Stepback Cupboard in Pine #11: Top is done, case assembled

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-10-2018 03:07 PM 598 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Catching up, part 2,making a top panel Part 11 of Stepback Cupboard in Pine series Part 12: Build-a-drawer, 101 »

Worked in two separate sessions yesterday….had a morning “shift”, a trip to get a CT Scan on the head, then when we got back home, an evening shift….
Morning stuff:
Top was removed from the clamps, set aside for a while. Ripped a few 1×1s from the leftovers…needed to build out the drawer runners, for the drawer to slide on….also needed guides to keep the drawer centered in the opening…

A bead of glue and a screw. Both are attached to the webframe, not the side of the case. Marked some lines on the corner blocks..

So I could drill a slotted hole to attach the top with…Drill was used to make a through hole first..

Once the bit was through, and still spinning, I rocked the drill back and forth, to make a slot..

This allows the top to move with the seasons, the screw will simply slide in the slot…about this time, needed to go get the CT Scan done….along the way, noticed a new Amish area…with a new saw mill running..

They saw logs down into the lumber they need for their pallet business….though, some logs were a tad too large for their saw blade..

Saw what they could, then hand split it apart. Ok, got scanned, Boss had errands to do…get back home, despite the idiots on the roads…took a break to settle in, then decide the shop was a nice, quiet place to hide out in..

Top’s ends needed squared, set up the saw guide and got out the “panel saw”..

Just an old Skil saw..

Block plane to dress the glue joints down a bit..

Then a smooth plane to level the playing fields…

Finally, with the top sitting on the bench, good side down, I hauled to the case over, and centered it onto the top

There was less than 2” between the feet of the case, and the overhead light ( yep, hit it a few times..)

A screw was added, centered in each slot. Top has an overhang of 5/8” on each end. Used a combo square to set that, before the screws. Then sat the case back onto the floor….had some “drawing” to do..

I used a 1/2 pint can to rough sketch a radius on one corner…then set the compass and marked both corners on the front edge of the top. Got out another “vintage” saw..

Hands have trouble holding coping saws. Made the cuts, then sanded them to remove the saw marks..

Then set up the router with a small cove bit…..

You can see the can in the background. Ran the router along the ends, and across the front of the top..

Didn’t even have any burn marks! sanded things to soften the sharp edges…and set the case aside..

I think that will do. Still need to make a dozen or so plugs to fill screw holes with….but the next item in this build will be to make the drawer. Plan is for through dovetails…this time around. easier to do, and seems to hold up better in Pine drawers. Maybe I can then get a start on the bookcase half of the cupboard build?

Stay tuned….Drawer building 101 may be later, today….

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