Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #3: Some steps back and a few more forward

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Blog entry by sras posted 02-07-2021 03:07 AM 780 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Second day of the build Part 3 of Tea Bag Holder Cabinet series Part 4: Final details on the main cabinet »

First up today was to correct a mistake I made yesterday. When I cut the back rabbet on the top I had the part turned around. I have been keeping parts aligned so the grain pattern runs across the top and down the front. With this mistake the grain didn’t line up at all.

So I cut a filler piece from some scrap.

I cut it slightly oversize on the thickness and width. The length matches the top.

Some glue and clamps.

After the glue set up I trimed the patch to fit. Then I cut the rabbet on the correct end.

My hinges showed up yesterday!

I trimmed the biggest tearout off the side before the next step.

Then I made my next mistake…

I thought it would be a good idea to prefinish the interior surfaces before making the dados for the shelves. It might have worked but I rushed it before the finish had fully cured. The surface was a bit sticky and made it difficult to get a smooth pass through the router table.

I sanded off most of the finish and made the rest of the dado cuts. I used a 3/16” straight bit. The single flute required firm control. This is when I cut the sides and back to final dimensions.

Next I sanded the shelves to thickness and cut them to size.

Then a test fit to wrap up today.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 02-07-2021 03:57 AM

I like the shape of the top. Very good work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 02-07-2021 06:16 AM

Thanks Dan! It is coming along nicely. I’m glad you like it.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-07-2021 12:54 PM

Coming right along, have a good and a safe day in the shop.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 02-07-2021 04:02 PM

Sorry you had to endure those setbacks. I thought I was the only one who had days like that.

Looking really nice.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-07-2021 04:32 PM

Lew – Some days are worde than others :) Thanks for the compliment!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-07-2021 06:59 PM

You did a great job matching up the grain on the patch.
Did you ever use an up spiral router bit?
In the router table they turn into a down spiral bit.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 02-08-2021 02:26 AM

Thanks James – I am a bit embarrased to admit that I have a couple spiral bits but my habit is to go for the bits I have always used.

That’s the nice thing about sharing my work I always get some good advice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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