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Blog series by Airframer updated 06-19-2015 02:33 AM 23 parts 52700 reads 197 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning Stages.. Plans and Poplar..

08-31-2013 03:15 AM by Airframer | 9 comments »

Well, now that my workbench is finished I can finally start on some badly needed tool storage and organization. I have been tossing around ideas for a tool cabinet for a while now but have put it off in order to not get distracted and prolong the bench build. Basically I am wanting a cabinet that can be mobile (I am a renter and in the Military so my stuff will have to move eventually) It needs to be able to hold a large amount of tools in a central location. Be a cabinet rather than a c...

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Part 2: Design Solidified Finally...

09-14-2013 06:55 AM by Airframer | 10 comments »

This morning before work I finally got a plan together for this cabinet. It hits all the design criteria I had laid out and more so I think it’s a go on the build now. Here is my highly technical “sketch up” of the cabinet :D This is a head on view. The bottom cabinet with drawers on it will reside between the legs and can be un attached and rolled elsewhere in the shop if needed. This will hold mostly consumables (sandpaper, glue up supplies etc) and my sharpen...

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Part 3: Makin' Sawdust Finally...

09-16-2013 04:22 AM by Airframer | 9 comments »

I spent the weekend cleaning up the mess left from my workbench build and this evening I got started on the actual building of the cabinet :D I have only managed one panel but really only spent an hour or so working on it. First thing to do was to find just the “right” pieces for the sides. I have become quite smitten with the baby poop green grain patterns in this poplar and decided to showcase this instead of trying to hide it. I grabbed a random assortment from the pi...

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Part 4: 3 down 1 gluing plus a Bonus Handtool Tip of The Day...

09-17-2013 05:13 PM by Airframer | 8 comments »

Over the last couple of days before and after work I have had an assembly line of sorts going on in the shop for the glue up of the side, top and bottom panels of the cabinet case. I am up to 3 done and one more in clamps as we speak. As each one came out of the clamps and a new one went in I went about cleaning up and flattening the faces with a myriad of hand planes and my scraper. I purposely made each panel slightly oversized just in case I needed to rip a glue joint and re-joi...

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Part 5: Tool Layout and Tambour Doors 1..

09-21-2013 05:30 AM by Airframer | 16 comments »

Had an unexpected early day at work today (which was nice after nearly 2 weeks of 15+ hour days) so I took advantage of it and started laying out the tool storage preliminary plan. Here is the rough idea.. From the front minus doors.. Behind the plane till and tool storage will be a secondary wall that separates the planes and tools from a pair of saw tills hidden in the back wall. And a quick mock-up to see it in scale.. the saws on the front will be in the back in their ...

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Part 6: Tambour Part 2..

09-22-2013 03:31 AM by Airframer | 3 comments »

Today started out really productive but life intervened and production tapered off in the after noon so not as far along as I had hoped I would be by this time but might make it up tomorrow. I started the day out with some coffee and a no 3. After both doors worth of slats were flat I got my Grizzly round over plane and spent a leisurely time adding a round over to the face of all the slats lol. Added some painters tape to keep the doors together before glueup com...

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Part 7: Refocusing, Reorganizing and Sliding Dovetails..

09-23-2013 04:55 PM by Airframer | 8 comments »

I realized yesterday morning that I was getting way ahead of myself trying to make the saw till with the door guides before the case was assembled. I need to know the exact dimensions of the space it will occupy before I build it *doh! So I got re-organized and turned my focus on prepping the panels for assembly. First thing on that list was to knock out the grooves for the sliding dovetailed drawer cubbies. I asked my helper if he wanted to help me out but he was busy chilling on the...

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Part 8: Starting To Take Shape Now..

10-26-2013 08:31 PM by Airframer | 7 comments »

It has taken longer than I had hoped to get an update here but I wanted to wait till I had some tangible progress made before posting an update. So after a month of long days at work followed by a family emergency that kept me out of the shop for 3 weeks I have what is starting to look like a cabinet sitting on my bench. All 52 dovetails were cut by hand essentially the same way. The first set looks like I chewed them out of the wood but they all improved with each corner lol. I am not...

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Part 9: Tambour Part 3..

11-11-2013 12:43 AM by Airframer | 9 comments »

I was able to squeak in a few hours of shop time today so I finally got back to work on the tool cabinet build. First thing was to plug the back end of the sliding dovetails so i can get the back ready for some T&G slats. With that done I wanted to knock out another part that I had been putting off which was gluing up the canvas onto the tambour doors. I had been putting this off because it required a fixture to be built to hold everything square whi...

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Part 10: Tambour and Rabbets... Oh My..

11-12-2013 03:57 PM by Airframer | 10 comments »

The glue is dry on the canvas backs for the tambour doors. Pulled them out of the jig yesterday and broke them all free of each other and to my surprise they curl up very nicely! Then I got started on a spot that has cause me some anxiety for some reason… the back of the cabinet.. After weighing the options I have decided on T&G with rabbets on the top and bottom and grooves along the sides with a center “Key Stone” slat with tongues on both sides ...

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Part 11: Tonguing and Grooving The Night Away...

11-14-2013 03:21 AM by Airframer | 4 comments »

So I finally finished cleaning up and installing the missing parts for my #45 and couldn’t resist putting it to work. First lets catch up.. Last installment I had finished 1 of 2 rabbets for the top and bottom of the back. I finished up the second one last night. This one didn’t go as smoothly as the last and I really cannot pin point the issue but my #78 just would not cooperate. I ended up chopping the whole thing with a chisel. Remind me not to do that again lol. I...

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Part 12: Aww Crap... Gonna need help hiding this mistake...

