How to make a showcase door.

Making the door for the small wall display case for collectibles

La fabricación de esta pequeña vitrina para la colección de caballeros de plomo va avanzando poco a poco. Es el momento de fabricar la puerta, y aunque para ello utilizo sistemas y técnicas que ya utilicé en otras entradas, no iba a dejar de hacer la entrada correspondiente.

The most complicated part of making a door can be deciding what size to make it. I was never quite sure how much to adjust the door to the sides of a piece of furniture and when I wanted to adjust too much I ended up needing to sand the sides to make it fit or so it wouldn’t rub too much. Perhaps it will seem exaggerated to the very detailed ones, but I decided to leave a one millimeter clearance around, to avoid problems, especially with the opening system that I will use. I think with harder wood than this I might be a little more accurate, but with the experience I have with the wood I usually use and taking stock of my ability when it comes to fitting doors, I decided to stay on the safe side.

Drill the head of the slats.

To join the central strip I use the same system that I used with the sides of the display case. The problem is that now the ribbon is longer than the height of my pillar drill. The base and head of these vertical drills are usually attached to the center column with a single screw, which is easy to loosen with an allen wrench of the appropriate size. Just lay the drill base sideways on the edge of the table and anchor it securely, loosen the base screw or head screw and turn the head so that it is cantilevered on that side of the table. In this way we can take advantage of the height of the table to drill the head of the slats that are too long.

Do not drill misaligned holes.

As I mention in the video, my first intention was to reinforce with a pair of tubular bolts the corners that I made with 45º joints, but after drilling all the corners totally confident that they would fit well, it turned out that the sides of the joint were not at the same level. I should have done just one corner and see what the result was like, it would have saved me some work, but there are days when you think everything is going to be fine and then you get a shock.

Glue the door of the showcase.

Después de recuperarme de la decepción decidí encolar una de esas pequeñas espigas en cada agujero y cortarlas a ras con con la superficie (si os fijáis en el vídeo, cuando encolo las piezas se ven los tubillones igualados con la superficie en la que aplico la cola de carpintero. Y en la foto se ve como estaban desalineadas). Y finalmente encolé las uniones a inglete directamente y sin más refuerzos. Una vez se secó la cola utilicé la sierra circular para cortar unas ranuras en las esquinas para meter unos trozos de marquetería y así reforzarlas, pero esto lo veremos en una próxima entrada.

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