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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-14-2019 08:02 AM 516 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

Several months ago I finished my TV cabinet for my spa area.

Initially I bought the spa to go into the laundry business

however, the yokels of Churchill did their washing in Hazelwood pondage (less than ‘baccy spitn’ distance away),

so all I finished up doing was breeding algae.
In my wisdom I filled it with a bucket-load of chlorine and decided to turn it into a lap pool as it wasn’t big enough for a canoe to try white water rafting,

After the lump on my head kept getting bigger as I hit the sides (tumble turns were a tad difficult even after filling the spa with water), I realised there has to be a better way to entertain myself while soaking up the bubbles of the spa.

Decided to put a TV out there and to keep the birds and possums from getting too domesticated, a cabinet was in order so I could hide it from view while I wasn’t watching it.

As always I started with a visit to my local SketchUp clinic…

I initially planned to build a framework on the windows’ stiles to hang the box from,

with the door opening upwards,

and the box mounted with hinges on the left hand side so it could open sideways for viewing from the picnic area,

... and the base,

I started and laminated some pine boards,

with added weight for the glue up,

It was at this stage that I realised that the original design might not work, and decided to redesign the doors from solid timber to rail and stile with ply panels,

as weatherproof was more a priority than security… yeah, yeah I know! It’s that type of attitude that makes insurance premiums sky-rocket!

This change of pace required some quick benchtop reconfiguration,

(you’ll have to look closely for the hand sketch, in chalk, on the panel and cut accordingly,

As the boxes were going to be dovetailed, I had to raise my dovetailing jig to allow for the 1530mm width of the top cabinet as my work bench height of 550mm was just a few millimeters too low even with my high heels on. I improvised with a heavy duty mobile cart and a no-no step ladder (verboten by the jigs operations manual),

Being so wide, I had to drag out my pipe clamps from moth balls,

and gave assistance by my Woodpecker corner clamps that are designed to accommodate “over long” dovetails/box joints,

Sanding the short side was a chore as the frame was prone to chatter. I braced the rig with a temporary diagonal brace,

For all you jocks and ‘ettes that are fortunate enough to own a Rotex, are you aware of this “duckbill” attachment?

It adds a new dimension to the control of the Rotex I do curse Fe$tool for making us $ucker$ pay extra shekels for $something that make$ a great tool even better!

Glued some support strips around the inside edge of the box so the back could be screwed to it,

(no idea why I chose this way so please don’t ask, however, I vaguely remember it was a necessity workaround under the circumstances).

The base was just a routine glue up,

For those observant enough and tried to decipher my hieroglyphics on the side of the box… during dovetailing, I marks the sides with FOP (Front Outside Pins) and SIT (Side Inside Tails) to keep track of board orientation.

The doors were mounted using piano hinges.

They were dry filtted in the workshop and eventually assembled when the carcass and doors were wheeled around the block to the back yard.

Both the top and base cabinets were tungued, and after 1 week of drying given 3 coats of deck “strength” varnish prior to assembly and TV mounting.

Marked out the TV support rack on the back of the top cabinet and made a couple of trial and error fits… for some reason, SketchUp failed me with the proper layout,

The mounting bracket was chosen so the TV could be swung out and viewer aligned,

though this seemed to be a mute point as the whole cabinet could be rotated, however, that mounting bracket was on a clearance sale at Aldi’s and I would have had to back order the one I actually needed… it was this swing-out combined with the weight of the TV that made “centrering” (finished up off centre) a pain.

To provide additional stability, I extended the wheel base somewhat,

from the initial design,

As can be observed from this photo,

the gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is greater on the right than the left. Now if you believe me when I say that the fence was horizontal and did not rise, then one can only conclude that the ground sloped downwards.
Now the cabinet with the TV had a tendency to be top heavy, however, when I bolted the top to the base,

it had the propensity to topple backwards and in the words of that espièglerie Mr. Murphy, “It was the last bolt that broke the cabinet’s back”.
So I had to fit a stabilising outrigger at the back,

Because of the flattness of the slab this project was used on, I was able to use some of my obsolete wheels that were swapped out for bigger ones in my workshop to permit smoother large machinery movement.

When initially constructed, all the doors lined up. The top doors retained their original configuration/level,

however, the bottom ones can get misaligned depending on the terrain the cabinet is touring over.

It seems that the base box is subject to twisting on uneven ground. Lucky I used super tight dovetails glued solid to allow for timber movement (NOT)… bet most other woodworkersl, also never allow for terrain movement. Nevertheless the picture on the TV didn’t become pixilated so I decided to just kept an eye on it,

To prevent inappropriate body functions, the spa comes with it’s own unisex urinal, though no modesty booth…

and a leg up for all those suffering duck’s disease

(bum too close to the ground… short legs).

If you don’t have a spa or wish to watch TV while taking a dunking, save yourself the trouble of reading this, unless you want to make one for your rich neighbor.

Another successful project completed,

PS. No SKetchUp model is supplied for this project as the original model was an embarasment and the amended current one is worse than a dogs breakfast and I’m too lazy to tidy it up.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 06-14-2019 10:08 AM

What a great spa for such a young and little duck.

BTW Nice cabinet too.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#2 posted 06-14-2019 10:26 AM

Wow thats one heavyweight cabinet you have made there LBD.
Any reason for using 19mm pine instead of a couple of boards mounted vertically then a ply back?
The enclosure has got to be almost bullet proof. It does look good.
Did you really need to add the unisex toilet? especially as there are no action shots of it in use!
Now with all those neatly arranged tools I would have thought somewhere there would have been a pair of plasters stillts.
Excellent pieces of kit for when you doing high end dovetails, getting plastered, and also for making spa entry easier. ... tee hee!!