11-14-2013 02:27 PM by Airframer | 18 comments »

Well, this morning I had an “Aww Piss” moment over my morning coffee. I was sitting at the bench and decided to do a quick dry fit of the top to see where the secondary wall would land on it when I noticed I had made a HUGE error. I rabbeted the wrong side of the top! I had checked and re-checked before cutting it but somehow STILL ended up getting the wrong end. So now I have a rabbet joint along the front edge of the top panel. My thinking on how to hide th...

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Part 13: Getting Back At It...

04-03-2015 02:28 AM by Airframer | 3 comments »

Aside from this being the second longest build on LJ’s next to Stef’s workbench build, I have finally started back to work on this cabinet. We last left off with me finding out that I need to learn front from back. The rabbets cut for the back were actually done on the front of the top and bottom panels. After a year and a half of pretending the problem would fix it’s self I finally ripped the offending section off and glued up a new strip of wood. Cut a couple new dov...

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Part 14: Cabinet Doors #1

04-04-2015 01:45 AM by Airframer | 7 comments »

Welp, today I got started on the doors for the cabinet. First though while the wife and I were at our local dollar store I grabbed a couple sheets of foam project panels to use as a layout planner for the interior spaces. This will help to show how the cabinet is divided up better I think. The front is for an assortment of tools.. And behind the interior wall is the saw till accessed by the small tambour doors on either side of the case.. If my measuring is correct I should...

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Part 15: Saw Till and Tambours Oh My!

04-07-2015 02:29 AM by Airframer | 3 comments »

I had to put on the breaks this morning just before I started working on the doors some more. I had the sudden and timely realization that in order to properly square up the doors with the case the case needs to be glued and stable. So in order to do that I needed to finish up the saw till which is attached to the back and middle dividing wall. First though.. going back a couple days.. I had another epiphany. I want the drawer fronts to fit flush inside the case. I know from experience...

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Part 16: Saw Till and Tambours Part Deux..

04-09-2015 01:33 AM by Airframer | 7 comments »

I made more progress on the saw till Yesterday. At this point I can call that done and waiting on doors to be installed. Today I got in there and was able to get one set of Tambour channels “mostly” done. I say mostly because there is still about half of the channel length left to be fabricated as I scratch my head as to how best to route the 2 doors over each other inside the case if both are open at the same time. Here is a teaser shot of that actio...

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Part 17: Saw Till and Tambours #3...

04-11-2015 01:29 AM by Airframer | 5 comments »

A lot has happened since the last update just nothing that looks like much of anything has been done lol. I hate that kind of progress but it must be made to move forward. Yesterday I was able to finish up cutting and fitting the track for the doors to ride in. Something that should be done before one of the panels is immovable… yeah.. that got a bit tricky but with the help of some brass stock and some juice cans I got it all glued up successfully. After tha...

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Part 18: Saw Till and Tambours Finally Finished!

04-13-2015 03:00 AM by Airframer | 8 comments »

We had some nice weather today so the shop door was opened and sanding and finishing of the second door commenced. Once that was done they both got a good waxing along with the channels. Then the back was glued in place and with some accidental interior squeeze out issues cleaned up I now have a functional saw till with two tambour access doors. So easy a toddler can use ‘em lol. He spent the next 10 minutes opening and closing them. He even moved his saw into the ...

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Part 19: Starting On The Box Doors.. Plus Bonus Dovetail Tool Mod

04-23-2015 02:58 AM by Airframer | 7 comments »

This week has been all about getting the door frames dovetailed together for the box style front doors on this cabinet. This was a nice task to finally finish as it gives me a final dimension for the cabinet to see and start planning the base for. More on that to come but first the doors.. A couple weeks ago while finishing up the tambours I went ahead and ripped and cut to length the wall panels for the doors. So with those sitting around already all that was left was to get ...

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Part 20: Doors Complete and Hung!

06-08-2015 03:06 AM by Airframer | 16 comments »

I really had thought I had updated this blog since the last one… sorry about that. Since I last updated this I have completed the doors and got them installed on the cabinet. I also faced the cabinet with some sapele edge banding. I realize it covers the sliding dovetail ends but it really cleans up the inside faces of the cabinet very nicely and ties in the door fronts with the inside. Not a whole lot to say about the process that you can’t make out in the pics so I’...

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Part 21: Starting on the drawers..

06-10-2015 02:08 AM by Airframer | 12 comments »

Today was a day of first for me. I have never made a drawer and I have never cut half blind dovetails before today. All in all it was a good day. So good in fact that I had to make myself walk away from the shop while things were going good before I got to excited and f’d something away lol. The day started with dimensioning all the drawer fronts. Earlier in the build I had traced the openings onto some paper backed foam from the .99 store and numbered each drawer to help simplif...

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Part 22: Drawers Part 2.. Mostly done.

06-15-2015 02:12 AM by Airframer | 8 comments »

This weekend was fairly productive. Saturday morning I set out to get the rest of the drawers dovetailed and bottoms cut. It was a good plan but Murphy had other plans for me that day. I was able to get most of the sides cut and grooved when I ran out of 1/2” poplar with one side left to cut and 3 backs needed. Luckily I have plenty of 3/4” poplar cut offs laying around that all was needed was to thickness one of them and cut the rest of what I needed. That went well un...

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Part 23: Making Trim for the Drawers...

06-19-2015 02:33 AM by Airframer | 10 comments »

I took some time today to experiment with making some trim for the drawers. All in all I’d call it an unqualified success. I started out with maple but the figured grain was not wanting to cooperate with my #45 at all (or the other way around.. not sure) so I decided to see how Sapele would look on them. First task was to shape the trim. I went with a simple 3 bead design made by using a beading blade that was 1/3 the size of the trim. The first and second cuts were perched rig...

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