Jelly Cupboard

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Project by Gary posted 06-13-2013 03:24 AM 2348 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jelly cupboard I made last fall for a school auction. Goofy thing ran me ragged. I think if it hadn’t been for David, I would have given up on the thing. You can notice the rather large top section. First I planned to make a lift top. Then I thought of putting in a drawer instead. Ended up not doing either. Never thought of it until it was all glued up. I ended up building a (hidden) box and locked it up inside with a magswitch.

I had intended to put adjustable shelves in the thing but without thinking about what I was doing, I glued in cleats for the shelves. (altzheimers or just stupid?)

The door you see is the second door. The first door was finished and even installed when I noticed the bottom tin panel was wrong side out. I had ordered the panels from a new place and they were much thinner than I thought. They were hard to install and keep the buckles out. I ended up using epoxy and framed the inside. When I noticed what I had done (after the door was hung) I just built a new one.

New one built, taped in place to make sure I could get it aligned. Mounted it and….finish

Finish was with minwax tung. I was out of the 100% pure tung and needed to get this thing delivered.

School got $350 for it.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 03:32 AM

That turned out really nice! Would never have guessed that it fought you every step of the way!

So there is a secret box in the upper area above the doors? Held in place with a mag switch? I need pics to understand this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 03:45 AM

Can’t, Andy. It’s gone. I built the box, like a jewelry box with no tray. Put a lock on the lid. Put the back end of it on a cleat. Another cleat holds the front end. That cleat has a mag switch that locks on to a metal panel on the front wall. It’s a little tricky to use. Turn the mag switch off and the front cleat will drop, allowing the front of the box to drop. Pull it slightly forward and it comes down and out. Takes both hands. Really a clumsy arrangement but it was one of those last minute things. Back to the stupid thing again.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 03:57 AM

Really nice jelly cupboard, came out great. Don’t you hate it when all seems to go wrong on a project?, at least all the mishaps are out of the way now, and the next project will go smooth as silk.

-- "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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#4 posted 06-13-2013 04:01 AM

Very good for a Jelly of a price!

Nice job… Nice Fix…

Nice price… Nice cause…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 04:02 AM

Well, Oldtool there have been several projects since that one. Got 3 of them waiting on me now but, since the surgery, I can’t trust myself in the shop all that much. I’ve been there probably a total of 4 hours since April 18th.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 04:40 AM

trials and fixes

it did come out nice

hopefully you will remember all this
and be able to enjoy the next ones

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 05:02 AM

As long as I have my buddy in New Mexico keeping me on track, I can do it.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 09:59 AM

It really came out great. I read a lot and try new techniques, but it seems that I learn the most when things didn’t work out right. I guess you had a chance to learn a lot on this one. Good job for a good cause.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 01:04 PM

Your process is just like mine – get started, develop a flawed plan, make a few mistakes, adjust. I attribute my approach to the fact that I have a full-time job and I only get a few hours a week in the shop. Makes it hard to develop any momentum and that leads to mistakes. Nevertheless my projects – like your beautiful pie safe – seem to turn out. Good work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 01:07 PM

This is a nice project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 03:07 PM

Gary, I like this project very much. I like building this kind of project too.

Where did you get those tins for teh doors? Did you make them yourself or purchase them someplace? I’m always looking for a good source.



-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 03:30 PM

I love it! I also built one because I had so many canned goods that we needed the storage space. Keep up the good work Gary. Now build one for yourself! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 07:12 PM

hey gary, gee you never call, maybe your busy with the,this was a beautiful build, i wish they would have gotten more for it, as you did a fantastic job..good to see ya working with wood again…take care buddy…oopppss i thought i heard the phone ring….nope, must be old age thing…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 06-14-2013 12:21 AM

Gary, Your description cleared it up for me. It might be cumbersome, but doesn’t look like someone would find it unless they knew it was there. That makes it a GOOD secret compartment.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 06-14-2013 03:40 AM

Bob, I’m quite sure I learned at least a couple of lessons from this project. Probably pertaining to what Ron mentioned. That flawed plan. The flaw was waiting too long to get started on the project. I felt rushed the entire time. That tends to make me think about what I’m going to do instead of what I’m doing. I cut a large chunk of my thumb off that way.
Thanks Charles. I appreciate the kind word
Milo, glad you like it. I looked to see if I kept the info on the computer but it’s not there. When I get back in the shop, I’ll see if I still have the box to see where I got the panels. But, I wasn’t too pleased with them. Can’t really say I would recommend them
Thanks H Mike. I like yours too. I remember when you did it. It’s taller than this one. I think more forethought went into yours
You’re right Grizz, I haven’t called lately. Funny thing….. neither have you. No cows left around here. Just horses, donkies, dogs, a cat and chickens. You need to build one of these. It would be great to see one of yours because your projects are always so unique. Give it a try. It would be a hit.
Andy, glad you could understand what I wrote. Wasn’t sure if it was clear enough. Hope to never do it that way again. But, the folks that got it were happy with it. They thought the hidden box was something special. I didn’t tell them it was a fix for a mistake….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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