Apothecary Cabinet.. #1: Where have I been?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-04-2010 11:07 PM 4282 reads 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have been busy with a new project that was commissioned a few years ago… I have been putting it off because of the sheer immensity of the project…even though it is small in size the amount of production work is daunting…

The new project is a 35 drawer Apothecary Cabinet... I am thinking that the main carcass will be New Guinea Rosewood.. as will the drawer fronts…. the sides and backs of the drawers will be Hoop Pine....

To give you and idea I have taken photos of some of the various processes…

To start the lumber was ripped to size and then resawn on the bandsaw ….then off to the thicknesser to mill it to correct thickness… the result was nearly 4 metres of NGR and over 10 metres of HP.... 72 mm by 10 mm… this is just for the drawers… not including cutting 35 small pieces of ply for the bottoms…Notice I am using the Magswitch Bandsaw Ripping Fence... nice piece of kit.. works extremely well.

The lengths were then cut to 100 mm using the table saw and the Mitre Express by Incra... with a Magswitch 30 mm Jig acting as a stop… [see pic…]
Here is a shot of the components for the drawers.

Once all 140 pieces were cut to size it was off to the Router and the Leigh D4R dovetail jig with the fingerjoint template…

I also have the VRS vacuum system attached..

Here is a close up of the drawer part being routered.Now all the fronts and backs are routered with the template in one position and then the template is moved sideways for the sides to be routered.

Once the Leigh has been set up… the ease and simplicity of use is outstanding…

Clamp, route, unclamp, rotate, clamp, route, unclamp. Repeat 140 times..

So far this project has 4 hours invested…
Dry fit of first drawer box…

Next step is routing grooves along the bottom of each and every piece to accept the ply base…This will be accomplished safely on the router table…. on the side pieces this groove will be stopped.. so as not to cut through the edges and have a hole in the facefront…

Stops have been set on the router table fence…

More next episode..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 11:15 PM

don’t you just love repetitive processes??? and I am sure that in the end you will find a way to make it into a cutting board or lazy larry!

Oh! Oh! the front of each drawer can have a pattern that will make the whole front look like britboxmaper impossible II!!! what a great idea! go for it!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 11:20 PM

The apothecary cabinet is a project I admire, yet am not ready to tackle.
I am going to follow this and see how you do it. (like cheating) LOL
So far looks so good.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 11:35 PM

This should be a walk in the outback mate…lol enjoy and stay hydrated…BC

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 11:45 PM

Wow, really neat project Larry, can’t wait to see the completion…......
Is the design I see on the table going to be on the front of the cabinet? or each drawer?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 11:51 PM

Wow all those drawer what a big job. Look forward to the rest of the project. Good job Larry.

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 12:08 AM

Oh boy, it is going to be a beauty. It is a huge job with all those pieces. I look forward to seeing the assembly and finished project.

Is that a future Lazy Larry plan in the last pic?

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 12:23 AM

Repetition is dull but it can sure speed up an otherwise sloooow process if done individually. It also insures accuracy. Lookin forward to the progress photos.

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 12:35 AM

uuhh I hade work like that its remind me of working
in a fabric 8 hours a day 5 days a week just making the same little movement
just hade it

the paper under the drawer is that the pattern for the next cuttingboard or Lazy-Larry :-)

looking forward to the next installment
untill then
take care

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 12:37 AM

Looks like the toy workshop. We are making 110 of each toy we make.

Lots of repeat cuts and it feels so good when you are done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 12:46 AM

Last pic is just a teaser… I am going to attempt it… as a Lazy Larry Exclusive…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 02:25 AM

this looks like it will be fun to watch the progress of
stay tuned for the next instalment

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 02:28 AM

looks like a big job, but we know you can handle it Larry.

-- Smitty!!!

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#13 posted 08-05-2010 02:39 AM

Very interesting….... Will they be able to cut anything on it? where will the salt and pepper and napkins go? will it turn? Larry what are you doing…... This doesn’t look like a cutting board at all…..

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#14 posted 08-05-2010 02:40 AM

BTW nice tools.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#15 posted 08-05-2010 02:44 AM

I am anxious on both your 35 drawers cabinet and the teaser

for the cabinet … Could it be okay to use 1/4” or around 6 mm (yours is 10mm) to have more rooms in the drawer but I worry with how the slides will be fitted?

for the teaser that is a nice idea. What about this object below? How will it be constructe in a 3 dimensional object? I am trying to figure out so that I can make one. Thank for your help.


-- Bert

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