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Blog series by RoadHogg updated 07-30-2014 02:35 PM 11 parts 18426 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Rough Cutting Parts

04-22-2014 06:45 PM by RoadHogg | 2 comments »

I decided to build, what I think is, a nice jewelry case for my Niece’s birthday this summer. The case is Walnut with Bird’s Eye Maple for drawers and accents. There are some secondary 1/8” panels that will be either Baltic Birch or hardboard. Plans are from an older issue of Wood magazine. Here’s what it should look like when complete: Yesterday I cut everything but the hardboard to rough size. Then I dadoed out 10 tiny rails and stiles for half lap ...

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Part 2: Drawer Pulls

04-30-2014 07:56 PM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

The six little drawers have maple fronts with walnut pulls. The pulls are actually a walnut front with an oval routed out of the center. The oval is routed first from the back with a 1/2” bit, then from the front with a 1/4” bit. That makes a nice little finger grab pull. I had to create a template for this oval.

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Part 3: Rip Panels and Rabbet Insides

05-11-2014 05:29 AM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

I got a little time to work on the jewelry case this week so I ripped some of the little panels to proper width then I ran a rabbet around the inside of each one. Three will get glass inserts, one will get a mirror and one will get a walnut panel. The rabbets are 1/4” x 1/4”. I then squared the corners with a chisel. Off they go to the glass shop.

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Part 4: Glass Cutting

06-17-2014 11:24 PM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

I decided to not send the little panels to the glass shop to have glass cut and I’m really glad I made that choice. Instead, I bought a $8.00 glass cutting tool and cut the glass I need from some broken window glass that was laying in the back yard. Basic glass cutting is really easy so if you haven’t tried it, you really should. I learned everything I needed from youtube. So, not much to show and tell, just, I cut the glass and installed it in the little frames…well, I ...

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Part 5: Top and Base and Trim

06-17-2014 11:36 PM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

In between working on a larger project, I’ve been fitting in a few minutes (hours) to fiddle with this jewelry case. Today I cut the top and bottom to size, ran rabets and dados, milled some trim on my router table and mitered the trim to fit. This included making up a simple miter jig for the table saw. Once complete, the jig is an excellent way to get perfect miters every time. It’ll come in handy when making picture frames etc too. To make the stopped dados in the top an...

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Part 6: Tiny Drawers, Tiny Rabbets, Tiny Dados!

06-20-2014 08:40 PM by RoadHogg | 1 comment »

Continuing with the tiny drawers, of which there are six, I constructed a little “cabinet” for them to sit in. They basically just sit on little shelves, negating the need for slides etc, which in this case, are not at all practical due to the size of this case. Nothing rocket science here, just fiddling with 12 little drawer fronts/backs and 12 little drawer sides. All 24 pieces got a small rabbet in the bottom edge and the sides each got rabbets in the ends where they will m...

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Part 7: Tiny Drawers and BLO to Finish

06-24-2014 02:34 AM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

I wasn’t intending to start applying finish just yet but once I started with the Boiled Linseed Oil, I couldn’t stop. The Walnut just came alive in that beautiful rich tone that I just love. I had been assembling the small drawers and I needed to glue the walnut fronts to the maple drawer boxes. I knew I needed to apply finish to the maple before installing the fronts otherwise getting any finish in there would be almost impossible. I went ahead and applied BLO to the little d...

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Part 8: Glass and Mirrors

06-25-2014 10:40 PM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

Among the new skills I’ve learned in this project, I learned the basics behind cutting glass. This project has two glass panel doors, one glass panel side and two mirrors, set into frames. To my surprise and delight, cutting glass is really quite easy. I won’t go into that detail here but suffice to say if you are thinking about cutting your own glass, do it! Once I cut all the glass and mirrors, I epoxied them into the frames. The mirrors were easy as the backs aren’...

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Part 9: Assembly and Hinges

06-27-2014 02:59 AM by RoadHogg | 2 comments »

Today I began assembly. Everything went really well. One small error I had to fix, Once the glue was dry, I noticed the little drawers were slightly proud of the side panel. This would prevent the door from closing. I just took out each drawer and sanded a bit off the face. They fit fine now. I had to chisel out eight tiny hinge mortises. I’ve also never done those before. They turned out quite nice. I only have to do a final fit on the doors and screw them into place then ...

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Part 10: Installing Doors, Final Sanding, Applying Finish

07-01-2014 01:44 AM by RoadHogg | 2 comments »

I’m so close to finishing this little project. I looked back at the date on the beginning of this blog series and it’s nearly 70 days ago! Today I fussed with the little doors, getting them aligned as best as I can. There must be some trick to this that I’m missing, if anyone knows, please let me know! I had applied a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil a while ago so once the assembly was complete, I sanded everything to 360 grit. The fine sanding dust mixed with the BLO m...

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Part 11: Finished

07-30-2014 02:35 PM by RoadHogg | 0 comments »

There’s not much more to say than, I’m done! This little project took me a long time but I enjoyed every minute of the build, well, except the hinge installation part, I hated that! It finished well and cleaned up nicely. I learned a lot along the way, one thing I learned is that I love working with Walnut…I’ll be looking for more Walnut projects in the future. Here are some pictures.

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