Woodworking projects under way. #6: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet stand still

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-20-2011 08:04 PM 1373 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been running myself too hard and too fast all week. Last night it caught up with me…

I got home with a splitting headache, and no desire to do anything but lay down and rest my tormented eyes for a couple of minutes. After LOML figures out I am feeling lousy, she lets me just lay down, gives me a cool damp cloth to cover my eyes, and just lays down with me to talk…

That was at 5:30 P.M.

Next thing I know, it’s 10:00…

And I’m hungry… Of course it is too late to fire up the table saw, so I am at a stand still for the night. At least I got the depth, fence distance, and angle set for the bevel cuts for the french cleats on the cabinet last night.

I also realized I went ahead and made a pointless modification . I screwed the back directly to the shelf. I didn’t notice the shelf support that was in the plan… So I need to pull those screws out, and install the shelf support… No biggie…

I still need to go to Home Depot and get my hinges. No biggie, I will get that this afternoon so I can finish this up this weekend…

I skipped the pre-finishing step. Oops… I wonder how Danish Oil looks on hardboard peg-board…

I am actually getting somewhat stoked about getting this done. The closer it gets, the closer to reality that improvement in organization gets.

I really did want to do locking rabbets with this, but that isn’t what the plan called for. Chances are more than good that I will deviate just that much from the plan on the next one, and go with the locking rabbets. I honestly want the practice. Will most likely avoid using screws on the next one, and opting for those locking rabbets, glue, and finish nails instead…

I could get frustrated by the mistakes I have made in this cabinet, OR I could have just as easily cut a thin strip of pine to fill the gap from the bad dado, glued it up, trimmed and planed it smooth, but for the function this cabinet will serve, no need, AND it allows me a chance to learn from my mistakes…

As I move forward closer to finishing this one, I am already eager to get the next one done. With that, and the till completed my big peg board can come down. With that out of the way, the wall can get patched, and painted… The Strong Tie workbench bobbed down a hair, and space for the freezer to make LOML happy, and to further justify the sub panel. “But honey, we need a dedicated circuit in there for the freezer and water purifier system…”

I should get busy with all of this. I also realized I have another nephew that is graduating high school this month… Ugh… WHERE did the time go?!

Then there is the niece getting married, and another one graduating college next summer… I need a LOT more lumber to get this all done!

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 11:30 PM

Hear you about overdoing things. That happens mostly at work for me where I don’t have total control. At home, I have pretty good control. I learned the hard way to not push myself. My cardiovascular system rebels.

Yesterday afternoon, came home…...and mostly vegged out, did a little work on the minibench, mostly marking for hardware. This morning I was out in the shop before seven and got 3.5 hours in. Now I am going to go do some more work on it. Got interrupted by some errands and a trip to the hospital to discharge some folks.

Re the pegboard, my gut reaction would be to use wipe-on poly on it. Easy, look good, and stiffen it if anything. I am interested in what you do, since I will be looking at the same thing down the line a bit.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 02:16 AM

Well, gonna write a quick little blog about a fun brief episode in the shop…..........with chisels and a plane.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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