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The Key Cabinet is Done, off to Brooklyn for the summer!

Well folks, I’ve been busy these past 10 days. I rented bench space at the school a few days each week over the past two weeks and finished up the key cabinet. With this completed, I have finished all of the required North Bennet Street projects. (almost got them all done in 2 semesters)  Without further adieu, here’s it is […]

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NBSS Week 36: Key Cabinet, oh Key Cabinet… and the end of this semester (plus a move)

This week marks the end of year one for me here at NBSS. The short week started with a day off from school to move my new Boston digs. My wife and I loaded up a U-Haul with all of our belongs and made a short drive (2.2 miles) from Back Bay to Jamaica Plain […]

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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 […]

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NBSS Week 34 – Continuing the key cabinet, the Annual Celebration of Craft show begins, a clam and lobster boil, some golf, and a few surprises!

This week began with a little key cabinet work. Now that the door is veneered it was time to miter the 4 sides of the cabinet itself. This involved first applying some 45 degree MDF pieces to the outside corners of each of the 4 sides (to help with clamping later) and then cutting the […]

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NBSS Week 33 – Key cabinet work, my toolbox and candle box review, and some summer work preparations

This week began with shaping the coopered door for my key cabinet. After glue up it was quite close to my drafted radius of 24 ½ inches so I had just a little work to do to fair the curve inside and out. I started by using a spokes shave across the grain to knock […]

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NBSS Week 32 – Applying finish to complete the scales and basket weave table, completing the candle box and more work on the key cabinet

This week began on Saturday with a little spray finishing. The spray booth was available and both the scales and basket weave tables were ready to go so I put on some music and spent the day spraying. After a few days drying I finished the finish with a little light sanding and some wax. […]

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NBSS Week 31 – Finishing the basket weave and scales tables, plus starting the candle box and key cabinet

This week began with some more veneer work on the scales table. I finished the pattern over the weekend and on Monday I brought in the assembled sheet taped and ready for gluing to the tabletop.

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NBSS Week 30 – Drafting the key cabinet, parquetry and veneer work on the scales table

This week began with some drafting. I pulled out the full size drafting board, ripped off a big ol’ sheet of drafting vellum and began to layout and design the key cabinet. My overall dimensions are going to be 16”L x 12”W x 5”D. The front curvature is going to be based on a coopering […]

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NBSS Week 29- The basket weave table drawer, the scales table, and the design process on my case piece

  At the end of last week I had prepared all of the drawer pieces to begin cutting the dovetails on the basket weave table.

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NBSS Week 28 – Furniture Shows, the chair is finished, and the basket weave table gets glued together

  So if you thought I’ve been busy these past few weeks… well this week, oh boy! Monday started the beginning of Boston Design Week and I had two pieces in two different shows: the Rasta Stool in a show at the Design Center in the Seaport on Monday, and the Modern Chair in Design […]

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