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    Furniture, small boxes, cabinets.

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  1. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    I love that piece. He posts pictures of it here and there on his instagram. Strange about the clear ash. Id have thought there would be plenty of it in your area.
  2. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Thanks alot! Im jealous. Id love to take a class from him. What are you building?
  3. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Thanks alot Kev!! Thanks Steve! Yep, signed and dated on the back.
  4. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Well we are in the home stretch now on the Pekovich Cabinet. All thats left to do is make the kumiko, fit it in the door, and hang the door. To start the kumiko, I bought a 12" long piece of 12/4 basswood, and used my bandsaw to rip two 9/16 wide strips, then planed them down to 1/2." I make the grid the way Mike P shows in his Kumiko article in fine woodworking. Its a jig that I clamp to my miter gauge, thats pretty much a box joint jig. The distance between the cross cuts dictates the length and width of the finished kumiko panel. Its important to get this pretty close, test on scrap. I use a flat grind, full kerf blade to cut the grooves for the half laps. I want to mention that its important to use a full kerf blade. My first go around making kumiko, i didnt have one, only a thin kerf blade. The thinner pieces make cutting the angles difficult, and they dont like to hold together. The thicker pieces from the full kerf have more purchase when fit together. Then rip the individual strips out. I really have to flubber with the fence and scrap to get the fit just right. Its the most challenging part of the process, in my opinion. Then I cut the pieces to length with a hand saw and saw hook. I skimmed the ends on my shooting board to get them perfect. Then I can fit the grid together. Then its all about the inner pieces. First do the diagonals. They have 45 degree cuts on both ends. You really have to mess around with your jig to get the stop set just perfect. It is very helpful to have 2 jigs for each angle. Set one to be a little long, then have another jig set to cut the other side of the piece to length. Heres piece in the jig getting chiseled to length. And all the diagonals fit. Then cut a bunch of short little pieces and cut 22.5 degree angles on one end of each, with your 22.5 degree jig. Then on the other end of those pieces, use each of your 67.5 degree jigs to cut the pieces to length. With the 67.5 degree ends, you have to have one side cut deeper so the flat is bigger, its hard to describe ill post a picture of what it looks like. And those pieces fit together like so- I put the bigger flats together, im not sure if thats how Mike does it, but it works either way. I didnt take any pictures of the last pieces of the puzzle, but you get the idea now. They are just little short pieces with 45's on both ends, and they lock everything in place. Then after its all fit, pull it back apart piece by piece, and dab a little glue on all the ends, and the grid half laps, and put it back together. I actually did this as I went along, and not all at once. Heres the kumiko panel, before i fit it to the door opening. I just used a hand plane and shooting board to finesse the kumiko to fit the opening just right. I didnt glue it in, just slip fit it, and called it good. Its not going anywhere. And here we have it, the Pekovich Cabinet. I hope you enjoyed the journal, and once again, thanks for reading.
  5. woodbutcher

    White Oak Entertainment Center

    Awesome Denette. Your journals are great as are the things you build. Keep them coming.
  6. woodbutcher

    Morris Chair

    Do you not use card scrapers Blue? When I have trouble with tear out when trying to smooth, a few blasts with a scraper and a quick hit with 220 grit is all it takes to remove mill marks and get smooth.
  7. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Sweet dresser Mick! Where did you find those door pulls?
  8. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Thats what it is! I knew it had a name. Couldnt think of it.
  9. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Well its update time again on the Pekovich. Next up was the back panels. I resawed and bookmatched some ash, then rabbeted the edge so they would lap over each other. Is that a rabbet? Half lap? What do they call that? Well whatever, heres the picture. And finished, and nailed into the back of the cabinet. A while before this, and i just hadnt taken pictures, i turned some knobs out of walnut for the door and drawer. The first one turned out ok, and im pretty happy with the second one. They arent close to identical, but thats ok. I made a door stop using a small block and a magnet that i inserted flush. I screwed the block into the underside of the top. I used a screw in the back of the door to keep the door closed. The screw also allows me to precisely control the depth the door closes. Heres the magnet in the case. I will hang the cabinet on the wall with a french cleat. Heres that, just some discolored ash. And finally for this update, the cabinet as it stands now. Next update will be the last. And probably the one everyones been waiting for, the kumiko. And the final product. Almost there! Thanks for reading. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  10. woodbutcher

