This is my first blog post of 2016. It has been about six weeks since my last blog post and I am afraid this frequency of blogging will only continue for the foreseeable future.
I have been operating this blog since 2009; a long time for a blog. During this period I have seen a number of really good woodworking blogs go dormant. I actually thought about walking away from blogging. One truth about running a blog is the more you write, the better your traffic will be (assuming you are doing all the right things to promote your blog posts). For me, keeping a regular posting schedule requires constant creating. I write almost exclusively about what I am making – I don’t write philosophically about woodworking, so my posts are a result of me being able to get shop time so I can build something.
And, I have been active in my workshop, but there is pressure to conclude the next step in a build process so I can write about it here on my blog; keeping my traffic up. It is this self-imposed pressure which I have decided to rid my life of. Each blog post usually includes a SketchUp illustration. There are photos to tweak (because the light in my shop is still poor) and each post has a story of sorts which I write, then edit, and edit again (and again). Creating the actual blog post is a lot of work.
But, I like blogging so I will continue to write, but my blog posts will only be about once a month unless something unusual pops up.
n the time since my last post, I have made some big progress on the tool cabinet. I have been working on the face frame which has been harder than I had expected. The face frame is made of cherry which means I have had to break down large boards into smaller ones, run everything through my planer.
Once boards have been broken down, a woodworker should let them settle or acclimate to their new home in my workshop. The idea is that once boards are broken down, they may warp a little. I never do this mainly because I am always in a hurry. These cherry boards did warp afterwards, but I just planed them straight; a mostly successful process. But, I am getting ahead of my self. Lets look at some photos of what has been going on…
The face frame still needs rails for the upper drawers before I permanently attach it in place. Using pocket screws isn’t fool-proof. I had to re-make at least three joints due to the boards shifting while driving the screws. But, all in all, pocket screws are a fast way to join two boards.
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