Nothing like string a simple project out for ever…
I finished up the door, mounted it to the case, sanded and finished the cabinet. All I have left is to make the drawers, all 21 of them. Yikes.
After taking the glued-up door out of the clamps I test fit it into the opening, it was actually a pretty good fit right off the bat…even with the little lumps of glue at the corners. It’s a little too tight, and the gaps aren’t even, but this is what I was hoping for.
I knocked the glue lumps off, and shimmed the door in the opening to see how the fit was. I worked my way around the perimeter of the door and got the gaps as even as I could. I decided to only mortise the hinges into the door, just for expediency. In the end, I’m pretty happy with the fit of the door to the case.
I epoxied two rare earth magnets, one in the door and one in the opening, to hold the door closed. I have an irrational fear of putting one of the magnets in backwards and having a door that you can’t close.
Finally, I pulled the door back off for finishing. Everything was sanded with 220, and I brushed on some orange shellac., trying to keep the color even. Then I rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool and wax, re-mounted the door and hung the cabinet on the wall. I just love the feel of shellac that’s been rubbed out with steel wool and wax, it’s just silky smooth.
I’m not happy with where this is mounted and I’ll end up moving it later. It’s too close to the workbench, and the dust collector keeps the door from opening far enough. But it’s off the workbench and out of the way so I can start processing stock for the TWENTY ONE drawers. Good grief.