Shop Notes #13: Really Lousy Estimating

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Blog entry by Steve posted 03-19-2018 03:51 PM 801 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Box Joints and Jewelry Cabinets Part 13 of Shop Notes series Part 14: Postponed »

I started out with a goal to produce seven jewelry cabinets by the end of this week, three in sapele and four in walnut. Along the way last week, I had to set three aside—to be finished later.

Milling up the door frame elements, I only made enough for one (and a half!) sapele unit. I thought I would have lots of extra walnut, but it was just enough for four. I normally mill these with an up cut straight bit, but changed things up this time. This setup produced pretty good results—consistent cuts in depth with very little wandering.

I don’t have a photo of the crosscut sled set up to cut the tenons on the door elements, but I was very happy with the results. The joints were square and snug.

Gluing up the doors, I discovered that I hadn’t milled enough panels for four walnut cabinets. Given my deadline, there was no time to stop and go back.

Today, I should be able to start on the interiors of the cabinets. Afterwards, I can hang the doors and put a finish on them. Next week, I can tackle the leftovers.

-- ~Steve

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