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Alf

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What?! Another project so soon? I'll be doing my reputation no good at all... This one was forced upon me by a combination of desperate need and a sudden requirement to be using a jointer plane. :whistle: Rather than do a load of planing to no purpose, I thought I'd turn the minimum amount of wood into the maximum amount of storage. At one stage it looked like I'd get it done within a week :shock: , but lethargy intervened and good resolutions turned into plugged screws and a plywood back. :oops: Anyway, about 4' tall overall and about <this> wide. Yep, no plan again, so just pot luck as to what it came out at. Materials were a rather sappy board of walnut, some leftover ash from the coffee table and a tool cabinet I made yonks ago, and cherry cut off the 2" boards that eventually became the legs for the side tables.



After a good deal of planing up of stock with the jointer (which I wasn't sure I'd be allowed to show, so no pics. Sorry) I ploughed a load of grooves in the stiles and rails for the side panels.



In the spirit of encouraging the use of Boat Anchors, another shot. Notice I wasn't pussy cat-footing about with thin shavings. This was a quick and dirty job and I wanted to make those grooves at speed, not make them look nice. After all, you won't see them anyway.



Then out with the mortise chisel, or "pigsticker", and bash out the mortises. Took me a couple to get in practice, then I was in the swing and got them done quicker than I expected. With them all clamped together like that and the groove to guide me, there was no chance of blowing out a side or making them anything but straight.



I decided to give the trenching facility on the Bosch SCMS a whirl to cut the tenon shoulders, and the bandsaw for the cheeks. A little tweaking with a chisel to clean up the odd sticking point, and you can see the general idea for the side panels. I fouled up the cutting of the cherry and cut the wrong piece in half for the smaller panels. But it worked out okay as I was trying to get one "good" side, so I could get the figure to flow across that side which otherwise I'd have been unable to.



The completed sides fitted but waiting finishing before the glue up.



I just put a couple of coats of shellac on before gluing up. This is just for me so I'm not spending days over the finishing. As long as it stays reasonably clean and brings out the colour a bit, that's fine. I could call it a "Krenovian finish" I suppose. :wink:



While that was drying, I planed up the ash for some shelves and lipped the front edge with the last of the walnut.



Then I cut them to length and juggled them about to get the shelf spacing I wanted while also taking advantage of the middle rail for at least one shelf. Planning ahead here might have helped, but then I was hampered by what length of cherry I had available anyway, so maybe not... A balancing act on the bench and the miracle of photography makes it "stand up" to give me an idea of how it'll look.



Then the whole thing sat in the workshop untouched for too long. The impetus was lost and I just wanted to see the back of it. So instead of anything fancy I screwed and plugged the shelves in place.



For some reason using plugged screws always makes me feel guilty, but I absolutely love paring the plugs flush. Don't ask me why, I don't know. :roll:



I decided to leave the "ears" on top and bottom; the latter as legs, the former 'cos I thought it looked better. Not so sure now... Anyway, the groove in the top ones needed to be filled in, so I planed up a suitable fillet, glued it in and pared it back. I won't claim you can't see the join, but at least it won't annoy me as much as the groove would have. :lol:



A suitable bit of 4mm ply tacked on the back (with brass pins! I may be scraping the barrel but even so... :wink: ) and it's all done...



... and already in use. Hmm, there doesn't seem to be as much spare space for expansion as I'd hoped. :shock: Oh well, there's always the top... :wink: Oh, and someone's bound to notice; the shims at the front are because the floor isn't level. Okay? :roll:

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Very nice, Alf.

Aside from the Krenovian finish, you could have also named this project Media Cabinets. Pretty dumb, but that's what a client called the last ones I built. At least I got to charge more.

I do like the cherry/walnut combination.

Mike
 

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Nice work Alf! \:D/
Bit fast though-you keep this up and I talk to Charley! :lol:
Cheers
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Slow down Alf. You'll give yourself a nose bleed :) .

That's a lovely piece of work, and the photo's demonstrate the project from inception to completion with such clarity. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Another fan of The Biederbecke Affair, huh? Your stylish DVDs now have a stylish home to match.

Gill (Who's not too sure about Boat Anchors - some type of plane, presumably?.)
 

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Alf,
Between you and Slim I might just be persuaded to get my own boat anchor out - mind you, I think I can just spot the judder marks in the bottom of your grooves? :lol:

Anyway, hats off to you, you seem to have finished lots recently and I haven't so I am feeling very envious!
 

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Thanks, folks. I'm rather taken aback at this sudden flurry of activity too. Keep wondering if it's nearly Christmas... 8-[

Mike, walnut and cherry together is certainly a bit of a revelation to me; as you know it was something of a step into the unknown. As for a Media Cabinet; I don't think it can aspire to such heights. :D

Gill, you must have amazing eyesight. I am indeed a Biederbecke fan of long-standing; with a woodwork teacher as one of the main protagonists how could it be otherwise? :lol:

Chris, there are marks that look like judder marks, it's true. But it didn't judder. No really, it didn't. =; I was a bit thrown by it in fact; no serious length of shaving at all. I put it down to the walnut, based on the fact that was the new factor while the #45 is an old friend (yes, friend :p ). I keep meaning to ask how the tool cabinet is coming along? You've been awfully quiet about it.

Cheers, Not-so-small Al in the Moonstruck Outer Limits of Cornwall*

*Gill will get that even if no-ones else does
 

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Oh, I've never used the cherry/walnut combo before--but I'm glad you did. Now I think I will down the road.

And trust me :wink: I would have never called a pair of shelves media cabinets. I do know what I called them by the time I was done, but this here's a public forum :lol:

Mike
 

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Alf":y9vuwjq0 said:
Cheers, Not-so-small Al in the Moonstruck Outer Limits of Cornwall*

*Gill will get that even if no-ones else does
:lol:

And I didn't even need clarification from my brother, Little Norm :) ! I won't ask where you got the wood to make your CD/DVD stand for fear it would lead to a conversation with a mysterious grave-digger ;) .
 

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Worked out well Alf.


Rgds

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Alf":kb42mdee said:
I keep meaning to ask how the tool cabinet is coming along? You've been awfully quiet about it.
Alf,

I was afraid of that.. Well it is coming along but slowly - at the present rate I should have something to show about Christmas time!
 

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May I say well done Alf, I used to do all my woodwork by hand so I know the hard labour you must have put into that very nice cd stand.

I myself am now fully powered up, but the downside is that my workshop is very untidy and I keep bumping into large chunks of ironware.
 

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