NBSS Week 35 – Some more key cabinet details and a field trip to New Hampshire

Two more weeks to go, time to get cranking on the key cabinet. With all of the interior grooves cut last week I spent the first half of this week pre-finishing the pierced panel. With that completed it was time to glue together the case. The process was a bit stressful as all interior pieces fit together like a puzzle and had to fit correctly during the glue-up or the mitered corners would not close completely. I experienced some problems gluing in the splines and learned a valuable lesson about the process: Don’t try to slide the splines in from the top (like I did when dry fitting the case) once the glue is applied, because the tackiness of the glue will not allow the tight tolerance splines to fully seat. I had to take apart the case and insert the splines fully while the slots on the edges were exposed and then assemble the sides together. (Four sides coming together all at once made me wish for a few more hands!)

While the case was in clamps with the glue drying, I took some measurements in the back and cut the rear panel. I then located and marked the locations for the screw holes that will hold the panel to the case, cut the slots, and drilled the holes. With the panel fitted, I started painting it. The front is turquoise and this is what will be seen illuminated through the holes in the pierced key hook panel.


The back I painted a vivid dark blue using the same paint I used on the base of my shaker night stand.

With the case all together it was now time to fit the door to the case. This involved hand planing the case to fit the curvature of the door. If everything went well during the construction process this should involve minimal material removal. I had very little “tweaking” to do as my door retained its shape after gluing on all of the face veneers and my case was constructed very close to that curve.

With these two pieces now matched up it was time to trim the door to size. This was a bit tricky as I had to cut the door 1/16 shorter in width and height to allow for the thickness of the veneer when I glue the edge veneer on the door (the edge veneers had to be applied after the door was fit to the case and cut to size). I then glued on the edge veneers.
















Next I moved on to laminating some plywood together to make the veneered insert on the interior bottom of the case that will hide the light. Here’s the piece after I shaped it, fitted it, and glued on the veneer.

Our Thursday lecture this week was given by a special guest speaker, the wife on one of our fellow students, Ellie Cushing . She is employed in the marketing field and gave us a very well put together summary of the current social media sites and the best ways to utilize them to help grow awareness of our woodworking personalities and businesses. We all enjoyed the presentation and I believe that we’ll be able to convince her to return next semester for an even more in depth discussion.

Also Thursday, we had the “meet the maker” social event as part of the NBSS Annual Celebration of Craft. It was a fantastic way for us to socialize with potential clients as well as meet some of our fellow exhibitors.

A great time was had by all and I can’t wait to be a part of it again next year. One of my fellow classmates, Grant Burger   (blue shirt) even sold his custom Maloof meet Shaker style rocking chair! (back of photo)

On Friday the class took a field trip to 4 different wood shops. The first was Mark Richey Woodworking, a 100,000-square-foot behemoth of automation and cutting edge woodworking technology. We then visited Salmon Falls Mills the complex where Matt Wadja and Allan Breed have their workshops in rural New Hampshire. It was interesting to see all the different way that woodworkers are making a living in the craft and to observe the differences in shop layout and flow.

Up next week, graduation day for our fourth semester classmates, some more key cabinet details, and moving to a new area in Boston, oh my! Until then……

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