Furniture #30: Shoe Rack Cabinet Starting the framework

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-25-2017 06:59 AM 1727 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I made the face frame and rear bracing then realised that I had a few errors to deal with.
1. I had grossly underestimated the amount of timber I needed to do the job,and
2. The face frame I made I didnt like so I pulled it off again.
3. No stock of fine thread screws.
4. Made some smoke, and
5. Broke something.

So I spent a lot of time doing stuff but didnt really produce much progress.

Here is the frame work.

I am not sure what you think but as the day went by and I started to design the tilt out drawer I realised that the face frame was way too wide and with the added width of more raised panel fronts it was going to look mismatched from the rest of the build, so I removed it and reduced it in width by 50 %

So another stick of Swamp gum from the rack was prepared.

I decided to cut it into 2 pieces to make it more managable

Without boring everybody with the individual processes involved this is what I ended up with.

Now the face frame and corresponding Raised panels will have frame work this size.

I used pocket hole fastening for the frame and upon checking my Kreg screw stock I only had coarse threads for softwood so I did a test run to see if using the incorrect screws blew anything apart.

This is my poor mans version of the proper kreg Clamp, I didnt have the loot to buy a real clamp so I had my metal working friend weld a 8mm bolt on the end.

The incorrect screws seemed to work so I set to work with them

Milling work was not with out incident either as I was sawing away I stared producing smoke, so I stopped and checked the blade, it seemed sharp enough so I decided to take it off and clean it.

With a good clean it seemed to be free of all the resin and gunk build up on the sides.

As I had the other new blade out already so I decided to fit it and get on with what I was supposed to be doing.

The new blade worked like a charm so I continued.

The frame work continued but as I was removing my sash clamp I dropped it and it fell and I broke its foot off

Cast junk! I wonder will Mr JB weld fix it.

OMG what else is going wrong today!! enough so I packed up everything for the day.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 07:27 AM

It’s a pity that you had some rotten luck, because that is turning out beautiful!

I like the ingenuity shown on your clamp too :)

-- Shaun, South African living in Portugal

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 07:46 AM

... it fell and I broke its foot off…

- robscastle

rc, the day wasn’t a total disaster…

If the sash clamp was bigger you might have broken 1 metre off not just 1 foot!

Now for the 2nd. victory… also regarding clamps… be glad you were clever enough to doctor those clamps and not waste your money on the Kreg clamps (like some other idiot did) .

PS. Still, those panels smoke better than your saw (or is it sore).

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

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 04:36 PM

Rob, I applaud your wisdom of just calling some days over. When I hit a run of things not working I try to do the same. Being retired has its advantages. Things always looks brighter the next day. “Some days are diamonds. Some days are stones.”

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 02:27 PM

Mama said there would be days like this ? Looks great so far.

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#5 posted 09-26-2017 02:43 PM

Sorry just open my e-mail here’s what I got on my plans.

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