My 1st woodworking project (other than birdhouses)

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Project by Twigger posted 03-13-2012 07:37 PM 1424 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a table saw for my birdhouse work, and thought I might want a good one for other purposes. So I asked my chief of staff if she would like me to build her anything. She said a corner cabinet. So I set up shop accordingly with a good table saw and miter saw to begin.

Honorable mention goes to my home grown taper jig. It’s essentially a miter slot sled with a workpiece support that can be moved anywhere on the sled, and held down with two screws through any of ten predrilled holes. It can easily accomodate long narrow pieces by partially hanging off the back of the sled if needed, and using the hold-down clamps; or wide pieces such as the cabinet doors by positioning it across the the back end of the sled at a right angle to that pictured.

The chief of staff is pleased with the cabinet. As my first project it took forever, two years flat (although I took a year off to design a house and was in no hurry in the meantime). I was extremely careful at every step. One thing I learned: precise cutting is one thing; precise glue-up is another. :-)

-- When can we go fishing, err woodworking?!

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 07:45 PM

Certainly an great looking project. Really nice miter work. Fine job.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 08:32 PM

Awesome looking cabinet! Quite a job for your first project. I just finished my first, and yours is 10 more complex. Yow!
What wood is that—Cherry? Beautiful, great job!

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 08:54 PM

Wow that’s a great corner cabinet,that ain’t no bird house! .A fantastic job especially for you first piece of furniture.

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 11:12 PM

Gorgeous. I’ll bet you learned a Lot making that corner cabinet. And to come from Birdhouses! That’s hard to believe. At least it proves you don’t let yourself be intimidated by anything. Good, good job. Very impressive. Glad your wife is happy!


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