|A Last Minute Decision Means Cutting This One Inside The House|
Some built-in pieces can be fabricated and dry fit in the shop and then permanently installed on site. This process works well in many situations but occasionally (especially in older homes) the walls, floor and adjoining surfaces are so out of level and square that it makes more sense to custom fit the furniture in place. Our home is well over a hundred and ten years old, and even though I have gutted and renovated the entire inside I kept almost all of the original framing on the exterior walls. This old framing makes for wavy walls and ceilings, which in turn, encourages frustration upon installation of anything with a straight edge. Between a big bucket-o-shims, miles of scribe lines, and patient sawing, I have been slowly (very slowly) constructing an entertainment center from salvaged Douglas-fir in my family room.
|The Cushion Fits...Maybe A Nap?|
As I have found many, many times before I was not only able to keep the mess down inside by using handtools, I was also able to make some very complex cuts in a matter of minutes without having to resort to overly complicated jigs and fixtures (all while my 1 year old slept like...a baby...). When working with Douglas-fir, I also strongly recommend low angled razor sharp tools as they tend to make much cleaner cuts in this type of lumber.
|A Little Elbow Grease Goes A Long Way|
|This Japanese Pull Saw Made This Cut A Breeze|
|Loads Of Work Left To Do...|
I am using a lot of decorative dovetails on this project. Only a few of these dovetails are actually structurally important, and the ones that aren't I am distressing a little so they appear worn (this makes cutting them loads easier as well, as they don't have to be absolutely perfect). So far, this project has been coming along well, but it will likely take a while to complete so there will be regular updates on progress (once again, I can hear the shrill sardonic squeals of excitement).
|A Home For A Decorative Dovetail|
|Now To Wipe On A Little Finish?|
|An Overly Complicated|
2x4 To Support The TV.
Handsaw To The Rescue!