A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (82)

Nothing but chisel work huddled next to a heater for the past couple of days, getting the trenches cut for the shachi-sen. At last, today, they are all done, along with the pins themselves:


The pins are not driven in yet of course.

Another view:

Afterwards, while routing the dado for the shelf panel in a rail, I unexpectedly had a chunk of bubinga blow out:

It’s not a visible area unless one takes the shelf out and flips it upside down for inspection, however I patched the area anyway (forgot to take pictures too). All the rest of the dadoes were done by climb-cutting, so there were no further problems.

Just for a look see, I slipped a frame assembly into a cabinet:

With the shachi-sen untrimmed and protruding, of course the frame cannot slip all the way back into position, and a notch is required on one side to clear the backing strip at the carcase side besides. Soon enough….

These shelves will have a more interesting front edge to view, once the pins are trimmed flush, than the previous slab shelves:


Panels have also be trimmed to size, rebated for a tongue all around, and are entering the phase of the second coat of finish:

All for this round. I should be done the shelves in the next day or two and can at last turn to finishing up the final construction phase, namely the bifold doors.  Post 83 is next.

Anything to add?

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