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Enfield Cupboard continues.


I had little time to woodwork this past weekend, but as it were, I did manage to get a few things accomplished on my cupboard.

First thing I had to do was simple, and that was to saw off the protruding pieces of the top moulding. For that task, I turned to a tool that I rarely use, a Japanese Ryoba saw. I’m not such a fan of Japanese style tools. I have nothing against them, but I’ve failed to discover any of the mystical qualities that some woodworkers claim they have. That being said, my experience with Japanese woodworking tools is very limited, so I could be wrong. My Ryoba saw is a Marples, a cheap one, that was given to me as a gift. It’s definitely sharp, but I don’t find it any more accurate than a backsaw. In fact, I think it is less accurate. I do, however, like it for flush cutting because of its flexible blade and thin kerf. I’ll say this, if the Marples handle was better and more comfortable, as in made from wood rather than the licorice like plastic handle that it does have, I may just think more highly of the tool. In any event, the saw did a nice job and made a clean cut.

As I said, my time was very limited, but I wanted to at least get the door parts started, so I ripped the stiles to width and finish length, and then cut the rails to length, adding 2 inches to each to account for the tenons. For the rail widths I once again followed the measurements from the original cupboard: a 4 inch wide bottom rail, a 5 inch wide middle rail, and a 3 inch wide top. Before I put the table saw away I got out the dado stack and ripped a ¼ inch wide x ¼ inch deep groove down the center of each stile. I would have loved to also finish up the mortises, but I didn’t have the time. Even had I finished the mortises, I’m going to need to pick up the board to make the two panels before I go any farther, and I would actually like to make them first.

With next weekend being my wedding anniversary, as well as being the weekend before Christmas, I’m not sure how much more work I will get done. Thankfully I have a few days off after Christmas, and if I can managed to get the board for the panels between now and then, I should be able to finish the door construction in around 2 hours if I can maintain a good pace. I’m hoping that to get the construction finished by the last weekend of December, and the paint applied the weekend after the New Year. With that, I can start on my next project, which I’ve been mapping out in my spare time, and should be a simple but very useful piece of furniture that I probably should have made a long time ago.





  1. I think it’s time to do like all the others and sell off some of your tools, you know, clean up the garage. So.. can I have your bandsaw for 5 bucks? Your tables saw for 10? I don’t suppose one of your handmade planes for a couple bucks is out of the question?

    Greetings from rainy Vancouver–yeah it’s wet, but you don’t have to shovel rain….

    • billlattpa says:

      What I find funny about all that stuff is when I see these “anarchist” sell-offs on the forums, a lot of the sellers are actually trying to make a profit on the stuff they are selling. I personally have nothing against that, but it sure as hell sounds a lot like capitalism to me.

  2. Jonas Jensen says:

    That top moulding is looking better and better 🙂

    I hope to be able to get a bit of woodworking done before Christmas, but I also need to buy some gifts.
    I admire you that you are able to restrain yourself from going further with the door before getting the board for the panel. I have a very hard time controlling myself in those situations. I often end up just racing ahead and then I later have to change techniques etc. to cope with earlier made solutions that prevents going on according to my initial plans.


    • billlattpa says:

      Thanks! I’ve been lightly hand sanding the moulding every time I work on the cupboard. Before I paint the cupboard I am going to go over the moulding with 320g paper. However, the cabinet I will stop at 220. I’ve read that if you are painting a project you shouldn’t sand it too finely. I want the moulding to be very crisp because when I paint it I’m sure it will lose a little of the detail.

      I normally have trouble stopping as well. I think the only thing that really stopped me was the fact that I don’t have the panels finished, and I want to finish the panels before I start fitting the tenons.
      My wedding anniversary is this weekend, as well as the fact that I need to do some shopping as well. So I can’t imagine that I will being doing much, if any woodworking. I even had to turn down the chance to work in the Park Service’s woodshop on Saturday, which is the best equipped shop I’ve ever seen or been in. The good news is that I have a 5 day weekend after Christmas, so I should definitely be able to get that door completed as well as the project itself. After that it’s on to paint.

      If I don’t get talk to you before next week, I hope that you and your family have a great Christmas holiday!


  3. Mr. Lattanzio

    Shall I ask what are your goals for THE CRAFT in 2015? 🙂

    • billlattpa says:

      Well, while I would like to build a portable writing desk, my next project will with out a doubt be a traditional 6 board chest. My wife has been begging me to make one for more than a year, and that is saying something considering she rarely asks me to make anything. But we really could use one for our spare blankets. I’m hoping to start it in January if the weather doesn’t get too crazy.

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