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    Small Wall Cabinet - Pic Heavy

    Its funny how involved a small project can get when you are trying out new (to me) techniques. I got the idea in me to make LOML's daughter's Christmas present with sliding dovetails. Materials are mahogany, cherry and ash.

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    The top uses a distinct profile that allowed me to make use of my bowl bit. I felt good about this as I only made one bowl and kind of lost interest in that process (for now). This would be one of those times a miter gauge is nice on the RT.

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    The bottom offsets the top profile with a simple 5* bevel down and away from the body (love that sander).

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    The ends of the sides and the shelf all get the same treatment to their dovetail profiles. This rounded step allows the appearance I was after at the front. Downside is, after assembly, the sliding dovetails will be my secret as there will be little evidence of them.

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    Right about now some of you may be thankful for that new "excluding" feature on the New Posts button because, there's more . . .
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-24-2009 at 06:11 PM.
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    Small Wall Cabinet - Cont'd

    Here's how the rear (DT showing) and the (flush) looks with the sliding dovetail seated on a joint.

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    I temporarily assembled part of the carcass and used the router table to create a 1/4" x 3/4" rabbet around the rear. This will provide the inset for the sectioned back panel and an area to hide the french cleat that will hold it to the wall. There was a bit of hand work here to clean up the areas that the tailed tools couldn't reach without more trouble than it was worth. Love that LV shoulder plane.

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    As I am getting ready to apply the first finish steps I got a chuckle out of how much this thing looks like some kind of puzzle to be assembled. The slats are made of ash and will be recessed and pinned across the back. The dark areas are from a mineral spirits wipe I was doing just prior to starting the finish. I'm in posting this while waiting for it to dry ;-)

    I'll post more as I get to the solid cherry door and the custom pull.
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-24-2009 at 04:47 PM.
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    sliding DTail stock is 3/4" right? wanted to use that jint on a project but had 1/2" stock and it didnt work.. unless they make a smaller DTail bit than what i had..
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    Glenn I really enjoy your posts, they are so inspiring. You have it down pat. Looks like you are at the stage with your setup that you can focus on the project and make real good progress with your shop time. I envy you having everything setup to go.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    sliding DTail stock is 3/4" right? wanted to use that jint on a project but had 1/2" stock and it didnt work.. unless they make a smaller DTail bit than what i had..
    Hi Larry,

    All 1/2" stock (except the back panels), 3/8" x 3/8" x 9* DT bit, Whiteside 1/2" shank, D9-376. I got the bit made for the Incra system as it is longer, costs only a few cents more and allows more shank in the collet for his little bity head ;-)
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    Looking good there Glenn.

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    Man oh man!!!! That was a journey for me!!
    Very, very nice work indeed!! Thanks for sharing Glen, look forward to the end of the chapter of this assignment!
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    Well Glenn, I can only say that I'm thinking about hiring you
    Best regards,
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    Small Wall Cabinet - Finishing Steps

    I always think of finishing as being one of the two phases where I can really mess up when doing a piece. The other phase is the glue up. As this piece will be mostly finished prior to assembly, I get to try to mess up the finish first .

    I did several test pieces as mahogany can come out a bit orange and I am trying to fit in with an existing bedroom set. I am not trying to match the existing items but I don't want to clash either.

    I used Transtint 'medium brown', 'reddish brown' and a bit of 'lemon yellow' to get what I was after. Any of you who use dyes (I mix with alcohol) know how flat they can appear prior to topcoat. Despite knowing this is characteristic, it always causes me some anxiety.

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    After an initial 2lb cut shellac padding I am closer to the results on my test scrap.

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    Another coat of shellac and I have the color I am after.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-24-2009 at 10:23 PM.
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    Looking real goooood.
    cheers

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