Month: March 2013

A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part twelve

Part twelve of the cabinetmaker’s toolchest series, this video starts with pinning the mortise and tenon joinery in the handle as well as the top runners down into the chest sides. I use Miller Dowel System for both the structural benefit as well as its aesthetic appeal. Pinned joinery is something I do in most of my work and this application is much the same process; after the joinery is glued and the clamps are still in place on the work piece, I drill the holes and drive the wooden dowels through the joints. The Miller Dowel holes are...

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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part eleven

The last Monday in March and time for the next installment of the toolchest build. Part eleven; making the handle and feet. After dimensioning the parts for the handle, feet and top runners from beautiful, quarter sawn cherry in the last video, the next clip starts at the shooting board, fine tuning the length of each part for a perfect fit. Once the parts are fit, the lap joinery is scribed and cut, a series of crosscuts are made on the bench hook and the waste is removed with some chisel work. With the lap joinery complete, the side...

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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part ten

Moving right along with the toolchest build, this video is already the tenth in the series! How time flies…. the tenth in the series and I’m just realizing that the tune in this clip is one I recorded 20 years ago this year. Twenty years! ~ ; ) I still feel like that same 21 year old on most days; I continue to have an eagerness to learn new things, a burning drive to better the things that I already know, and the eyes to allow myself the time to find inspiration in the world around me. Whether you’re...

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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part nine

March break. On the one hand it seemed to last forever and on the other- the wink of an eye. Mine ended with an ears, throat and nose bug to battle, but I’m back on the mend and have some more video edited for you. The Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest, part nine. This video begins with a healthy rub of oil/varnish on all of the interior carcase panels. Someone commented on YouTube that they were looking forward to the finish and I’m sorry to disappoint. Finishing isn’t a climax at the end of the project but more, a slow and steady...

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Speaking of Toolchests…

Speaking of toolchests,  I’m putting the finishing touches on the one I’ve been working on lately and still have some videos to edit when I can. I’ll try to get the next one posted later this week. Classes have been insanely busy lately and now, some new commissions to go along with them! It never rains until it pours….(I’m not complaining) All that combined with the everyday life-things that are keeping me out of the wood shop lately, it’s been a juggling act to say the least and oh- did I mention I received the final proofs for the...

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