12 January 2013

Temperature Troubles


The last few days on this cabinet have been a bit slow, to say the least, mainly because all the constituent parts have been prepared, such as planing all the interior and exterior surfaces.  Two mm thick bandawn veneer really does mean that you can treat the surface as solid....

















...and take off quite a lot of material.  If you care to look more closely at the pic, you'll see that the end section is lying not on the bench, but on a piece of cushion flooring which gives a really good, soft (but not too squishy) protective surface.  What's even better is that if you'd care to go round your local carpet emporium, you can often pick up a gash piece(s) free and gratis...which is what I did and being a parsimonious sort of soul, that works for me!  

Inserts for the hinges have also been routed...














...so that those 6mm slots will have a bit of decent hard wood in them for the screws to bite into rather than some mushy MDF. 

























All internal surfaces have been lightly sanded down to 320g, masked off and given a couple of coats of my favourite matt Osmo Poly-X hardwax oil, followed by a good slathering of my equally favourite Alna teak wax, several tins of which I fortuitously bought just before I left college in 1979.

The separate drawer assembly has been put together, seen  here below at the 'dry-run' stage being cramped from both sides of the bench.  The reason for that happening is that I have a removable bench-well tray bottom...and if your bench hasn't got one, I'd suggest it's severely lacking!

















It's all come together quite nicely then, no major problems.  The completed dry assembly looks good, it's all polished, it all fits, hinge and door catch mortises have been cut, drawer assembly glued together, it's all good, so I'm ready for the big 'glue-up'...

















Except that the bloody temperature in the 'shop is reading...




















...6deg C or 42deg F, well below the 50deg F min.  As I intend to use Cascamite for the glue-up, it means that the job would have to stay in cramps for for the next month....

Hell's teeth and buggeration!

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