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New Tool Cabinet: Building the Drawers, Part 2

Just a quick update on the tool cabinet. I have now completed three drawers and am working on the fourth. The process is pretty much the same as in my last post. An issue I was facing which I wanted to correct for the remaining drawers was wood splitting when driving dowels into the drawer fronts and backs. See the photo below from my last blog post… The fix for this has been to add the suggestions of both Greg Merritt and Pem at Clover Moon Designs who offered ideas in the comments. I changed dowels from 1/4″ cherry to 1/4″ fluted pine. I was using cherry to provide some contrasting color when looking at the drawer sides. The fluted pine dowels allow excess glue to escape the hole resulting in less pressure and force. The drawer fronts and backs are pine and pine can easily split. I added a couple of extra steps: sanding the dowels a little to reduce the amount of force needed to drive them home (as is, the new dowels …

New Tool Cabinet: Building the Drawers, Part 1

I read The Anarchist Tool Chest by Chris Schwarz and liked it. I finished his landmark book more than a year ago and after taking it all in, I decided to focus on developing a set of quality joinery techniques which I would then continue to use and perfect. I bought a fence to help me easily make mortises with my router (the mortise = the difficult step in making a mortise and tenon joint). Of course, Mr. Schwarz would cut a mortise by hand, but I think adopting mortise and tenon joinery vs. pocket screws would make him happy; even if I use a router. And, after using pocket screws extensively on this project, I am not inclined to use them this extensively ever again. For drawers, my preference, at least for now, is making the corner joinery using dowels. I am certain there are woodworkers who would tell me that creating dovetails for drawers is just as fast and easy. I’ll bet they would be right given enough time to get good at …

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Highland Woodworking

What a day. I spent the better part of Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at Highland Woodworking, location for one of Lie-Nielsen’s Hand Tool Events. I have wanted to attend one of these shows for quite some time; I have seen videos and photos from various Lie-Nielsen events across North America, but never at a location and time which worked for me. When I saw Lie-Nielsen’s announcement for the Atlanta event, I made a point to be there. And since I own a LN #4 smoother and a #60 1/2 R block plane, I really wanted to go. By the way, I used my cell phone to take these photos – they are a little fuzzy… I had received a message that the MWA Atlanta group was going to meet there at 10:00 a.m. When I arrived it was already crowded. One reason: the appearance by Chris Schwarz. I spent a lot of time talking with Scott Meek of Scott Meek Woodworks. Scott makes premium wooden body hand planes in the Krenov style. The monstrous plane …