Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #15: Been a while

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 11-19-2014 03:20 AM 3525 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First let me just say this.

It’s been far too long since I have played on this forum and that has mostly been because of the alternative priorities this year decieded to set in front of me. But my tools waited for me patiently to return. Now that I have a camera again, I though it would be a great time to share my current project in progress.

It comes from one of my favorite vintage woodworking books. This book is a real gem, perhaps it’s because I am a farmer, but each time I pick this book up I see something useful that I want to build.

The only thing was, I just could not bring myself the nail the thing together. Don’t ask me why, I love nails (cut ones at least). It just seemed like a chance to make a really bomb proof assembly. So I dovetailed the top corner, used a housed tenon (Is that right? My brain is numb) for the lowest shelf and I am using tapered sliding DT’s for the bottom three shelves. I cannot get this thing to rack, even on a dry fit it’s solid.

When I cut the next ones I plan on sharing some layout tips on how to cut this joint without the specialty plane but for now, that’s about all I have to say. Hope this finds you well. It’s nice to be back here.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 11-19-2014 03:34 AM

Welcome back Ryan.

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#2 posted 11-19-2014 04:10 AM

Cool joinery, and welcome back!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#3 posted 11-19-2014 04:43 AM

Top shelf stuff, can’t wait to see more. You’re an inspiration!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 11-19-2014 08:41 AM

Missed you man. Hope your schedule allow you some quality time to work some wood now. I like it so far buddy and am eager to see more.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-19-2014 02:39 PM

Good to hear from you Ryan; welcome back.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 11-19-2014 02:41 PM

good to see you around again.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 11-19-2014 03:53 PM

Impressive joinery, as usual!
Glad you have shop time again. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 12:50 AM

Welcome back. Work/Play safe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 01:48 PM

Thanks guys, it’s good to be back here. I have got a few things done this year. For instance I finally made on of these…

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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