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Project by Jay Nolet posted 03-01-2013 02:33 AM 10707 views 67 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, here I have 3/4” Russian Birch from China carcass that is about 14” square and 1/4” shelves with 1/2”x 3/4” high pine for a face. I cut about a seven inch radius from 1/4” ply and glued it to the shelf and stuck a half inch dowel in the center. Three of the twelve shelves I boxed in as I now only have six blades and all kinds of smalls to put in the three (pic 5) and on the top. The last picture shows the middle fake shelf that is glues in to take out the bow in the Russian Birch from China. I started this project by calling up the local big box store to inquire as to the price of 3/4” Baltic Birch. I got the answer of say “X”. I then called the local lumberyard and asked for their price. I got the answer of “O”. The difference of price says to go to the lumberyard. After paying for the Baltic Birch, I said something to the affect that I liked Baltic Birch. The cashier said,”It’s not Baltic Birch, it’s Russian Birch from China. Hmmm. Let’s see. Shouldn’t have. Quality wasn’t there. But water under the bridge, lesson learned.

Side note: I needed to assure a constant dado width and spacing between, I cut a piece of wood the distance I had to move the fence for the dado and a piece of wood the size that I had to move the fence for the inbetweens. When I went to move the fence, I put the correct piece of wood against the back side of the fence and then backed it up with one of the sides of the carcass. Being careful, removed said strip of wood and moved the fence over and locked it in. I dial indicated the dadoes and the inbetweens and they all were plus or minus within .010. All in all, I like the way it looks. So, no finish.

Thanks for the look,
Jay Nolet

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 02:53 AM

Love it Jay! Great idea and one for me to come up with
Thanks for sharing.

-- From Plastics to Wood

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 02:56 AM

That’s nice Jay !
Gotta favorite that one for a later build.
Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 02:59 AM

ya i do that spacer thing with the fence as well
i made a little clamp that slides in my rail and locks down, should take a pic, i dovetailed it.

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 03:10 AM

handy storage,nice build…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 03:23 AM

This is handy to have, I need one for my dado blade. Nice job!

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 05:14 AM

Cool project, thanks for sharing. And I agree, “real” Baltic birch is a pleasure to work with. Cheap Chinese ply, not so much.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 05:19 AM

That’s SEXY!! My, if you put that make attention in build a blade storeage box… I can’t wait to see your other projects. jay, that’s a thing of beauty.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 05:50 AM

Very nice build Jay.
Practical and cool design


-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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#9 posted 03-01-2013 08:34 AM

Baltic Birch, as the name implies come s from the Baltic area of Northern Russia and parts of Finland. If its made in China, it’s not Baltic Birch, just birch (possibly) plywood, although I’m sure you have figured that out for yourself.

Very nice project though, a wipe over with oil will increase its longevity

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 12:23 PM

Well, regardless of where the wood came from….you did right by it!!! Great build sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 03-01-2013 12:43 PM

Love it. Can be modified for many other uses just by changing drawer size. excellent design.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 03-01-2013 04:05 PM

That is awesome! Definitely stealing this design :-)

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#13 posted 03-01-2013 04:30 PM

You did a nice job, it looks good. I built one very similar quite a few years ago that ShopNotes had in one of their issues, Vol. 4, Issue 23, which I received in November of 95. The tray material used was 1/4” Masonite, the cabinet and drawer fronts I used oak. I then stained it and applied three coats of poly to everything. It was a fun build, and it’s been a nice addition to my shop.

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Jay Nolet

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#14 posted 03-01-2013 10:43 PM

Thanks folks for the ego builder. SawSucker, you hit the nail into the empty spot in my brain. I knew that I had seen a blade cabinet somewhere... I just couldn’t remember where or what it looked like. I just knew the concept. I purchased the ShopNotes 20th anniversary DVD issue last year when I got into woodworking as a hobby. When I read your post, that’s when I felt the nail. Got out the DVD, and there it was. Now I remember.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 12:19 AM

Great functional design!

-- Béla, Memphis TN

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