Machinist Toolbox #4: Bad Weather, Kitchen Bender

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 12-14-2010 04:56 AM 4001 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Carcass parts ready for some groovin' Part 4 of Machinist Toolbox series Part 5: Carcass Joinery »

It was pouring outside, and so grey, but somehow the train kept on going. I somewhat planned for this in advance, and made sure I cut all the parts in advance so that I can continue working later on on the joinery in a more flexible manner, and flexible I mean literally as the kitchen counter flexed as I chiseled away. Then again, I was able to get some progress done while being with the family and not isolated in the garage. My daughter sat next to me watching me carve the sockets out with interest (Ironically we watched ‘surfs up’ earlier the day where the main character was planing KOA timber into a surfboard) and helped me clear the chips, and mark the parts with the marking gauge so it was a win win situation

In essence I chiseled out the half lap hollows from the horizontal dividers rails to make 3 frames, 2 to hold the top 3 smallest drawers (one of them being the bottom of the top compartment), and 2 of them to hold the second tier of 2 drawers:

just to get a quick visualization (far from really getting any solid idea of what it’ll look like though) I put the frames in approximated place between the 2 sides:

I’ve actually miscalculated a couple of things:

1. milled all the horizontal dividers parts to 1/2” where in essence I needed them to be 3/8”, so today after the panels were glued up overnight, I ran them through the planer and thinned them down to 3/8” – easy as cake. to be honest, I didn’t know if they would survive, but decided to take the change – it worked well.

2. top divider sockets were cut too wide, I forget that that divider is supposed to be housed into the front and back rail. to fix it , I glued it offset as can be seen in the pictures.

Next, I want to get the top panel (lid cover) milled and glued up, and the back panel which I am leaning towards “cheating” and using 1/4” luan plywood which is redish in tone and although not mahogany can still match up somewhat, and since it’s the back, I might be ok with it. At that point I think I’ll be ready for the joinery, and dadoing, followed by assembly of the carcass which will be a major progress point in this project.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 09:59 AM

Looking really good.
Even I have made a mistake once, twice….. 19.235.839.986 times, and as long as we smile as we make them, life is a wonderful travel of learning. Don’t you have some cut offs you can glue in?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 11:24 AM

Enjoying the process


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 12:04 PM

”It was pouring outside, and so grey, but somehow the train kept on going.” I thought I was starting to read a bad novel… :)
We had the same weather here, sans the rain… I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a dark day, that wasn’t raining…
Good progress on this, Sharon, even with the “design modifications”... Keep that train chugging along!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 01:26 PM

Coming along nicely, Sharon, and in the kitchen too!
Stay warm… I don’t think we’ll see much warm weather here in New England for a while!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 02:22 PM

Making some serious progress Sharon. Working in the kitchen? Man you’re lucky.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 03:07 PM

Sharon, it all seems to me that it is going very well. I think that mistakes go along with the territory when it comes to woodworking. You have overcome the mistake and are on your way again. The series is great so keep up the good work. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 03:11 PM

Looking good, Sharon, nice half laps.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 12-14-2010 03:57 PM

This is looking good. It sure is fun when you are first able to cobble together some pieces to get an idea of what you are working toward.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 04:33 PM

I love the organized way your thought process works. Also getting your daughter involved in woodworking is great. I am exposing my 12 yr. old grandson to this art form and hope to pass on this passion to at least one of my grandchildren!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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