500 Cabinets A Showcase of Design & Craftsmanship by Ray Hemachandra

By Ray Hemachandra

From a closed hutch and bedside desk to cabinets, curios, and a waterfall chest of drawers, those 500 remarkable modern cupboards exhibit the artwork and craft of excellent furnishings making. those newly made works rejoice form, joinery, detailing, colour, or the delicate mixture of all these features. principally, every bit testifies to the layout and technical abilities of its author, and has that the majority helpful component of all mind's eye.

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Next, scribe the 5 ⁄8" tongue, referencing the face of the marking Strike zone. I prefer to strike my mortise layout lines with a sharp bench chisel. Smooth action. This arm has a nice loose fit through the rear jaw; this will enable the vise to work without binding. Line it up. Note that the bottom of the rabbet aligns with the top edge of the arm mortises. com ■ 47 Raamtang NO. ITEM T DIMENSIONS (INCHES) W L MATERIAL ❏ 2 Jaws 13⁄8 2 30 White oak ❏ 2 Arms 11⁄2 1 8 White oak ❏ 2 Wedges 3⁄ 4 33⁄8 123⁄8 White oak COMMENTS Taper to 1" Side action.

You can clean the tenon up further with a combination of spokeshave, scraper and sandpaper. Next up is cutting away the inside of the tops of the front legs to complete the recess for the slip seat. Rout away the bulk of the wood using a trim router with a 1 ⁄4" straight bit, and finish up with chisels and a gouge for the curved corner. If you’re building a set of chairs, you might want to make a pattern, clamp it in place and use that Reclamp. With the wedges seated, put the sub assembly back in clamps and wait for the glue to dry.

As time passed, new types of lumber were made available, novel forms of furniture emerged, and fashion began to dictate slimmer drawer components. English cabinetmakers abandoned the exterior groove, instead designing cases in which drawers rode directly on their bottoms. But the bottoms wore and nails loosened, compromising the integrity of both drawer and case. Something needed to be done. In particular, the drawer bottom needed to be raised. The most straightforward solution was to affi x slender pieces of wood underneath the bottom and sides.

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