Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #10: Inserts for doors

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Blog entry by sras posted 03-09-2021 03:30 PM 527 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: The base is created Part 10 of Tea Bag Holder Cabinet series Part 11: Finishing touches »

Lots of little pieces in this entry!

I started with the half circles – largest one first. Since this spalted maple can be fragile I prefinished the wood.

To dial in the fit I use my disc sander. But I turn the disc by hand – usually only a couple inches of travel at a time.

That way I can safely place my hand close to the disc and limit how much wood gets removed.

First one done. My fingernail dented the wood enough that I had to sand back most of the finish.

Second half cut and fitted.

Next is the medium sized half circles.

To fit the mating piece I cut the blank oversized.

I then set the top and bottom to size while keeping the figure matched.

Then shape the arc to fit.

Then work that shape until a final fit is done.

Two sets down – one to go.

The last set is small – 5/8” in diameter.

Did I mention that these are small pieces?

Once the pieces are fitted I applied more finish to get a uniform coat.

Now on to the ebony inserts. Cut a blank.

Use the thickness sander to get the thickness close. Then rip it in two.

Then use the thickness sander to get a uniform height that is close. Cut the first two blanks. The blanks are still taped to the carrier used with the thickness sander.

Shape to fit.

Round over the top edge and polish to 2000 grit.

I use an eye lupe to help me see what I am doing.

Next up is the center strips.

Then the shorter outer strips. I managed to get one clear picture showing how I shape the radiused ends. I first create a pair of chamfers.

Then round off those edges until I get a fit. It’s hard to see, but I set the height of the outer strips slightly lower than the center one.

While the parts are not intended to be unique in size, I went ahead and labeled their position just to be safe.

And now I have 14 inserts ready to go.

Now everything is disassembled for finish. All these small parts are kept in a bag.

I am expecting the finish work to be fairly uneventful. Hopefully my next post on this will be the finished project.

Update: Turns out I have one more entry in this blog!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 03-09-2021 04:13 PM

Nice job! Tiny pieces are very tricky. You make it look easy!

-- If you are afraid to make a mistake you never achieve your goals!

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#2 posted 03-09-2021 04:44 PM

Thanks Kras!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-09-2021 06:56 PM

This is some seriously detailed work. I like where this is going.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-09-2021 07:17 PM

Very nice detail, waiting for the outcome.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-09-2021 07:19 PM

Thanks Willie! I appreciate the compliment.

Bob – It will be a few weeks – life is getting in the way. Stay tuned!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 03-09-2021 07:26 PM

This whole project has been a serious exercise in patience and attention to detail Steve. I’m looking forward to seeing it all put together! Thanks for taking the time to write it up :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 03-09-2021 07:47 PM

Thanks Ken! It is a heavily detailed project, good thing I am enjoying it!

Luckily this is one of those projects where I took enough pictures to make a write up even possible.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-09-2021 08:00 PM

Love the way you matched the grain in the half circles

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

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#9 posted 03-09-2021 09:50 PM

Thanks Lew!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 03-09-2021 10:17 PM

The bookends are a craftsman touch along with the other inserts, this is looking so good.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 03-10-2021 01:40 AM

Thanks crowie!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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