The Festool gear ( I dont own any apart from the 2D ones I cut out of catalogues, but I am curious to now what the duckbill does, unless of course you just fondle it and dream its Daisy or maybe even grandma duck, snicker snicker ..
Finally The biohazard Otto bin next to the cabinet, ....whats the go?

My assessment

Design: 9 outta 10, (deducted 1 point for possibly Too heavy)

Work around initatives: 9 outta 10 (deducted 1 point for no plasterers stilts used)

Presentation: 10 outta 10 + star

Construction detail: 10 outta 10 again + a star

Historical tour of Churchill: 8 outta 10 ( 2 points deducted 1 for no skinng dipping images and 1 for no Toyota Crown fishing shots)

A question
1. How big is that drum sander I see in the background, you sure have some nice gear!

Almost forgot, tut tut on the laundry service,...I assume you saw 2×4Oak’s push stick?

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 06-14-2019 11:21 AM

Damn rc, it’s gonna take longer to answer your questions than write up the original post… but here goes.


Any reason for using 19mm pine instead of a couple of boards mounted vertically then a ply back?

Actually because of the anticipated weight, as I was going to hang the box on the window frames, I dressed the 19mm down to 12mm for the boxs’ sides. The back of the top cabinet I left at 19mm as had to be solid enough to take the mounting bracket and the weight of the TV. The bottom box’s back is 6mm MDF.

The enclosure has got to be almost bullet proof….

The doors are only 3mm ply with 19mm rail and style… maybe just dart proof.

Did you really need to add the unisex toilet? especially as there are no action shots of it in use!

I can assure you, having a poor aim, action shots are a sight you don’t want to see.

somewhere there would have been a pair of plasters stillts.

.... my high heels are taller than those… not only that, once plastered it’s a long way to fall down and crawl home.


..... but I am curious to now what the duckbill does….

The Rotex can be rugged when in heavy duty mode. Gives greater and more relaxed control than the knob in the palm of your hand.

Finally The biohazard Otto bin next to the cabinet, ....whats the go?

Syringe bin… like the urinal, a must in all Churchill residences.
Though I’ve been known to store a spare set of filters for the spa in it.

My assessment….

You lost me with the maths… only 1 thing I hate more than reading… adidinctionless…. more or less (now that’s simple maths)
A question
1. How big is that drum sander I see in the background, you sure have some nice gear!

A (nother) answer… Big… Jet 22-44 (oscilating)

..... on the laundry service… I assume you saw 2×4Oak push stick?
- robscastle

Does he use it as a scrubbing brush?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 06-14-2019 11:53 AM

OK so try these high heels

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 06-14-2019 11:58 AM


OK so try these high heels

- robscastle

But then how the hell do I get my tail feathers wet without cutting a hole in the spa’s bottom?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 06-14-2019 05:11 PM

you two take up so much space here it took me 10 minutes to scroll to the bottom and now i forgot what i was going to say,something sarcastic im sure.anyway nice spa cabinet duckie you live a lifestyle any duck would envy.i think we need to limit rob to no more than half a dozen questions per thread-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 06-14-2019 11:52 PM



..... think we need to limit rob to no more than half a dozen questions per thread-lol.
- pottz

That’s why I haven’t posted my thread project/blog/review... with 6 TPI and 4 foot long wooden bolt, that would make 288 threads... hell I’d be answering questions for 10 lifetimes!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 06-15-2019 02:46 AM

What 6 TPI and 4 foot long wooden bolt, that would make 288 threads?

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 06-15-2019 03:56 AM

Very nice but you should have considered making bifold doors that would fold to the side instead of the big wings …

M

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 06-15-2019 04:38 AM


What 6 TPI and 4 foot long wooden bolt, that would make 288 threads?
- robscastle

I’m keepin’ a ledger rc... that’s one question down!


..... you should have considered making bifold doors that would fold to the side instead of the big wings …
- Madmark2

Had considered it at one time Mad’ie, however, as my original intention was for solid doors and I got spooked about the weight as I was striving for 12mm thick lumber for the boxs’ sides… with the redesign, all logic got washed down by a few casks of vino as my faith in piano hinges with 10mm screws (in 12mm timber) is still untested.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 06-15-2019 09:51 AM


What 6 TPI and 4 foot long wooden bolt, that would make 288 threads?
- robscastle

Well nearly 288,

The height using the threads is easier to control/micro-adjust than the Triton’s height locking system.

That’s 2 Down!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 06-15-2019 02:05 PM



..... bifold doors….
- Madmark2

Just had another bout of vinospiration, M’m’2. During the day, the two side doors provide shade from the glare on sunny days. This certainly was not planned, however, it is a benefit… You’ll notice the last picture in the post the doors were closed in… not to protect super duck but to dull out the bright sunny day.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 06-15-2019 02:15 PM

you must be very wealthy to have a TV by your hottub plus an extra bathroom in your house WOW
is that your cereal bowl and spoon in the drawer ? LMAO :<))))))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 06-16-2019 06:07 PM



you must be very wealthy to have a TV by your hottub plus an extra bathroom in your house WOW
is that your cereal bowl and spoon in the drawer ? LMAO :<))))))))))))))

- GR8HUNTER


hell im just glad to live vicariously through the duck-LOL!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 06-16-2019 11:28 PM



hell im just glad to live vicariously through the duck-LOL!
- pottz

Hmm, I’ve never met Mr. Iously in all the times I been to church!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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