Apothecary Cabinet/Tea Chest #1: In the Beginning, There was Cherry

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 11-11-2007 12:23 AM 8717 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I drink a lot of tea. And I don’t like the bagged stuff, I like fresh tea, carefully brewed. Call me anal. Or picky, or what have you. So I buy a lot of tea from Upton Tea I buy it in these small tins. Now I’ve got a stack of these just sitting on the counter, so I figured something a little more organized….

I picked up the plans for the Apothecary Cabinet from plansnow, and downloaded the PDF. These seem pretty good, and I like the apothecary cabinet design, but they’re a bit too oversized for what I was planning, so I just kind of tossed out the design, other than the photo, and decided to work from there!

I had some cheap #1 Cherry so that was the base. I had spent some time playing around with resawing on some nice looking curly maple, and I figured those would make some nice drawer fronts. I ripped and xcut some 15” length pieces, to give myself some reasonably sized drawers to slip the tea tins in and out of. They’re a little more than 3×3x4”. Need some room for fingers too!

I decided on a dovetailed carcass, but kept the dadoed dividers of the original plans. I decided on the dovetails primarily to get a little more experience with my PC4212, as my last set was significantly imperfect. I’d also watched a Leigh jig demo at woodcraft, and picked up some useful tips on general dovetails.

Out come the tools!

Pins First!

The piece of wood on the right is there to give the dovetail template a little more stability so that the weight of the router doesn’t tip it over. Neat eh?

Then I set up the first tails cut fairly dead on.

Some Routing Later..

And Finally, after a bit of trial and error fitting…

A nice tight carcass.

Next Up, Dadoes and Dividers!

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 12:41 AM

Good show.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 03:58 AM

Nice. How do you like that jig?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 05:24 AM

Love seeing this come together! Can’t wait for more!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 05:08 PM

The jig is excellent. The leigh is more powerful, with the variable spacing, but the PC is really so simple to use. Fast too, when you do half blind in one pass.

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