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Building a brace till #10: Back and cleat, hanging it up

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-21-2020 08:32 PM 478 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First order of business today was putting the back on the carcass. This involved cutting plywood, so I got out the saw horses and circular saw. Three cuts to get the 1/4” maple plywood to size (or between 1/16 and 1/8 oversized, I’m not accurate enough with a circular saw to cut any closer than that), then glue onto the carcass and screw the plywood in place.

I set some scrap wood on the ply to push it down onto the horizontals in the carcass while the glue set. They don’t provide a lot of structural strength, but by gluing them to the back, they’ll be supported by it a little. And then when I put on the cleat and spacers on the bottom, those will be screwed into two of the three horizontals, stiffening and strengthening the case even more. Will I need all that strength? Probably not, but I’ve never been disappointed overbuilding shop furniture, and when I’ve built it without thinking about future overloading, I’ve had problems, so best to overdo it now.

With the back on, it’s time to trim the three oversized sides down to flush with the carcass. I use a jack plane for that, and set heavy, it didn’t take many passes before the back was trimmed down and smoothed to match the sides.

You get funny looking shavings trimming the edge of plywood this way, but it gets the job done quickly, and actually leaves a pretty good edge.

With the back trimmed to size, it was time to install the cleat. The cleat is behind the rack that holds the braces, and is glued to the back, and screwed into the vertical sides of the carcass and into the rack. The two spacers that are the same thickness as the cleat (so the case will hang level on the wall) are screwed into the sides and the shelf between the two rows of drawers.

That done, it was time to hang the case on the wall and start filling it up. I still have one or two braces I haven’t unpacked yet, plus a couple eggbeater drills to hang up. And I need to build the seven drawers to hold various bits. Spoon bits are in the upper left, with two sets of bits below, a modern Jennings pattern set, and an older Irwin pattern set. Plus there’s at least one tool roll of bits somewhere, and miscellany like the hollow auger (in the 14” sweep brace on the right) and the tapered reamer in the 8” sweep to the left of it. I’ll start pondering drawer materials tomorrow, I guess.

I also will need to get a coat of oil on the back, and a couple coats of shellac on everything, plus ponder the doors one of these days, but it’s done enough for now, I think, and I can take my time building drawers.

Oh, I also widened the rightmost slot in the rack. My 14” sweep brace has a thicker handle than all the others, so it needs a wider slot. A planemaker’s float and a cheap rasp did the job pretty quickly.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Turns4wood

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#1 posted 05-21-2020 11:49 PM

Looks like it will get the job done

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor

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#2 posted 05-22-2020 12:04 AM

Nice cabinet Dave!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 05-22-2020 02:40 AM

Thanks, Jerry & Duck. Drawers and doors to go, but it’s got a bunch of stuff off my bench already, and that was the primary goal. I think I’m going to see if I can resaw that piece of elm in half so I can do two rows of book-matched drawer fronts. I’m wondering if I want to do something wild like folding doors that won’t be in my way when they’re open.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-22-2020 02:14 PM

This cabinet looks good with the tools in it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 05-22-2020 02:52 PM

Is a small forge the next addition to the shop so you can make your own nails?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 05-22-2020 03:00 PM

We never have enough storage for tools, it is hard to enlarge a shop by the inside.

-- Luc, Gatineau Quebec

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#7 posted 05-22-2020 06:07 PM

Thanks, Tom. I thought so too. Though my first thought was “Aiigh! What if I didn’t build it big enough?”

Probably not, Earl. This one is full of Robertson #2 head 6×1.5” pan-head wood screws. Bought a box of a thousand or so on eBay for the same price 100 would cost at my local hardware store, and I’ll probably be using them for a good long time.

Agreed, Luc. Maybe it could be done if I could find my board-stretcher, but that got lost at some point. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-23-2020 12:08 PM

Nicely done Dave. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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#9 posted 05-23-2020 12:59 PM

Thanks. Not done yet, but drawers and doors will be less of a hurry, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 05-23-2020 07:37 PM

Hi Dave, I’m back again, reviewing posts, and this time I was wondering if you intend to add doors to the cabinet?
Tom

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 05-23-2020 09:01 PM

Drawers first, Tom. Then doors. I may do bifold doors with piano hinges do they can swing completely out of the way next to the cabinet, or I might do something else. Still working on figuring that part out.

But first, I have a 5’ x 7” x 5/4 piece of elm I’m going to resaw into two roughly half-inch finished boards for drawer fronts. I’ll use one half for the top row, and the other for the bottom so the drawers are book matched and continuous grain across the front.

Once those are done, I’ll get to work on the doors. Unless there are demands to get the bookcases that are next on my list started. Could be the doors will get postponed a while.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 05-24-2020 09:59 PM

Well done Dave. that’s a fitting home for your lovely braces.

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

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#13 posted 05-24-2020 10:49 PM

Thanks, Andy. The thing that surprised me is that I will fill about half the drawers with bits, and I’m still missing a few I need (I have three 5/8 bits, for example, but they all have softwood lead screws, and will split walnut if I forget and don’t drill a pilot hole).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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