two of us working together on this. If I had to do this by myself it would have been a challenge to get the clamps on before the glue started setting. Attaching the face frame may have been easier if we had cut a biscuit channel in the carcass edges but I guess I am still old school since we cut individual biscuit slots to attach the face frame.
At this stage the cabinet is ready for staining/finishing (with plenty of lessons in sanding, of course) and construction of drawers and the door. The finished cabinet will be posted shortly.
I will say that this certainly has been a learning experience for both of us. As a self taught woodworker I have developed my own set of skills and techniques. Having another person in the shop did give me an opportunity to both demonstrate and explain different processes. In doing so Jon pointed out some things that made the process and assembly more efficient and/or faster. This just reaffirmed my basic philosophy that we can both learn from and teach others irrespective of our individual skill level.
-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine