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Benchwork Project
Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:59 PM

It was late last fall I decided the cantilevered benchwork coming out from the wall was a very bad idea.  Originally the plan was to put commercial slides so I could slide the crib out two feet from the wall to duck under and work on the backside of the layout.

I found out rather quickly I don't like duck unders.  I got sick of ducking under to work on the layout as the productivity became less and less in the months ahead.  Again it was a very bad idea so I decided to make bench work on casters with wheels.

The wood was selected from research and I decided the Clear Premium Pine from New Zealand was the best.  So I had the Bear send it up to me late last fallWhistlingLaughSmile, Wink & Grin

He sure has some nice wood up thereHuh?

I cut all the boards to length after a plan was made so all the lengths could be determined prior to assembly.

I just love the Kreg Jig, it is one of my favorite tools.

I made a few handfuls of cabinets for customers over the years with field tools on site.  I always enjoyed this kind of work as I think it's fun.

I'm going to knock off a bit here before everything I put together with my phone disappears into Oblivion.  

 

More to come laterWink

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, March 13, 2021 8:28 PM

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the Kreg Jig.  Those who are not, as far as I'm concerned the Kreg Jig was one of the best inventions for woodworking.

It replaces multiple hours of time gluing, clamping, adjusting, and waiting.  This jig turns all that into an effortless short time putting cabinet face frames together.

These are the three sizes of board stock used in the cabinet face frames.  3 1/2 for the bottom rails,  2 1/2 for the top rails and 1 1/2  for the uprights is plenty of support to hold the top frame and the layout.

After all the members were Kreg Jigged, the face frames took about an hour and a half to assemble at a relaxed pace.  Nobody needs to be a carpenter to work with a Kreg Jig.  Easy, It ain't no thing. 

I'll catch up with you guys here tomorrow.

 

Thanks for lookingWink

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:25 PM

This is all very interesting. I am looking forward to more updates.

-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, March 14, 2021 3:17 AM

Hi TF,

Very interesting! I look forward to seeing your future posts on the benchwork construction.

Dave

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, March 14, 2021 10:41 AM

That Kiwi wood will be Radiata Pine, which is native to the mountains of California. Grows about four times as fast in NZ. So fast, a Radiata plantation is a feasible retirement investment, if you start before you're 40. 

Alyth Yard

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, March 14, 2021 11:01 AM

Yes

Good stuff, keep the pics coming.

Brent

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, March 14, 2021 12:06 PM

Thank you for your interest gentleman.

Well I guess we left off here.

I don't seem to be able to locate the assembly pictures or maybe I was just a bit excited to get the thing put together. 

The assembly was pretty basic.  3) 3/4 inch corner brackets per corner were used for the assembly.  In case I decide to upgrade to a larger condo that I've been kind of leaning towards, I want to be able to take this large cabinet apart for the move down the hall. 

The cabinet was made so the crib would have a 8 inch overhang.  7-8 inches to tuck your dogs under is that much less of a lean for a happier back while ones working on things.  Triangular pieces of pine were installed in the four corners for the caster wheels.  Those not only suited their purpose to fasten the casters but put everything into square.

 

I got to run but I'll catch up with you guys this evening.

 

Thanks for lookingWink

 

 

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:16 PM

That's a very impressive looking platform, TF!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:54 PM

Good evening

Thanks MarkYes

It became Winter after I made the face frames and got them all together to support the layout.

I have a master key to the building.  The Boiler Room seemed to be a good place to go continue the benchwork project while it was cold outside.

I don't like the Boiler RoomTongue TiedIndifferent  I hadn't been down there in over a year.  I saw a shadow move out of the corner of my eye.  I turned to look but it was gone.

I called my Brother up that night and told him about it.  Do you know what he said?  Of course you don't.

First of all he busted a gut when I told him I thought I seen a Boiler Room Monster out of my profile vision.

He calmly said, Relax Bro.  Don't look that way anymore while you're down there.  Just continue with what you're doing and they will continue with what they doLaugh

So I never looked that way again and I haven't had a problem since.

I didn't have a rabbit blade.  So I ran the cabinet door frame stock through the table saw plenty of times to get the rabbit

Rabbit dado cuts take a while when you don't have the right blade.

I don't care!  I mill them anyway.

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, March 14, 2021 9:00 PM

Freddy Kruger was prone to hanging about in boiler rooms.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, March 14, 2021 9:21 PM

SeeYou190

Freddy Kruger was prone to hanging about in boiler rooms.

Yep!

That's exactly what I was thinking Kevin.

