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Old 19th April 2011, 01:01 PM   #21
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Looks like the manage attachments link is back so here are pics 22, 23, & 24.
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Old 20th April 2011, 11:19 PM   #22
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Well the interest in this thread is overwhelming but I will persevere.

With all parts cut it is time to begin doing some of the decorative work.

Picture 25: shows the tools of destruction necessary for the trim details. THe roll you see in the picture is heat set 1 1/4" birch veneer edging. I cut the edging into 17/32" strips, enough to cover all the exposed plywood edges and stained most of them black using an oil based stain. After waiting a full day for the stain to dry I sealed the strips with white shellack so I wouldn't transfer the stain to the wood I don't want stained as I worked with the edging. The edging is ironed on, literally, then trimmed using a box cutter and block of wood. THe carefully sanded.

Picture 26: This is the end result. I think once the cabinets are assembled the contrast between the natural birch and black stained birch will be pleasing to the eye. Assembly coming soon where I enthrall all you viewers with my special technique for not getting glue where I don't want it. Riveting....
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Old 20th April 2011, 11:24 PM   #23
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Old 20th April 2011, 11:27 PM   #24
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Subscribed. Great work natural, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 22nd April 2011, 05:31 PM   #25
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Today saw a little action in the shop...

Picture 27: The Alpair 10.2 is nestled in it's cutout ready to have the mounting holes drilled. The panel with the 3/8" hole is the drilling guard.

Picture 28: The drilling of the mounting hole. Using a cabinet hinge self centering bit takes the guess work out of getting the holes perfectly centered in each mounting hole in the Alpair's frame. The speaker is proper protected from my clumsy self. It probably would have been wise to clamp the guard.
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Old 22nd April 2011, 05:47 PM   #26
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Time to begin the glue up. First everything gets a through sanding with 220 grit paper. As I am in no hurry I have chosen to glue the front to the sides first. Then, after that has dried, the back to the sides. That way I can concentrate on making the joinery perfect for each face of the cabinet. Doing two faces at once requires a lot of moving and hurried clamping which takes some of the fun out of the process for me. The design lends itself to working this way. Another advantage of this design is that the rabbets give you plenty of glue surface without the risk of glue squeeze out screwing up the finish later. Additionally by putting the end pieces (top and bottom of the cabinet) in place while glueing the cabinet is self squaring. All this make for an easy stress free glue up. All one needs is patience not to take the clamps off too soon.

Picture 29: The black strip is the decorative strip of birch edging. THe pencil indicates where I did not put glue to avoid glue squeeze out. I use an aliphatic resin waterproof glue made by titebond. It is stronger than the wood itself, have a nice tack to it and gives you adequate work time. Unlike the newer polyurethane glues (like gorilla glue) it is easy to control squeeze out.

Picture 30: This is the front of the cabinet (I guess that's obvious) with clamps in place. Notice not a drop of glue marring what will be the finished surface.

Picture 31: I like to use plenty of clamps.
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Old 23rd April 2011, 07:35 PM   #27
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nope, not enough clamps

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Old 23rd April 2011, 08:16 PM   #28
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Picture 31: I like to use plenty of clamps.
Kind of an uderstatement...
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Old 23rd April 2011, 10:17 PM   #29
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Oh you guys. I use a lot of clamps but don't tighten them down any harder than needed. Too tight the glue gets squeezed out !

Finishing starts tomorrow. Been working on the removable bases today. Pics later.
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Old 23rd April 2011, 10:40 PM   #30
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Lovely build. One of the immutable laws of the universe - you will never have enough clamps!
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