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Office Cabinet #14: A bit of Patience and a Base

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Blog entry by Tom posted 08-15-2021 02:33 PM 586 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It continues to be slow progress, but still enjoyable. Partly because it is summer and full of other activities, but also to allow the doors to stabilize with the high humidity before the final fitting. The doors seem to be holding up well, even with the humid weather in NJ. Honestly, I was wondering if I allowed enough room for expansion with the raised panels. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I made the base which is a frame 1-1/2” thick. The front corners are full blind dovetails with a miter and the back corners are lap dovetails from the back side. A lot of dovetailing in the project. It turned out well enough, but it was really hard for me to get the mitering to look decent on the full blinds. Not perfect, but good enough down by the floor where it will be abused. The pictures show the process well enough. The only notable learning for me is that I found that I worked better to a sharp pencil line than a knife line for marking the dovetails in both these cases. Pins first for the full blinds…

Marking and cutting for the dovetail and miter sections…

Layout and cut the pins. I overcut to facilitate waste removal. The cuts will be on the inside of the joint where they won’t be seen under the cabinet…

Transfer the pins to mark and cut the tail…

Trim the miter with a chisel and shoulder plane…

Marking length for the lap dovetail on the back side…

Mark the length of the back piece off of the front piece. The back piece is 3/4” thick stock. I also cut a shollow step with the router plane to facilitate the marking transfer…

That pretty much completes the build. I will fashion an adjustable shelf on the inside and will attach the base with some cleats. The top will be attached with screws from the underside. Also, I will add a third hinge to the doors and plane the edges to have consistent gaps. Then some sanding and finishing. I will share a few more details in another entry and then post the finished project in a month or two. Thanks for reading.. :)

-- Tom



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