Author Topic: Worm holes in Butternut  (Read 1382 times)

Tom M

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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2019, 11:22:37 AM »
The upper case went together easily once I made some plywood 90° clamp blocks to align the dovetailed top to the sides.  Prior to making these I was having a difficult time keeping the top and sides square. At this stage the only glue joint is the dovetail at the top.  Later I will peg the shelves.

To complete the top, I needed to round-over the front edge of the upper shelf (block plane and files) then form the molding on the middle “spoon” shelf.  This detail for hanging spoons took a lot of work for a feature which will never be used for its intended purpose – but it looks so cool!

When I was modeling the cabinet in CAD, the spoon shelf caused me the most problems – mainly because it took a while to figure out how it was made.  Once I was able to figure it out, I came up with a way to model it (which was easy once understood).  Breaking it down into steps made the work straight forward, but a little time consuming.

I started by planing the fillet on the bottom of the shelf.  This was ¾” x 1/8”. I then used a black plane to round the bottom elliptical shape finishing with a shoulder plane. Next up was the router table with a ½” cove bit.  (I don’t really hate the router when table mounted.) I then used my block plane and files to round over the front edge.

To lay out the spacing for the “dovetail” cuts I used two dividers.  One set at 3/8” and one at 1 ½”. Because there is not much material left to pencil a visual cut line, I decided to make a little saw guide. This worked better than expected. There were 40 cuts to be made!  After sawing I chiseled out the waste, and then spent almost 2 hours paring and filing all the curving edges.To complete the shelves, I routed the 3/8” coves for the plate grooves.

Next up? The face frames get mortise and tenons.

It took FOUR DAYS to get a reply to my last post… Come on people!
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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2019, 06:46:18 PM »
Tom-
I can’t believe this has not generated more posts. I know it takes a lot of time to document your progress with this level of detail and it is greatly appreciated.  The pictures tell a thousand words.  I read this very quickly over lunch without logging in so I did not see the pictures until I got home from work. I can imagine it was a very tedious process to chisel out the waste for the spoons.  Looks like it will be awesome once finished.  Good idea with the 90 degree brackets. I am also liking the character of the wormy wood. 
SAPFM members - this deserves your attention. POST!
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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2019, 09:41:24 AM »
Did you use butternut for the wedges?

Tom M

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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2019, 09:23:14 PM »
Yes, I used butternut for the wedge, and I can see that a harder wood for the wedges would have been smart.

No update on the project for today as I've transitioned into last minute make a Christmas gift mode!

But I will address a couple items from earlier...

I have no formal CAD training, but am a mechanical engineer.  I've messed around in NX at work - mostly for design analysis. I asked for training for years but never got it.  We have dedicated designers so why train the engineer?  I purchased TurboCAD about 20 years ago and have upgraded three times.  It is a complicated program and I have a love/hate relationship with it. Most of the hate comes from no training, and poor documentation (there is a 2000+ page manual...).  I used my personal copy at work for years and would then send a STP file to my designer to start him off.  I would be willing to bet many of your cars/truck have evap canisters that started life in a TurboCAD model!

I actually had the puppy in the shop for an hour today.  She just laid on the floor a couple feet from the table saw chomping on some butternut plane shavings. She stuck around with the dust collector and table saw running!

Someone asked if Gene had defined if the tenons were wedged in his notes.  (That person never met Gene or took one of his classes!)  Gene's handouts were very light on info.  There might be a sketch with some dimensions, and tracings of moldings, but not much else.  You would get all the other knowledge from the classes he taught.

There was also a question about the original.  I think Gene based the design off an original walnut stepback upper cabinet he had (picture). I'm attaching a picture of Gene's in-process, and competed.



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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2019, 09:52:39 PM »
Tom,
First of all, nice "Dog on it" shot of Abby. Just don't leave her alone in the shop with that hutch!
Speaking of shops, in one of your future posts you have to tell us about those benches I see in the background.


The hutch is progressing nicely. I'm very impressed with your scratch stock results. I've only recently gained enough confidence to use that process on one of my projects. I too hate routers. They scare the bejeebers out of me. I own two of them (inherited) and all the bits I suppose you would ever want, but I never use them.


That was me asking all the questions about your modelling software and Gene Landon. Thanks for the pictures of Gene's version of the hutch. I smiled when I saw how he finished his with wear marks around the doors and drawers. From what I understand he liked to his finish his projects so they looked like they were 100 years old. I remember reading that he would even scrub the bottoms of the foot on his cabriole legs with a brick to make them look like they had been dragged around. Don't know if that's true or just urban legend.
Much of the German furniture was painted like Gene's, but I can't imagine you have any intentions of painting yours.


I'm enjoying your build and appreciate your efforts in posting.


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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2019, 10:59:20 PM »
Nice work, Tom, and the makings of an article for the APF Journal if you'd like to offer it.

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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2019, 11:57:41 AM »
Looking good so far! Now that the Christmas gifts are done (?) I'm looking forward to an update !
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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2020, 10:39:54 AM »
Sorry for so long since the last post.  I had some last minute Christmas gifts to make and then decided to finish another project that I've worked on and off for four years.


One project was a small display case for my son which was designed to fit into an Ikea (ugh) cabinet he has for his entertaiment center. I used a piece of poplar which was hard as a rock and painted it black to match the Ikea (ugh).  It came out nice but the cost for the glass and shipping across country made it a rather expensive project! In hind site I really should have used plywood for the case and some of that hot melt glue veneer for the exposed part. It would have been much lighter and easier to work.  The only thing you see if the front as the cabinet is 12.5x12.5 and the cubby hole is 13x13...


I started a variation of a pie safe for our kitchen back at the end of 2015. The only glued-up board is the drawer bottom.  All but the top was beautiful clear white pine.  I think the top might have been red pine. Earlier this year I glued-up the door and made the drawer.  Then lastly I made the moldings.  The top's molding were carved or scraped. I finished it with milk paint and shellac. For the color we decided on Barn Red with a base of black. Black and mustard would be used on some of the moldings.


I really enjoyed the painting process. After applying the black undercoat I started painting the top red.  I stopped at this point because I thought the combination of the red top with the black cabinet looked good.  So I ended up painting the rest of the cabinet red (so it would show through under the black), and then black again. I used the mustard color sparingly as my wife did not like it. However after sanding and rubbing out the finish followed by some shellac she loved it (happy wife is my goal.)  I then turned the knobs, which was the first time I've used my lathe in years (excellent video by Phil Lowe: [size=78%]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyV85eQEWQE&list=PLVKzAyot6NChVgy3HHugHxN1mBRJS6c7u&index=6&t=0s[/size].) I used hand made iron hinges from Horton Brass. I moved it to the kitchen this past weekend.


And that brings me back to the Stepback Hutch.  After cleaning up my shop I laid out all of the face frame mortise and tenons.  I then spent some time fine tuning my mortise machine and tenoning jigs. Next up will be a lot of machining!



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Re: Worm holes in Butternut
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2020, 05:23:27 PM »
Well done. Very cute.