Gave the toy kitchen project a good nudge today, despite the heat! I would have hoped to have more done, but it takes time dressing boards down from scratch, resizing and all. And I’m designing as I go as well!
This is the front of the carcass, partially assembled using Dominos to ensure it all lines up.
To deal with the central post, I used the Domino to punch right through, then a longer Domino (50mm) so there was enough proud to have plenty of depth for the cross members.
With the front and rear portions of the carcass glued up, it was time to join the two together. Rather than use the sides as a structural member, I decided to complete the carcass separately, then attach the sides afterwards. To get an accurate length for the remaining pieces, I clamped the sides to the carcass, then measured.
It also provided the first real chance to see how the unit was coming together. One side is to be where the sink goes (and cupboard underneath), and the other side is the dishwasher (with tambour door – more of an industrial form of dishwasher!)
These were also Dominoed, then the whole lot was glued and clamped. The old adage that you cannot have too many clamps is so right. I had all the Bessey clamps, and the two Jet clamps, and still had to resort to some others (that don’t have the same clamping force). Another thing: as much as I always thought that Jet and Bessey were the equivalent of each other, with pros and cons to both, I have started to significantly favour the Bessey. The ease to resize the clamp plays a big deal in being happy with the clamp as a whole, and the Jet is painful compared to the Bessey.
Just before I ran out of shed time for the day, I got a bunch of shortcuts/shorter sections, and dressed them up. Then between the stove and the cupboard/sink, I found I had just the right number. Not bad for an eyechrometer!
After sizing to length, they were glued, and clamped in the Frontline clamps.
So that is where it sits at the moment. Tomorrow the other top will be glued up, and progress made on the features that will turn this from an elaborate set of cupboards into a kitchen.