Stepback Cupboard in Pine #6: plywood day..meh

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-03-2018 02:11 AM 814 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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House sitting and Puppy sitting today and tomorrow…and trying to get a little shop time in…
Hauled two plywood panels to the shop…one for shelf panels, and one for the back of the case..thinking that would be it, for the day…not. had trouble marking the one panel for the size of the shelf….a sign of things to come..

Thought I could use either the 6” Skil saw, or the cordless one…..could not get past the case to get either..decided to use a handsaw, again….just 1/4” plywood, anyway. Got one shelf panel cut, bandsaw to trim for length. and was moving things around to cut the second panel….CRASH! Saw fell off the panel and onto the floor..handle first, of course..

Hate when that happens. Went upstairs, and got the Aldi’s Tool Box saw and used that

Might have been better to use on plywood, anyway….I also cut the back for the case with it. Dry fit the back..

Cleared off two benches. Time to install the shelf panels…stood the case up on the main bench, needed a plywood panel to bridge the tool well.

Worked on the bottom shelf first, then the other shelf. A bead of glue onto the frame, moosh the panel into it, and then nail it down.

Along the sides wasn’t too bad, cramped for the fingers, but no bounce. The front and back edges needed something to help with the nailing..

I’d start a nail, then hold this 32 oz ball pean hammer underneath the spot, and drive the nail home.

Have a small “riveting hammer” that I use for small nails. The pliers help in places where I can’t hold the nail with my fingers. Got both shelves done. Now, about that second “bench” I needed cleared off?

I keep this for when items are too big or too long for the Main Bench…like when I lay a case down to install the back..

Low bridge? tried to pull things square,....

Almost…Marked where the frames are with a little mark on the side of the case, kind of hard to see through plywood. Then a bead of glue on anything the back panel would touch, except me. Got the one side set to where it should be, and added screws down that side of the case, missing the frames, added a clamp or two, to pull the far side a bit tighter to the near side. Pull things back into square, and added a screw to hold it there. made lines across where the centers of the frames SHOULD be, and added more screws..

Both at the top, and the middletwo, and..

The bottom frame. Moved things around to get this thing OFF my bench..

And back onto it’s own four feet. added a clamp across the front. One dovetail was a tad loose. Laid out the corner blocks..

These will get mitered on the ends, glued and screwed in the corners onto the frame. A slotted hole to attach the top with a screw will be added. First, I have to get this thing moved to where I can get TO the mitre saw…

Laid out most of the parts for the face frame onto the cleaned off bench..

Still have to mill a wider rail for the top of the frame….I also have to reset a plane..

As I have a few jobs for it to do…Stay tuned, maybe tomorrow, I might actually get something done?

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

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 04:41 PM

I’m enjoying the journey here!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 12:26 AM

Coming along nicely

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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