Book cabinet — Details

Straight edge and 3/4-inch guide block used to determine fit. A bull nose plane was used to trim up to the leg.
Straight edge and 3/4-inch guide block used to determine fit. A bull nose plane was used to trim up to the leg.

There are numerous details to attend to before the cabinet is ready for use. When checking the door fit, I realized that the shelves were not properly positioned. They were too far forward in some instances which interfere with the doors. I used a long straight edge (referenced on top and bottom shelves) to indicate the inset door desired position. A 3/4-inch guide block (same thickness as door frames) guided material removal. This was one of many times during the build that I questioned my decision to pre-finish.

The door pulls were created similar to the drawer pull shown in an earlier post: http://tombuhldesigns.com/book-cabinet-drawer-pull. These were made from sinker Sapodilla from Belize.

Locations marked and drilled for magnets
Locations marked and drilled for magnets

To secure the doors I embedded rare earth magnets in the shelves. One at the mid-rail location and the other on the bottom shelf where the proud stiles protrude. After drilling those holes I used dowel center finders to mark corresponding points on the door assemblies. Too late I discover that something didn’t work on my magnet placements. Luckily, the outer door works well and holds the non-secured door in place. Record another vote for the value for rabbet doors…assuming the outer door is done properly. Epoxy secures the magnets and plugs in their new homes. The proud plugs were taken flush with block plane, followed by sanding.

Shallow mortises are cut in the doors with router and edge guide to receive the long stub tenons of the pulls. Two screws each, no glue, to hold the pulls in place.

Next up: Install glass in the door assemblies

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