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Old 05-26-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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For over a bathroom vanity. I saw a thread on the Sketchup woodworking forum discussing this circa 1910 arts and crafts design, and made my own model so I could build it. The client liked the idea, so here goes.

I'll do it like Norm. Prototype first to work it out, then for real.

If you're a Sketchup fancier, you can find it on the 3D Warehouse site where I uploaded it. Use the search term "medicine cabinet with mirror" and you will get it.

Prototype parts blanked, machined and cut, then dry-fit to proof the joints. It'll get knocked apart and the joints trued with planes and chisels, then the whole thing remeasured, the 3D model modified a little, and the real thing will get done quickly. Eastern white pine for the prototype. Red birch (the heartwood of the white birch) for the real one, with its inside back in some SYP heart pine I had left over from something. The through-tenons are fixed with rosewood wedges.

It is hung to the wall with a couple of clock hangers, hooked onto screws fixed into blocking behind the sheetrock.

Not large-scale cabinetmaking, but cabinetmaking nonetheless. I need a better method for chopping those through-mortises. The ones that get the through-tenons are undercut on the insides, but the deco ones have their through-walls visible, and need to look better. The birch will pare more cleanly than the soft pine.
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Photo and illustration of the hanger parts and method.

The Sketchup model that can be downloaded, includes this detail. Hangers available from various clock supply houses. I got them from Norkro.com of Beaverton, OR.
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Very nice...

... but OH NO! I'm going to make sure my customers never see this. Too many choices.
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Willin,

On the through mortice.

Did you consider using a router to cut the mortices then clean up the corners by hand? Sounds like you were asking for ideas. I'd drill out holes first, then rout, then chisel.

Nice work. Norms got nothing on you.

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I like me some arts & craft furniture.

I've got a morticer that does a nice job on the through mortices.

Anxious to see the finished product
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Willin,

On the through mortice.

Did you consider using a router to cut the mortices then clean up the corners by hand? Sounds like you were asking for ideas. I'd drill out holes first, then rout, then chisel.

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LOL Norm would just get himself a mortising rig .....

Without one, I'd set up a router based one as B.scott is saying. You'd have fixed widths that you can cut your tenons to fit tight/er in mass, rather than individually

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