What you see above is for me a tremendous distraction for my woodworking. College football. It’s funny that I really could care less about professional football; I don’t even follow the success of former University of Alabama stars like the Atlanta Falcon’s Julio Jones. There is a thrill I get watching college football that I don’t get watching the pros.
The photo is pre-game from the Alabama vs. Kent State (September 24th); an 11:00 am kickoff which should have meant at least some decent air, but as soon as we arrived on campus about 9:00, we knew it was going to be a tough weather day. And it was – Tuscaloosa, Alabama set a record high temperature that day. The stadium soon felt like an oven. Multiple large cups of lemonade could not keep us cool (lemonade = genius marketing idea). Misery began to set in as the second quarter got underway. When halftime arrived, my wife turned to me and said, “Can we go now?” Alabama lead 41-0 at the half; the game was already a blow-out. I reluctantly said “Yes.” On the way out of the stadium, my wife, daughter and I passed scores of people trying to beat the heat. An EMS cart was heading into the stadium and I saw two ambulances leave for the hospital; lights and sirens activated signaling an urgent run to the ER. It was fun to be there, but dang it was hot!
Game day means that some of what I normally get done around the house is moved to Sunday. And woodworking takes a back seat due to time constraints. Since then, I have spent a lot of time watching college football and my workshop has seen little activity. But, I have completed the three upper drawer boxes for my new tool cabinet.
I did some final sanding and fitting this morning. This involved some minor hand plane work, but even a little hand plane work is fun. One issue I needed to take care of: three poorly fitted drawers. Two were a little loose in their drawer openings and the second from the bottom drawer stuck out about 1/4″ too much.
Since I only screwed these drawer runners in place, I could easily remove them and add a shim to move the drawer runner inward until I got a good fit.
The fix for the lower drawer which stuck out too much required removal of the drawer from the metal slides and moving the slides rearward the required distance. Pretty easy to fix.
Next up will be removal of all the drawers and some touch-up hand plane work on the face frame to make sure all the components are flat with each other. Once this is done, I’ll take the choice curly maple seen above and begin adding the drawer fronts to each drawer. I’ll need to bring the maple’s thickness down to 3/4″ which I may do next weekend at the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild monthly meeting. They have their shop open after the meeting. I plan to use their big planer to help get the 3/4″ thickness.
Concerning drawer pulls; I am 99% certain I’ll use a combination of rustic brass hardware on the lower two and upper three drawers. The lower two will also get one matching label holder. The middle six drawers will get a combination label holder and pull. See what I am considering at House of Antique Hardware by clicking here.
Some pretty fun stuff coming up. From this point forward, most of the work on my tool cabinet will be decorative which will help the final look of the tool cabinet take shape.
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