Wall-mounted Console #9: Rounded 3rd and heading home

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 03-12-2019 11:28 PM 1301 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Been a busy couple of days for me, but I did get to finish up what really amounts to a box with two doors lol I have to say the box tested my skill and patience. If I ever say I’m going to make something with mitered corners and knife hinges, please talk me out of it :p

Ah really it was fun and challenging all at the same time. I learned a lot along the way, and in particular, I learned I need to write down every step before proceeding. I also learned that I should ask questions here on LJs before proceeding with something I haven’t done. Sure I look around the net for info, but sometimes, even though that info comes form a reliable source, it isn’t the best info.

The door/knife hinge installation is a prime example. I watched a video that was linked to on the Brusso site. And though it was fine, what I ended up doing, was a better course to take. I’m sure someone here on LJs could have given me advice on the pitfalls and how to go about it in a better way than video suggested.

The dimensions for these hinges are critical as there’s literally zero adjustment after the fact. The suggestion in the YT video is to make shims equal in thickness to the small washer that the hinges pivot about. They provide a space above and below the door between the carcass. That space is also to be referenced around all four sides of the door – in this situation, three sides. Then rough cut the door to size and then start to fit with the shims. Well when that dimension is roughly 1/16”, any deviation is magnified. What I found is it’s easier to rough size a story stick to just over what’s needed to fit then sneak up on the fit between the actual hinges and not the sides of the casework. Then, as long as your opening is square, use the dimension of the story stick to rough the door a little oversized and again sneak up on the fit. Difficult to explain, but much easier than the video IMO.

So after getting the final coats of Maloof on the outside and allowing it to cure for a few days, I worked on sanding the doors – to 2000 grit :) It’s pretty amazing. There’s no finish on the doors but they have a sheen equal to lacquer. The wood grain looks terrific and is unobscured. Not sure if I’m leaving them as is or adding some wax, but right now they look pretty darn good.

After the sanding is when I mortised for the hinges. I did it in this order knowing how critical the dimensioning is for these darn hinges. I don’t know if it was necessary, but I wasn’t taking any chances. Then I installed the touch latches. This is where I forgot to write something down – I forgot to pre-drill the holes for them before assembly. Doh! So you know when you buy a tool and really have no current need, but think at the time – I could maybe use this? Yeah I had one of those nice moments when I remembered I bought a small Dewalt right angle attachment with a hex shank that has a magnetized socket :)

After these were done the rest went seamlessly. I installed the doors. The only thing remaining is to hang it on the wall in the foyer sometime tomorrow.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 03-12-2019 11:51 PM

Dang Bill, that’s a primo piece buddy. Everything from design through finished product was well thought out and executed. I’d be proud to hang it in my foyer. The Zebrawood compliments the Walnut nicely. Not a combination I would have thought of but, that’s why your stuff is so much nicer than mine! ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 12:07 AM

That came out pretty darned nice, Bill, but you’ve got a big old gap between the two doors! Did you cut them too short? ;-)

Guess I’m going to have to look up the info on the monocoat. That looks pretty sharp.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 02:01 AM

Looks great. Forgive me, but reading that you missed pre-drilling makes me feel somewhat better for all the many (many!) times I jump a step ahead in a project. Nice to have the right tool to complete the job and the final project is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the steps and background. I find project descriptions like this so interesting and helpful in expanding my knowledge.

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 02:20 AM

Thank you Kenny. I had been sitting on the zebra wood for a while. Wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but once I settled on walnut for this I knew they would complement each other.

Dave the cat will probably fill the hole ;p He’s already eyed it a few times while I’ve been working on it. I didn’t use the Monocoat. I was going to use it on the doors, but since the sanding gave them such a nice luster I just left it out.

Thanks Barbara. I’ll tell ya’ I miss a lot if I don’t write it down and this time I forgot to write it down. Actually the blogging on projects somewhat helps me keep things sorted. Having that little Home Depot bargain bin drill attachment save me lol

I’ll post it up as a completed project once it hits the wall.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 03-17-2019 04:00 PM

Wonderful result! I like the doors too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 02:49 AM

Thank you Mike. I really value your opinion.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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