Stepback Cupboard in Pine #1: A start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-22-2018 02:36 AM 910 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Stepback Cupboard in Pine series Part 2: Second Panel done, and a clean up.. »

Ok, seems I did so well making the last one out of Ash…now my Daughter wants one….and, since she usually PAINTS ( grrrrrr) her furniture items…..hers will get made from Pine….then I’ll hand her a brush….

There was a few design changes, as well…..the raised panel door on the lower cabinet? No longer there, open shelves (2) with a face frame around them. I still get to build the two drawers, though. upper cabinet will stay the same…..for now. Open shelves are to get a pair of bins that she will supply….the drawer will also house two wire baskets. Meh….Because of the taller bins, I had to raise the height of the unit. Instead of 35” plus the top, it is now 40” plus the top.

The twos shelves for the bins: Was going to be plywood like before….budget wasn’t there for it….so…a webframe will get made, a 1/4” thick plywood face will sit on the frame, for the bins to slide in on.

Everything clear as mud? Well, went shopping for lumber…needed four planks @ 1×6 x8’, needed a 1×8 x8’, six 1×2 x 8’ and a pair of 1/4” x 2’ x 4’ plywood panels.

Roh-Kay, Raggie…..

The 1×8 and a herd of 1×2s….1×8 will get cut into three parts 26” long….top of the case. 1×2s are for webframes, saving the pick of the litter for face frames… sheet was nice, like this…the other not so nice….will see where they will look the best at…drawer bottom, shelves, back of the case?
Of the four 1×6s..three will be glued up into two 3/4×16-3/8” x 40” panels, for the sides of the case….the fourth?

Will use the best of this stuff for a drawer front..the rest I’ll set aside..for later. Plan is to complete the lovwer case first, get it done before the bookcase can start.

Hauled three 1×6s to the shop….wasn’t easy taking an 8’ long plank to the shop..

That header down there is aptly named…hits me about shoulder high….

I’d bring down one board at a time, use these tools to make two blanks 40” long. I save the leftover for drawers sides..

Once all three boards were cut, and stacked, I clamped them flat to sit over night. Hung up the apron..

Well after running a bunch of errands today, managed to get a little shoptime in. Put on the apron, unstack and sort the six planks…find three that looked good with each other….one had a large knot at one end…made that the center of the panel. When I cut out the foot profile,, the knot will get cut out too. Had one board that needed jointed….was a bit curved on one edge…

Clamped into the Crochet and leg vise…used a plane to joint the edge..

Boards this long seem to need a long plane..

Stanley #8…..finally got all the edges to where they would sit together..without falling over..

No glue, no clamps. Moved things a bit, to allow clamps to be used. Spread a bead of glue along one edge, grab the next blank, sit it into the glue, moosh it back and forth until it “sticks”, and repeat for the third….was able to sit there, without clamps..

But…added them anyway..

4 clamps and two cauls..

Thanks to the floor having a chance of water going across it, I’ll leave this sit here, overnight, rather than sit in on the floor. Sorted the other three blanks…found this mess..

Guess this will be the center board. Again. Stay tuned, once I get both panels glued up, I can start on webframes. Thinking I’ll use a sliding dovetail to connect things together….once the frames are made…might be…FUN? Stay tuned, the cussing has yet to start…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 02:45 AM

Looks like a great start. Perhaps you can convince her to skip the paint.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 03:49 AM

Good start, Bandit. Yes, do talk her out of paint. That piece with the branch inclusions is awesome!

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 03:56 PM

Cant wait to see this come together! Nice set of tools you have!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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