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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #6: Final Door Assembly and Mounting

09-06-2021 03:36 PM by Ron Stewart | 1 comment »

Few parts of this project went smoothly, and the final door assembly was no exception. It started well enough. Attaching the outer trim wasn’t too bad because I had pre-drilled all of the dowel holes and pre-cut the mitered corners. I just tried to use as little glue as possible (to avoid squeeze out on the finished surfaces) and use a light touch on the clamps. When I started test fitting the final set of tiles into the now almost-completed doors, I discovered that three of the t...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #5: (Adventures in) Finishing

09-06-2021 03:30 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

My wife wanted a light/whitish finish for the cabinet. Maple is pretty light toned, so my first thought was to use a clear water-based poly finish. When I made the cabinet top, I also made a small test piece. I applied two coats of General Finishes’ High Performance Water Based Polyurethane (flat sheen) to it, and that’s when we ran into our first big problem. In the unfinished sample piece, the solid maple was lighter and brighter than the plywood, which had a darker, pinkish cas...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #4: Door Construction

09-05-2021 10:54 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

The doors are 3/4” maple plywood slabs with 1/2” wide solid maple trim and inlaid tiles and accent strips. They were by far the most difficult part of the project, mainly because they required a lot of careful routing for the inlays. Finishing concerns added to the complexity. I wanted to paint the trim and accent strips before assembly and attach them after applying finish to the slabs. That meant I needed to be very careful with clamping (to avoid marring the paint or finish) an...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #3: Case Construction

09-05-2021 09:45 PM by Ron Stewart | 4 comments »

The case is a basic face frame cabinet. I used pocket screws to build the face frame and dowels to attach the frame to the case. To conserve material, I built a ladder brace to serve as the case’s inner top from plywood. I used my JessEm doweling jig a lot on this project. I used dowels to attach the case sides to the ladder brace and fixed bottom shelf. I also used it to drill the shelf pin holes in the sides. The jig’s indexing pin makes it easy to drill...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #2: Materials

09-05-2021 09:36 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

I had originally planned to build the entire cabinet from solid maple, but high lumber prices (soft maple is $7.50 per board foot at my favorite supplier) pushed me to use plywood for the case and doors and solid maple for the face frame and trim. I was also a little worried about warping and expansion problems with using solid maple for the slab doors. In the end, the plywood probably caused as many problems as it solved. For starters, it was very difficult to find in my area. I had to...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #1: Introduction

09-05-2021 09:23 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

This series of posts documents the design and construction of a storage cabinet I built to hold my wife's sewing machine and related accessories and supplies. It’s made of 3/4” maple plywood with solid maple trim. Each door is a plywood slab with two inlaid metal tiles, maple ‘X’ accent inlay strips, and maple trim. The metal tiles are the focal point of the cabinet. We bought them about 16 years ago, and we’ve always loved them. We used them for a wall art...

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Office Cabinet #13: An Interesting Top

07-23-2021 08:15 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

My woodworking often slows in the summer. It is time for outdoor activities and fun in the sun. But I was able to work on the construction of the top for my little cabinet. Continuing my objective to eliminate end grain on the showing faces of my cabinet (except for the ends of the dovetails), I am making a top with a mitered and clamped bracket around the showing sides. I based it on the Roy Underhill's German school master's standing desk. The ends will be blind mortise and tenon cla...

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Office Cabinet #12: Whew... Hanging the Doors

06-01-2021 06:04 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I was really sweating the door hanging process. I have never hung doors that are inset. The other cabinet doors that I have made were overlay type of doors with adjustable hinges. I really took my time on this part of the project. There are two very good Youtube videos from Paul Sellers and I pretty much followed that process with a couple exceptions. I used the router plane to finish off the hinge mortise. I found that this was more precise and gave me a cleaner mortise and I was abl...

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Office Cabinet #9: Doors and Design

05-11-2021 03:17 PM by Tom | 10 comments »

I have entered a sensitive period in my cabinet build. This is the first time that I am making inset doors with hand tools. My previous door builds were very basic, overlay style doors with flat plywood panels. Those were rather forgiving. The inset doors will need to be carefully dimensioned and they will need to be flat, square and true. So I am working through the process with selecting the stock, sizing the doors, trying the joinery and deciding on the panel design. I go t...

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Office Cabinet #7: Face Frame: The fix is in...

04-13-2021 03:18 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I finally made the face frame this past weekend. It went very well and quite similar to the back panel frame, except without the groove. The main challenge for me was the layout. I don’t often work to exact dimensions or drawings when I build a project. My case is about 36” tall and 32” wide, but that is not exact, mostly because my initial dimensioning is focused more on getting square and true stock than it is on working to exact dimensions from a drawing. Once the ...

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