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Blog series by fatman51 updated 09-26-2015 12:13 AM 8 parts 11949 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Custom kitchen Bureau with drawers.

09-10-2015 11:06 AM by fatman51 | 7 comments »

Building for the wife. A project that started with my great great grandmother’s traditional sideboard. Though not particularly valuable, this maple buffet cabinet dates as far back as the civil war era. It was produced in a shop that probably sold a good number of them. The front and sides were well finished, the back, bottom, and inside of the cupboard were rather course in appearance. The cabinet was efficiently assembled and the construction did not rely on glue. I do not know w...

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Part 2: Ipe drawer glides for custom kitchen bureau.

09-14-2015 08:47 AM by fatman51 | 3 comments »

I had to edit this blog and change the title, because I did identify the wood I have as Ipe. Ipe or Brazilian walnut is a popular high end exterior decking lumber. Mine came from from Brazil and according to Wooddatabase.com ( http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/ipe/ ), Ipe was moved from the Tabebuia genus, listed as a spiecies of ironwood ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironwood ) to the Handroanthus genus, which is not on that list, in 2007. This is news to me, ...

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Part 3: Constructing drawers and breadboard no1

09-18-2015 06:06 PM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

I had a nice little cabinet, and some drawer glides milled out of an old chunk of exterior decking lumber, but no drawers and no bread board. Anxious to remedy this, I have been spending my evenings in my shop. My first job was to mill the back and side panels for the drawers out of forty year old reclaimed pine 1×12s. Then I picked out a piece of knotty pine for my front panels. I put some thought into what sort of joint I wanted to use for my drawers. On ordinary...

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Part 4: Constructing drawers and breadboard no 2

09-23-2015 01:53 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

Having constructed the shell and the drawers for my wife’s new kitchen bereau, I still needed to complete the breadboard. The sanding disc for the table saw will put on a glass smooth edge. I was careful to take very light passes so that I did not burn the edge instead. I decided that a pine front would not be strong enough for the breadboard, so I cut out a piece of maple. I might have used a sander or router for this, but I used a spokeshave, a hand plane, and a profile sc...

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Part 5: Quick and dirty spice rack with doors

09-23-2015 01:39 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

With the finish drying on her bureau, a process that was taking forever because I used from a can of Ace extra slow drying polyurethane on the top, My wife reminded me that she wanted the finish to be extra smooth with lots of coats so that she could roll out dough on the countertop, and that I needed put up the spice cabinet when I brought in her new bureau so that she could organize everything affected by the change all at once with minimal disruption to her kitchen. Unbeknownst to her, ...

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Part 6: Kitchen peg board for utensils.

09-24-2015 08:32 AM by fatman51 | 3 comments »

Right after she loaded all of her things into her new kitchen bureau, my wife was cleaning the sawdust off of her Jars of things that I had borrowed and putting them in her new spice rack. She glanced at the side of the refrigerator, which is just right of her new bureau, which sits between that and and her stove, and decided that she needed a utensil hanger there. What she described like a piece of plywood nailed to a 2x that extended out from the end of the cabinet where it came up agains...

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Part 7: Strip veneering kitchen cabinet doors.

09-25-2015 09:48 AM by fatman51 | 6 comments »

I wanted to take a picture of my wife’s new kitchen bureau, spice rack, and utensil hanger so that I colud post the finished work here on my blog. I wanted people to see what I was talking about. When she caught me taking pictures of her kitchen, however, my wife stopped me. She refused to let me post pictures that included the crummy cabinets above the counter. At the very least, she wanted to replace the forty five year old formica veneered cabinet doors. Wanting both to please my...

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Part 8: Quick knot inlay, because the basketballs got bounced

09-26-2015 12:13 AM by fatman51 | 4 comments »

When I was fixing the knot blowouts in yesterday’s project, “Strip veneering kitchen cabinet doors”, I wanted to finish quickly and I made the classic mistake of hurrying. I know better, “fast” should be way lower on a woodworker’s list than quality, and patience. My impatience resulted in these two ugly basketballs. I wanted to keep the knots, but I did two things wrong. I planed where I should have sanded and I did not keep the knots. When I went i...

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