Archive for March, 2010

Sideboard Update.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Hey all.

I know, I know, I haven’t been here in forever.  It’s been a while since i posted.  When I have time, I seem to lack motivation and when I have motivation, I seem to lack the time.  Tonight I seem to have both so I’m taking full advantage.

So, work is progressing nicely on the sideboard.  Follow this link to see the original.  It is the third on down.  Tho original had four drawers and this one has two drawers and two doors.  The original was much smaller.  It was four feet wide and this one is six.  I was concerned about this at first.  That’s a lot of sideboard for four legs.  I have the carcase dry fit and I am no longer worried.  It’s solid.  I made the original from mdf and veneer.  This time i found some 6/4 bird’s-eye maple and this made all the difference.  It was expensive, but definitely worth it. I’ll have a picture next time.  It’s really some great bird’s-eye.  So far I have the carcase dry fit and the drawers cut out.  I need to get a sheet of plywood for the drawer bottoms so I can get them glued up.  I had to get two different length drawer slides because with the bow-front, the drawers are angled at the front which means one side is longer than the other.  I don’t like to use slides but in this case I can’t come up with a better solution.  I had a real problem with hinges.  Any hinges I could find that would work looked awful and any nice ones wouldn’t work.  I ended up going with knife hinges.  I’m a little scared of them.  There is no wiggle room with these.  They either fit or they don’t.  You only get one shot.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I’m sure it will be fine, it’s just going to be a pain to fit them.

Enough of that for now.  I have had some small jobs here and there but nothing too substantial.  I have been spending a lot of time working other places too.  I’ve got plenty to do but scheduling gets a bit tricky.  One interesting job I had recently was down the road a bit.  There is an old house that has been empty as long as I can remember.  I heard it’s been about 75 years since anyone has lived there.  It’s an old brick house that’s really in good shape considering.  anyway, someone bought it and is fixing it up to rent out.  He called me because the front door had been kicked in and very badly repaired.  It’s a big door with arched panels.  He wanted me to fix it.  I agreed and took it.  I gotta say, It came out great.  Kinda scared me a little because I started tearing it apart knowing that if i couldn’t fix it, I was going to have to make a new one.  Now he wants me to fit it and install the mortised lockset.  I don’t really want to do this but I have to get to it.

Lastly, The weather is supposed to be spectacular this weekend so you know where I’ll be.  Maybe I’ll see you out there.

feel free to e-mail me or visit my website.  www.brooksidewoodworking.com

Thanks for reading.  Until next time.