Does this ever happen to you? You have some down time coming up and a vague plan begins to form in your mind that some woodworking could happen?
I do this every time a holiday comes along. This was true recently when I contemplated the days leading up to Christmas. For me, work slows down at this time. I sell killer carpets and rugs but when the Christmas tree goes up, new orders for flooring declines. Who wants their house disturbed after all the decorations are in place? And so, my day job becomes less hetic; I travel less, meaning that I am home more (where my workshop is).
But, whenever I think this way, more woodworking almost never happens. It is like this thinking actually puts bad karma on my goal to get some woodworking done. I jinx it. Plus, Christmas time is full of extra events: shopping, parties, family time, a colonoscopy. It was not until after Christmas that I got some meaningful shop time.
I had planned for the tool cabinet build process to go like this: add the back and then begin work on the face frame. Getting ready for Christmas kept me away from my lumber store, so I decided to work on the web frames which could be fabricated from some birch plywood I had on hand (where did this name originate – web frame? I found this web page, but nothing more)
Since my last post on this project, I decided to increase the number of web frames from three to six. This had me using every bit of left over plywood and then creative use of some scrap plywood as well.
Biscuits work pretty well for this type of operation. Once I get the web frames properly located within the tool cabinet, I’ll lock them in place with plenty of screws. With all these fasteners added, I think the web frames will be rock solid.
This was a lot of work. My goal was to have the six web frames completed by the end of the day today and I made that deadline; but not without some careful planning. Like “If I can get a pair of web frames glued up before church, they will be dry by mid-afternoon and I can get another two in clamps.” It was like that yesterday as well.
I have to say that my miter saw stand (see it here) has seen a lot of action with this project. Building the stand was one of the best things I have done to improve my shop work flow.
So, things are progressing nicely. I’ll buy material for the back this week as well as lumber for the face frame. That will keep my busy through the coming weekend.
ON A VERY SERIOUS NOTE: I mentioned that I had a colonoscopy recently. I got the results back from the doctor yesterday: one polyp removed; it was pre-cancerous, meaning no cancer which is great news. But, had I left it alone, it would have become cancerous; guaranteed to happen. This was at least my fifth colonoscopy and each time the process becomes easier. If you are at the age where a colonoscopy is advised, don’t play around with it. Have a colonoscopy performed and at least know what is going on inside you.
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