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Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 04-23-2017

A *long* overdue project has begun for mother-in-law.   Recent remodel had increased her 1st-floor bathroom size, but removed a closet.

Here was 3-weeks-ago 'tenoning project' to shore up the short-term hanger area:

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/Interim%20Wardrobe%20After_zpsmjs3ydcm.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Interim Wardrobe After_zpsmjs3ydcm.jpg"/>

Now I've started piecing together some sort of a wardrobe frame:

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/Wardrobe%20Skeleton_zps1a2fv8ah.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Wardrobe Skeleton_zps1a2fv8ah.jpg"/>

Today I found the LN140 could do a lot of rabbeting.  Easier to take the tool to the work, than the work to the tool, on a 6-foot plank!

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/140%20on%20the%20Edge_zpscbfm6zpg.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 140 on the Edge_zpscbfm6zpg.jpg"/>

More to come.... eventually!


RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - JimReed@Tallahassee - 04-24-2017

Nice start. Bonus points for MIL project.

RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - SCMedLion - 04-24-2017

Love project in process posts!

RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 04-28-2017

While I only got in a couple of hours through the work-week, I already saw problems needing solved.

It won't be a "purist" project since I've already used some decking screws to pull warped boards straighter against each other.  I'll cover those up with 3/8" hole plugs at the right time.

Also I could see an awkwardness (bulkiness) that encouraged me to think about some features to draw the eye a bit more upward.   I started a sketched scheme with something like a "ziggurat" top profile.


Whichever the design, a lot of the cuts will have to be pared "in situ" in order to line up correctly.   So I'd better get the planes and chisels sharpened up.


RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 04-30-2017

The various claddings are roughing in now!
Lots of screw holes which will be covered up eventually.   However I am using a lot of hand-tuning on rabbets and edge-shooting as the details come into play.

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/Cladding%20Wardrobe_zpsowvpx47t.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Cladding Wardrobe_zpsowvpx47t.jpg"/>


RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 05-06-2017

Some more work has come along....

I spent Friday night fitting up the lapped planks of the doors.  From inside the cabinet, you can see where I used some sassafras battens to hold them together:

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/View%20from%20Inside_zpsn0tkeksk.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo View from Inside_zpsn0tkeksk.jpg"/>

The moment of greatest relief was confirming that the doors can work.  This is a trial of the NOS USA-made strap hinges I acquired:

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/Strap%20Hinges%20Trial_zpsjeumxd7a.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Strap Hinges Trial_zpsjeumxd7a.jpg"/>

Of course I still need some filler pieces for the side walls.  Why not use the 6-foot-long cabinet as a sawing bench?

<img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/C66RUPPEL/Long%20Pine%20Rip%20Saw_zpscilchgzz.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Long Pine Rip Saw_zpscilchgzz.jpg"/>


RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - Cecil - 05-06-2017

(04-28-2017, 07:03 PM)C. in Indy Wrote: It won't be a "purist" project since I've already used some decking screws to pull warped boards straighter against each other.  I'll cover those up with 3/8" hole plugs at the right time.

I often use a "finish head screw."  They are not as intrusive to the project as a deck screw. (The quick pick I found is a long one, but obviously you can get various lengths)

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Nice project.  I plan on building a cabinet like that, hopefully late fall or early winter.  I am adding some pantry space in the laundry room, and that style will fit well.

RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 05-08-2017

Oh boy, now I'm distracted by a great Horse Trade  (or, maybe more like when Elwood Blues traded a Cadillac for a microphone)...

Some of those rough-sawn steps will be straightened up as I proceed.



RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 05-13-2017

For Mother's Day,  Mother-in-law's new wardrobe made it up the stairs!   At about 70 pounds with no doors, we slid it up on a cardboard piece.

It's not 100% done (still need to add some bits), but I did install about 65 hole-plugs Friday night.  Saturday I knocked them all down and went over the whole thing with a Sargent No.2 size plane.  With this mostly soft wood, there were times I could use that plane one-handed.   The two hardest (most pitch content) pieces of pine are the two side pieces where all the hinges anchor.

Happy woodworking,


RE: Wardrobe Updates . . . - C. in Indy - 05-15-2017

Today's mail brought the final latch piece we've been waiting for (from 'the Auction site').

Dear Mother-In-Law did lend a hand with the eggbeater.... drill that is...


And here's the interior with some spare planks serving as a floor.   After a lengthy break I may think about adding some shelves or drawers... one day!


Thanks for watching!