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Project by JohnnyStrawberry posted 05-07-2013 05:01 PM 3060 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My journey has come to an important milestone. Cabinetry…
but without a single drop of glue or any metal fastener – not even hinges.
Exclusively out of wood. But why am I doing this?
I’ve shared my story and my concept in my bed post:
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The usual slideshow about the build:

It has quite some photos condensed in it.
Any suggestion for a decent (and free) online slideshow generator site?

This cabinet is my third piece of furniture. This time I really needed everything I’ve learnt from previous projects. It has 40 pegged M&Ts and 30 feet of edge joining with sliding dovetails. So both techniques needed their own dedicated jigs to do them accurately and less time consuming. I had built the dovetail jig (photo 5) for the dining table so I “only…” had to make the M&T jig (photo 4). I think I’ll post that long journey in a blog later. In the slideshow you can see one of the several tries savagely torn apart… After weeks of developing the M&T jig, I now have a complete set of jigs for several joining types of M&T. Now it takes nanoseconds to make a pegged M&T. Well, … less than a billion. :-)

No finish on it. We love it this way. It’s going to store our trekking and climbing gears.

Now it’s time to make our kitchen cabinets…

Thanks for watching,

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 05:42 PM

very sharp

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 05:49 PM


You are GOOD! Hey the music and pace of slideshow were pretty intense! LOL!

Good to see your posting your journey! :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 06:25 PM

Excellent job, hat down. I enjoyed watching process on photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 02:36 AM

Great build. Really like the joinery, especially the sliding dovetail. Great job, great video. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 04:32 PM

Thanks guys for the positive feedback. I really appreciate it.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 10:49 AM

Great work again Johnny.
I actually was just about to send you a pm asking where you had disappeared to. For some reason I thought you might have had an accident. Glad to see that I was wrong !!

I have just a couple of suggestions for you. I know you don’t like using screws, so I thought maybe you should countersink your mounting screws and cover with wooden plugs.
Standardly such a cabinet would be mounted through a rail (or with brackets) at the back into the wall. That way you wouldn’t see the mounting. Perhaps that would put too much uneven stress on your unglued cabinet though.

If you ever decide to do this for a living, I have a friend in Budapest who is an interior designer and I’m sure she would use your unique designs.
Maybe you know her blog ?

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 01:28 PM

Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it.
I was only lost in my M&T jig journey… But eventually it came out really nice.
This cabinet is 70cm deep and it stores tens of kilograms of outdoor gears. That’s why it is a built in (or I should say slipped in) cabinet and not a wall hanging one. Besides my wife needed its mounting to look extra sturdy. :-)
Using wooden plugs is a great idea. But I didn’t have the matching washer for the size of the dowel I could’ve used and I wanted to get’er done ASAP. The mounting was a major PITA anyways. I might upgrade it some day though.
However, I’m in the middle of building our wall hanging kitchen cabinets and they really deserve plugged mounting. (Choco locust frame and steamed burly red willow panels. I’m in awe of the beauty of these two.) So I hope I show up in the screw store soon. :-)
Doing this for a living is actually a treasured dream of mine. Although I’m pretty far from turning pro, I’m getting closer every day… or rather, every night.
Special thanks for the tip. :-) She has an interesting blog. I didn’t know it.
Thanks for dropping by.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 01:33 PM

Nicely done, Johnny.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 01:47 PM

Hi Johnny,

Very precise work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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