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This is a project that I have been working at on and off for a long time and want to complete soon. My hope is that if I start a thread and report on progress regularly it will encourage me to stick to the project and finish it. As usual, I will document progress with extracts from my journal.
2008, Nov 30:
This week I got started in earnest on building some Christmas presents. I'm making two small oak filing cabinets for our office as a present for Margaret. This week, I cut all plywood for the carcasses and started gluing them up:
The plans for these cabinets came from issue 179 of Woodsmith magazine.
2008, Dec 21:
I got back to the oak filing cabinets this week, but decided that I was not going to attempt to finished them by Christmas. The new objective is to have them ready to present to Margaret as a birthday gift on January 1. Even then. there will probably be some work remaining to do on them.
First of all, I cut the plywood for the carcass backs using my Incra cross-cut sled because I couldn't be bothered to clear the mess off the MFT:
It's nice to have the alternative.
I finished the inside of the carcasses with a coat of Old Master?s Special Walnut gel stain followed by two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly:
I made a prototype drawer out of fir plywood to test the fit:
And, as you can see, the fit was good.
2008, Dec 30:
I got a bit more work done on the file cabinets after Christmas. Here are some pictures with captions beside each:
Oscillating spindle sander used on file drawer sides:
File drawer glue-up:
Oak strips being glued to cabinet front: