James Krenov Inspired Case

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Blog series by Guy Dunlap updated 04-27-2014 11:15 PM 8 parts 13847 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Making the Walnut Base

02-24-2014 03:11 AM by Guy Dunlap | 2 comments »

In this video, I start making a James Krenov inspired case. The pieces for the base came from a single piece of 8/4 walnut. I cut the parts and join everything with the Festool Domino and a few dowels.

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Part 2: Making the Case

03-02-2014 11:25 PM by Guy Dunlap | 1 comment »

This project is coming along! In this video, I start making the cabinet from hard maple from the base up. All the joinery for the cabinet is held together with dominos. I then route the back of the cabinet to accept the solid maple panel back. You can see the video here:

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Part 3: Making the Frame and Panel Back

03-09-2014 10:21 PM by Guy Dunlap | 2 comments »

After dry fitting the case together, I start making the frame and panel solid maple back. All the measurements are taken directly off the case.

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Part 4: Book Matched Walnut Doors

03-16-2014 10:28 PM by Guy Dunlap | 1 comment »

It’s time to make the doors! There is a lot of layout due to the complexity of the different sizes for the rails and stiles and the bridle joints. I then glue up the panels with the book matched crotch maple panels. It was a lot of work, but the end result is beautiful!

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Part 5: Knife Hinges and Case Assembly

03-23-2014 10:20 PM by Guy Dunlap | 12 comments »

In this video, I cut in the mortises for the knife hinges in the bottom and top of the case. Then perform the final glue up of the cabinet. I also make a very big mistake along the way can you guess what it is? If you have any questions, please let me know, as I would love to hear from you. Thanks for watching!

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Part 6: Hanging and Fitting the Doors

03-30-2014 10:40 PM by Guy Dunlap | 5 comments »

Well it’s time to finally hang the doors on the cabinet. I trim the door to fit opening, and cut the mortises in the bottom of the doors for the knife hinges. The mistake of not bringing the hinges up 5/16” from the case has not prevented me from hanging the doors correctly. I’m hoping that only the trained eye will find my mistake!

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Part 7: Oil, Shellac and Wax Finish

04-13-2014 09:49 PM by Guy Dunlap | 3 comments »

Just a quick video showing how I put the finish on the piece. I start by using boiled linseed oil, move on to spraying two coats of shellac with an HVLP gun, and finish by adding a layer of wax. It came out wonderful!

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Part 8: Post and Bail Pulls, Finishing Touches

04-27-2014 11:15 PM by Guy Dunlap | 2 comments »

In the final video of this build, I make the post and bail pulls for the doors. I do something a little different for the door catches, and finally attach the cabinet to the base. This was a fun project to make!

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