Introduction and doors
I want to build a laundry hamper for the bedroom. I figure it'll be frame and panel construction, with doors with a lattice in them so the stinky clothes can breathe a little. And I want to build it around my existing plastic laundry baskets, which are just the right size for our washer and dryer.
So I made a sketch (four squares to a foot for the bigger drawings, so each square is three inches, four squares to an inch for the profile of the sticks). The lower left shows the side view, the right shows the front of a door, and the upper left shows the profile of the door frame. My #10 round isn't holding the blade well, so rather than making a curve in that profile, I'll make a flat.
Got started yesterday. Took a board of 4/4 ash from the stash and planed the flat sides flat, plus one edge. It was about 30" long, with a waney edge, but I figure I can get all four sticks for one door frame from it. After getting the long edge squared, I marked a line 1½" from that edge, and sawed off the stick with the bandsaw. Then quickly planed the two edges I'd just cut flat. Lather, rinse, repeat until I had two 30 inch sticks a two shorter (15 and 21 inch) sticks.
I used the combination plane to put a ¼" wide groove down the "inside" edge of each stick, then marked lines ¼ and ½ inch from the front inside corner and used a rabbet plane to take off the corner down to the lines.
I think that's going to be it for today. I cracked one of the sticks while clamping it in the twin-screw vise to put the beveled corner on, so it was time to get out of the shop and not make things worse.
Tomorrow I'll start making the slats to go within the doors, or maybe start making the frame for the second door. I've got a few reasons to want to do the doors first. One is that they'll be the trickiest bit, so I'd like to get them done. Second, I need to know the weight of the doors in order to know which of the Sugatsune HDS-10S closers I need to buy. I figure the doors will be drop-fronts, so I can easily pull out a basket full of dirty clothes to take it to the washer.
More to follow…
You gotta get into SketchUp (or similar)... Ideal for quick dirties, easily modified, can be shared and the file will be long available after that scrap paper becomes land fill.So I made a sketch (four squares….
- Dave Polaschek
And don't use that argument that it's too hard… you don't need the level for developing the next spaceship for Mars.
Basic sketches can be mastered in a few hours and stick to 2D… then you can get cocky and add that extra 1D.
Think of it this way… You have to get books and read, to familiarise with SketchUp!