Creating the key board drawer front

Above is the process I used to create the fold down drawer front for the pull out key board tray.  The drawer front is not yet cut to size so it will be significantly smaller.

Fitting the doors and adding hinges

I used Marc Spagnuolo plywood wall cabinet no mortise hinge installation video as a guide for what I ended up doing.  I tried to photograph most of the steps.  

I was able to use the hinges to create even space around all door edges.

Then I cut two different spacers.  One spacer placed the hinges at the same location on the doors (in line with the rails).  Then I cut a second spacer that was a hinge space taller to place the hinge on the case side.  This ensured that the door doesn’t drag on the case bottom and left a hinge width space.

As usual, you can right click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

The doors

This weekend I got a little bit of time to work more on the doors.  Frames are made of the straightest grain cherry I could find.  I used haunched tenons so that I could run the grooves from end to end of both the rails and the styles.

I can’t wait to see how the curly cherry panels look in these frames.

(As always you can right click on the pictures to make them bigger)

Creating the doors and mortising in the door hinges

Originally I glued up the side pieces with the door width included.  This made sure both the doors and case were squared together and the gain matched.  After carefully squaring the back edges up, I trimmed off the door pieces. So now I have put the door pieces back on using the hinges.

I wanted to not be limited by hinges on the doors so I’m using .. yes, I know .. ugly piano hinges.  I decided to mortise them in to make sure they don’t interfere with drawers and to make the whole thing look a bit more finished.

The router plane sure makes some fun shavings when you set it correctly.  Now that the mortises for the door are in I know where the front of the dados for the shelves need to go.