I have timidly stopped back to that room to bravely look behind the Boilers.  I cannot find him now, I'm almost hoping he comes back so I can get a better look at himWhistlingLaugh

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, March 15, 2021 1:00 AM

Track fiddler
I cannot find him now, I'm almost hoping he comes back so I can get a better look at him

Just take a nap, he will find you in your dreams...

Seriously though... your work on the base for your layout is looking very good. I can't wait to see more.

-Kevin

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, March 15, 2021 1:34 AM
Mr TF, I must make a serious complaint about your misleading title to this thread!
 
“Benchwork Project”!! What a load of old rubbish!!
 
“Quaility Custom Craftsman Cabinetmaking” would be far more appropriate!
 
Cheers, the BearSmile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, March 15, 2021 9:24 AM

“Quaility Custom Craftsman Cabinetmaking” would be far more appropriate!

Indeed! A fine piece of MRR cabinetry like that would make a wife insist you set it up in the living room.YesYes 

Brent

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, March 15, 2021 9:27 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys, appreciated.

Bear, you put another one of those big smiles on my faceBig Smile  Thank you

 

The Kreg Jig was used to put the cabinet frames together as well.

For the panels quarter inch beaded wainscoting was used.  They had to be cut to length and laid out. The end pieces of the four panels had to be trimmed so the board pattern was centered.

Then one of the pieces of the frame was taken off so the panel's could be slid into the dato slots.

And those are the six cabinet door panels in three stacks of two.

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, March 15, 2021 10:17 AM

BATMAN
 

 
LaughLaughLaugh
 
Thanks Brent.  I guess Judy's a pretty tolerant woman.  I'm a lucky guy!
 
 
 
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Posted by kasskaboose on Monday, March 15, 2021 2:55 PM

Nice work with the lumber and pic.  Can you reach all of the layout regardless of location?

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, March 15, 2021 5:10 PM

kasskaboose

Nice work with the lumber and pic.  Can you reach all of the layout regardless of location?

 

Thanks Kass

Yep,  Its on wheel casters now.  I can easily pull it out a couple feet from the wall to work on the back.  My reach is only 25 inches as the layout width is 50" wide.

Well,  I might as well post the last picture of the finished cabinet.  I used a hand-rubbed oil stain I was introduced to from my high school shop teacher Cliff.  He was such a talented woodworker and taught me so many things back then.

Danish Oil.  I love that stuff and I've been using it on any pine project all these years.  Cliff also introduced me to the owner of the old school Lumber yard in the Kabetogama State Forest.  Rufus was such a great guy.  He only had one hand from a bad Sawmill accident that happened years before we moved up there.

He would cut Rip-cuts of older Norway Pines and I would make coffee tables and end tables that Cliff taught me how to make.  I stained them with the Danish Oil and sold them at our Resort.  I knew Rufus never charged me what that custom cut and kiln-dried lumber was worth.

 

Well there it is.  The Finished layout benchwork.  I saw no reason to finish the back side and the right side as the layout will always be parked by the two walls in the corner.  I could finish those other two sides some day if I'm looking for something to do I suppose.

I'd like to thank you guys for following along and all the great compliments you gave me too.  I'll park this thread on the back burner and resurrect it when I get the guts inside of the cabinet done.  I'm planning on having a bunch of pull outs inside the end doors.

 

Thanks again gentlemanWink

 

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, March 15, 2021 5:59 PM

Wow!

Fantastic results and well worth the effort you put into it.

Bow

-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, March 15, 2021 9:11 PM

Very nice TF.

I bet you could sell that in a heartbeat if or when you wanted to start a new project/layout.

Brent

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, March 15, 2021 9:42 PM

Nice work TF!Thumbs UpYeah

I love doing cabinet work, not that I have done tons of it. I always get a kick out of peoples' faces when you tell them "I made that". So far anyhow, most of the looks have been positive.Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaugh

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by energizer on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:57 AM

Great work TF. what size is the layout.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:15 AM

Nice work TF !  Actually, excellent work!

I've been following along. 

Are some of those doors?  or all fixed panels?

Mike.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:31 AM

Good morning

Thanks you guys!

The layout is 51"x 87" Energizer, it was 4'x7' but I needed 3 more inches for after thoughts.

The four front doors open to 110° Mike.  I used some spendy concealed hinges l found at Rockler.  The doors are not open all the way for the picture because it's a mess under thereWhistling  The two side doors are fixed panels.

The top crib is removable so I can tip the whole layout on its side when it's time to do wiring.

 

Thanks again for the compliments as they made me happy this morningWink

 

 

 

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Posted by SandaValleyRR on Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59 AM

That is some excellent work, nice looking and functional.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:59 AM

Thanks SandaValley.  I appreciate thatSmile

 

 

TF

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