Shop Notes #3: Cabinet Drawers for Me (And Some Lathe Fun)

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Blog entry by Steve posted 01-11-2018 05:22 PM 698 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My kitchen doesn’t have a dedicated pantry, so we use biggest cupboard we have for food storage: a large, deep cave above the oven. Not surprisingly, things stack up and easily get lost in the depths. I’ve been wanting some kind of slide out storage system for that space, and this month I finally had the opportunity.

I designed a couple of tall, deep units and ordered some soft-close under-mount sliders that can take the expected weight. A single sheet of medium quality 3/4” oak faced plywood from Home Depot was enough to build the structure and a sheet of 1/2” birch (no oak available) was more than enough for the shelves and small trim pieces.

I rather dislike working with sheet goods in my small shop. Full sheets are especially difficult to store and they are too bulky to comfortably work. I end up rough cutting them down with a circular saw, which is inexact and splintery at best.

I used dados for joinery, and the final products were strong and solid. The rough plywood edges were covered with birch iron-on edging, which only looks a little odd on the oak panels.

While working on these, I bought a new Nova chuck for my lathe. Wanting to get it set up, I went to remove the drill-style chuck I had mounted in my headstock to hold the mandrel for bottle stoppers. The taper on that chuck hadn’t held well, so I had resorted to a few drops of red Locktite to hold it in place.

I spent a good hour trying to knock that old chuck out. I heated it, tapped it and even took a few good swings with a maul. Nothing worked. Finally, with a pipe wrench with a 3 foot cheater pipe I was able to twist it free. The chuck was destroyed, but it appears I didn’t do any lasting damage to the lathe itself.

-- ~Steve

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