Woodworking on the Fringe
A few shop cabinets. What could go wrong?
Time to build some storage I’ve imagined for more than fifteen years.
Finishing the shave horse
Sharpening, and sharpening, and shaping.
Carving the shave horse seat - Part 1.
Took the plunge today.
My longest-running project so far.
Finally getting a fence with tape measures and stop blocks for my miter saw station.
It's not all fun and games
Tuning up and sharpening tools.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 3
Built and installed.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 2
Time to build my design.
Sharpening Cabinet; Part 1
Working on my design skills while building some shop storage.
Building a Shave horse; Part 2
Construction on the shave horse is almost complete
Building a Shave horse; Part 1
With the big build done, I’m starting my adventures in chair making, starting with construction of a shave horse
Construction done; furnishing in progress
Construction on the big build is complete. We are now organizing and furnishing.
Last two cases (minus trim) are in place.
Starting the last two bookcases.
Starting on the last two cases, the big bookcases on the east wall.
Installing the panels.
Perhaps the most complex part of my whole project is now complete.
Milling and fitting the panels.
I found a few bits of time to get the panels ready for finishing.
Window seat slab and panel fitting.
This week I spent time on the side panel front stiles and installed the window seat slab.
Assembling the window seat cabinet.
Today I assembled the window seat cabinet, which took a while.
Cabinet work; milling panel parts.
The window seat cabinet continues to progress, and I’ve started roughing out parts for the wall panels to go beside and above it..
More room work and more staining.
Life is still busy, but I found some time to make progress.
Lots of work, but nothing finished.
Life got busy, and I spent time prepping the room, but now I’m back at work on the window seat.
If at first you don't succeed.
I again failed to sand the slab well enough, and had to strip the stain and redo.
It's all about the numbers.
Dimensions: a delay of materials is a chance to get serious about dimensions and final plans.
Flattening the second slab, side one.
We enjoyed some dinner and TV this evening, and then I flattened the first side of the second slab.
Cherry baseboards, a panel cutting jig, and a possible change of plans
I made a new panel cutting jig because the material for it was clogging up the shop, and I’ve been making the cherry baseboards for the west wall. But there may need to be a change of plans for the window seat.
Baseboards to enable baseboards
I cut, fitted, primed, and installed the wall baseboards to allow me to progress on the baseboards for the west wall.
East wall platforms
I finished building and installed the east wall platforms.
Odds and Ends; Planning the East Wall
Installing the baseboards on the west wall requires work on the rest of the room, including initial work on the east wall.
Mounting the top trim piece
The last, hardest part of having a single piece of trim across the top of the cabinets was fitting and gluing it in place.
Sanding and staining are done; door frame parts rough milled.
Sanding and staining are very important, but nothing new.
Milling the last, hardest piece of trim.
With the rest of the trim milled to width and height (and a bit long), it was time to tackle the long piece of trim.
All cases in place; starting on trim.
Cases in place, time for trim and doors.
Staining, round two
More of the long slog.
Staining, round one
Finishing is crucial, and a long slog.
Sanding and sealing
Several hours went into sanding, cleaning, and sealing.
Third Tier Cases Milled
There are a lot of cuts to break down sheet goods to final form.
Starting the Third Tier
‘And so it begins…’
Second Tier In Place
It took quite a while, but the second tier is in place.
Prepping the Second Tier
After the long slog of finishing, I’m prepping the wall and parts to assemble.
Drilling for shelf pins
I got all the shelf pins drilled today.
Starting the second tier
I started on the second tier, beginning with the sheet goods.
Installing the doors
After much time spent finishing, I installed the doors today.
Finishing Doors - Part 1
Today I began finishing the unfinished parts of the doors, which started with some final sanding.
Installing bullet catches - Part 1
Today I drilled holes for the bullet catches, but only after making a precise jig to help.
Finishing up mounting the doors
Today I mounted the last two pairs of doors. It’s nice to see the entire set in place.
Mounting the second pair of doors
This evening I mounted a second pair of doors. Less adjusting needed for these, which is nice. Only two more pairs to go…
Mounting the first pair of doors
Yesterday I started mounting my first pair of doors. The issue here is that I have to get the doors to line up to each other, and even a small variance will show. Last evening I was able to get them …
Mounting the first door (and sanding)
The last few days I’ve been sanding the faces of my doors. And sanding doors some more. Today I finally finished sanding them all and rounded over the edges as well. I took care to not round …
Sanding Door Edges
Tonight I sanded all the edges of the doors. It’s nice to be able to clamp a door in the vise. I used a sanding block and sandpaper, sanding by hand. I find it hard to avoid rounding over the …
Tonight I used my hinge routing jig, my trim router, some clamps, and a chisel & mallet to make all the hinge mortises in my doors. Precision is crucial. So I clamp the door in my leg vise and …
Two more doors fitted; two to go
I fitted doors ‘3’ and ‘4’ tonight. I really appreciate knowing how to use hand tools in a situation like this, since I can shave a tiny bit off an edge to get just the right …