My 10-year-old daughter joined me in the shop Sunday. I wasn’t her first choice, though: she’d done her chores in the house, wasn’t in a TV-watching mood, and none of her friends were around to play. So she decided to see what kind of help Dad needed. Read more
Well, it’s finally complete! My step-back cabinet is finally done. First, here’s a shot of the drawer that had to be grooved to accommodate the over-thick drawer slides:
As you can see, I got the drawer fronts on and the pulls installed. Here’s the finished cabinet:
So far it’s swallowed a dovetail jig with three templates, two router kits and associated accessories, air nailers, various jigs, hardware and more. I haven’t devoted a lot of time to putting stuff where it works best, but at least it’s out of the boxes that were scattered all about.
Now I’m in the process of designing a TV stand. It’s my first real effort with Sketchup, so I work a bit, get stumped, poke around the on-line tutorials, then try some more. I’ll post some sketches in progress.
All six drawers for the cabinet were assembled over the last week. This was the smoothest drawer assembly process I can remember for any project I’ve done. Every joint together perfectly, every bottom slid in easily and fit snugly, every drawer was square. Then came time to fit the drawers into the carcase.
As you can see, there are five drawers in place. What about the sixth one? Turns out it needed some special attention. Read more
The last photos I posted of the step-back cabinet showed just the carcase. In just this last weekend, I’ve accomplished a lot. The inside of the door and bottom of the upper cabinet have laminate applied, and everything that needs painted, is. Except the false drawer fronts and pulls which haven’t been made yet. And that’s good, because I had just enough paint to cover the carcase.
Anyway, here’s the cabinet painted and in place.
I’ve already stashed my Tormek in its new home. Looks happy, doesn’t it?
Here’s a closeup of the lower carcase showing the cleats that will accept the drawer slides. I went kinda fancy here: that’s cherry plywood!
These started as 24”x8” pieces salvaged from an old project. (That’s why they’re stained.) They’d been laying around for several years, and there was just enough to cut up into cleats. Along with the material I used for the drawers, I’ve been able to consume a fair amount of scrap. (Note to wife: See, I told you it would come in handy!)
Speaking of drawers, here are some of the drawer parts, midday Saturday, waiting for final jointing and planing.
By Sunday evening, all the panels for the drawers were completed, except for cutting them to finished length. (Note to self: Buy more parallel jaw clamps. Then buy a few more.) Hopefully, I’ll peck away at that during weeknights, as well as cutting test joints. Then next Saturday, I should be able to get the drawers assembled, maybe even mounted! Dare I say it out loud? This may be done in a couple of weeks!
After that, I intend to deep-clean the shop (again), placing much of the debris into the new cabinet. Then I’ll get to work on the next item on the list: a TV stand for my new big-screen!
My wife is able to drive again, so I’m slowly relegating my role of Mr. Mom. That means some shop time! Over the last month, I’ve been in and out of the shop numerous times to grab a tool, a roll of tape, or something. The only problem is my bad habit of simply setting things on the nearest horizontal surface when done with it instead of putting it away. So I took a half-hour to refile a month’s accumulation, THEN got started on my cabinet again.
The backs have been installed, and door latches, too. Because my dovetail jig is part of the clutter that is still waiting for a home in the new cabinet, I decided I might as well put it to use and dovetail the drawers. It’s been a while since I’d used it, so I went through the drill of mounting the guide bushing in the router, adjusting the template and stops, and cutting some test joints. All that time made me wonder if it was worth it, but having seen our dovetail showdown, I figured the setup time would pay off.
Next, I refigured the height of the drawers to put a half-pin at the top and bottom. Then I started rough-cutting lumber for the drawers. I came across a stash of enough scrap to make a couple of drawers…so there will be a mix of poplar and oak drawer cases. (And probably one that mixes poplar and oak. Hey, it’s just a shop cabinet.)
After gluing up four panels for the widest drawers (10 15/16″), I’d come to a point where I had nothing much to do, and still plenty of time to do it in. (I wish I could get to that point more often.) So I decided I might as well paint the carcases.
Still to come is milling the rest of the drawer case parts, and then making a pile of sawdust by dovetailing them.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything about my shop reorganization. The reason is, there hasn’t been any progress. My wife had minor foot surgery recently and isn’t supposed to be walking around, so I’m doing the (read: “all”) household chores she can’t: laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, groceries, running daughter to dance, pick up daughter from dance, etc. It’s not quite as bad as “Mr. Mom” from Lonestar, but that song keeps running through my head the last month!
Later this week she’s likely to get the ok from the doc to resume “active duty”, and she’s as anxious to get back to her routine as I am. One thing’s for sure: I’ll no longer take for granted everything she does around the house.
Progress has been steady on the cabinets, if not as quick as I’d hoped. Lumber was procured and allowed to season in the shop for several days. Now the carcases for the second cabinet are taking shape. Pocket hole joinery makes these quick and easy to assemble. You can see the pocket holes to secure the face frame to the bottom cabinet. Note that the top is just below the bench to the left. That way, when the door of the upper cabinet is open, those two surfaces will be flush.
Here’s the upper cabinet. Notice the quad receptacle in the upper right corner that I’ll have to contend with. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ve got a plan for it. Read more
I had a chance to snap some photos tonight to show some of the progress for those that are following along (Hi Mom).
Here’s the DC in place on top of the cabinet. Disc/belt sander fits where I originally had the drill press. Should have no trouble collecting all the sanding dust!
Here’s a “before” shot of the clamp rack that I’ll be rebuilding. Similar construction, just longer with slots that are closer together so I can pack more clamps in the same area. Read more