    New shop and beginner woodworker

    If you decide to make a small table, such as a shaker, or whatever, Id recommend making it with a drawer. You dont have to dovetail it, but theres so many parts to drawer making that are valuable to know. My first real project was two shaker tables. They are a crash course in joinery and techniques, but nothing complex, M & T's, breadboard ends, dovetails, and tapered legs. I didnt find the project overwhelming as a first project, and I didnt have all that much for tools when I made them. So Im with the others that said a small side table would be a great starter project. But I think making it with a drawer is the way to go.
  11. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Thanks! Yes those are easily the best on the project so far. Very happy with them. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk Thanks. I thought I saw him doing it once. Its a great technique, saves alot of work. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  12. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Well its update time again. Been working on the drawer for a good while and have been taking care of other details as well. I havent been taking many pictures of late, apologies for that. But heres what i have for the drawer. After planing down some ash to 1/2" thick, i cut the tails for the back. I got a little confuzzled on how to lay out the lower tail to account for the drawer bottom. I almost put the pin too low and would have had to run the groove for the drawer bottom lower than id feel comfortable. I aim to have the groove start 1/4" from the bottom edge of the sides and front. I was still able to acheive that, but only just. So with the back dovetailed to the sides, I laid out and cut the tails for the front. Then i used the good ol' tape trick for the half blinds on the front. Then sawed at a 45* angle to the tape edge. Heres a new to me trick. I think Marc does this i cant remember. I took an old crappy dovetail saw and put it in the saw kerf from before. Then took a hammer and tapped it down through whats left from sawing at an angle. Take small bites with this!! Im glad i tested the theory on scrap, i tried cutting through all the waste at once and it split the board. I cut out only an 1/8" at a time and it goes through much easier. Still stressful though. I used the drill press and a forstner bit to hog out the waste of the half blinds. It really speeds up the process big time. Didnt get a picture of this or anything else for the drawer from here. Next time i do any half blind dovetailing, i think im gonna buy a lie nielsen fishtail chisel. Its alot of money to spend on a single chisel, but getting into the nooks and crannies of a half blind tail socket is a pain with anything else. Even my 1/4" chisel that i ground the sides down. Anyway, heres the already glued up and finished drawer. And the drawer stop in the case. It was hard to bring myself to run screws into the bottom of the case, but i wanted to be able to remove the stop and fine tune it. Thats it for this one. Getting close now! Thanks for reading. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  13. woodbutcher

    Bessey Clamp Question

    I have Bessey Jr's and love them. Plenty of clamping power for my needs and they dont weigh a ton like the big ones. The shortest ones I have are 18", but id love a couple 12" as well. But I suppose its all in what you make.
  14. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    Thank you! After the drawer im gonna do the back. Ill resaw some ash, then half lap the edges. Im a little nervous about resawing the ash that I have, the boards are 13/16" thick. Im hoping for 1/4 " thick at least, thats gonna be cutting it close i think. Thanks Kev!
  15. woodbutcher

    The Pekovich Cabinet

    So before i could glue up the door, i surface prepped all the parts, and broke the edges with a block plane. The grain on the rails and stiles was pretty straight, so i was able to use my hand plane to do the bulk of the prep, then i did a quick pass with 220 sandpaper and a sanding block. Im a big fan of prefinishing, it helps with glue squeezeout removal, and makes final finishing easier when i finish the spots that can be hard to reach when things are glued up. So i put a couple coats of shellac on the door panel, and the edges of the rails and stiles. Then i glued the door. That was stressful, as most glueups are. Lots of parts, not much time. I should have used Titebond 3 for the door, longer open time than TB1. But it went ok. Once the door was glued and out of clamps, i fit the door to the opening. I did this with handplanes. Im always afraid of taking too much when using the table saw, i feel way more in control with a hand plane. With the door fit to the opening, i mortised the hinges into the hinge strip, then transferred the location to the door. I mortised the hinge leaves flush, which i always thought was the way to do it. But when i hung the door, the gap between the door and hinge strip was huge! At least 1/8", probably more. I didnt take a picture cause i kind of freaked at that point. I recessed the hinges deeper into door and strip, a good 1/32" on each, and finessed the gap with a hand plane. I took a picture of the hinge with the leaves parallel. Those are Horton Brasses by the way. Nice hinges. I would have went Brusso, but they didnt have a real dark finish like these, that was a must for this project. Finally, for this update, is the muntins for the door. I took an offcut from the door panel, and planed it down to a 1/8" thick. Then i ripped the strips out a little heavy of the 7/16" wide that the grooves are. I fit the strips to the right width with a couple hand plane passes. Then i cut to rough length with a saw and saw hook. Then shot the ends to the exact fit. And glued them in. That wraps up the door, and it was quite the challenge. Next up, the drawer. Should be fun. Thanks for reading. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk