Friday, November 18, 2011

Not A Build Thread (II)

A few more pictures so share of this quick build of a shelf unit to store some compact discs. Not really a build thread, more of a show and tell with minimal descriptions.

The curly Cherry was a delight to plane but not so easy to photograph:

Since this rack can be hung on a wall or placed upon the ground or a table, I decided to form small feet on the bottom of the case sides by relieving a portion, and then decided to add a little detail:

Roughed out:

You can't say that I am without heart.

All of the shelf components, except for the back, planed and ready for assembly:

A gave each piece a wipe with shellac, mostly for the shelf boards as Cherry can be uneven in how it accepts finishes:

The case got assembled by a crack team of elves, and here I am trimming the double-wedged shelf tenons flush to the carcase sides:

The saw I am using in the above picture, my jobber flush cutting saw, is very slightly dull, so it does not cut perfectly flush - I used a paring chisel to clean up the remains:

Next I planed the corner joints flush with the sides of the cabinet:

Setting the case to one side, I turned to working on the framed back panel parts. First I planed one side of the 5/16" thick Cherry panel:

The frame for the panel is made from some quartersawn Jatoba scraps, and is 3/8" thick. The frame is assembled with haunched mortise and tenon joints, the tenons being only 3/16" thick, 1" wide by 3/4" long. Assembly went without a hitch, and after slathering on some glue, I clamped the parts together for assembly. I let that sit for a few minutes, and I then took the panel out of the clamps and placed it in the cabinet, and then re-clamped. This ensures that the framed panel will fit without a hitch in the cabinet:

The upper frame member on the back has a 3/16" wide, 3/16" deep tongue which engages into a corresponding groove on the carcase top board. The framed panel it tipped in upper end first, then rotated down and into the rest of the rebate on the carcase.

A view from the front after assembly:

Another view:

So there you have it. I will fix the back panel to the case using four screws through the back panel's Jatoba frame into the back edges of two of the shelf boards. Then I will put 4 holes into the back panel frame so that I can use another four screws to fix the cabinet onto the wall. I don't use metal fasteners very often, but in this case, where the entire case it to be screwed onto the wall, it seemed appropriate.

All that remains to do it a round of oiling or two, a scrub off with some 3M abrasive cloth or #0000 steel wool, and then a coat or two of wax.

Thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way - comments always welcome.


  1. A great looking cabinet Chris. The heart detail is a nice touch.

  2. Dale,

    thanks for the comment! I can't help but think I'm building a cabinet for a form of media that is already probably outdated, but it will give us a place to store the discs for then next while at least.



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