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Ben Arnott

  1. My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 4

    With the bottom rails shaped and surfaced, I began cutting the tenons. I'm in the process of migrating some of my operations from power tools to hand tools. At this stage, I had only a dovetail saw and a sliding miter saw. I chose to cut the bottom rail tenons to rough thickness on the miter saw and sneak up on my marking gauge lines with a rabbit block plane.

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    The rabbit block plane is a pretty slick tool. ...
  2. My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 3

    Once the legs were in good shape, I moved onto the bottom rails (or stretchers if you want to think of it as a table for now). I drew out half a pattern on a piece of mdf. The reason I used a half pattern, is so if I flipped it, I knew it my whole pattern would be symmetrical. Once I had the rails traced out, I cut them out on the bandsaw and began smoothing them just as I did with the legs.

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  3. My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 2

    Once I had the legs roughly cut out on the bandsaw, I began the process of putting the final shape to them and smoothing the surface.

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    After smoothing the legs with hand planes, orbital sanders and card scraper, I cut them to length.

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  4. My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 1


    I managed to document the whole process of building my latest project and I thought I'd share it with everyone. Maybe someone will find something useful, but if not, I'm sure you can find something you can poke fun at.

    I wanted to build a media cabinet for my fiance. We had just purchased a new TV and the old stand it sits on doesn't exactly instill confidence that it will not crumble into a pile of pine if encouraged just right.

    I decided ...

    Updated 01-19-2011 at 6:31 AM by Ben Arnott

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