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Mailee15/01/2014 21:14:07
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Today I made a start on my next commission. This time it is a cabinet to house an electronic keyboard. The keyboard will be removable and the whole thing will be in black.
I started with a beech frame for the keyboard to sit on.
Next I made the legs and a 6mm panel between them.
Then on to the foot after a bit of work on the bandsaw and sander.
then a quick dry fit to check the dimensions.
By the end of the day I had both sides ready.dscn3375.jpg

Wolfie16/01/2014 18:30:05
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Nice work Mailee, is this an open cabinet where you can put a chair under it? I take it it is just a flat keyboard.


Mailee16/01/2014 19:37:13
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Yes Ian, the keyboard will slide in from the rear. At the moment it is on it's own stand but his wife wanted him to have a cabinet built so it would look more like a piece of furniture to match the decoration.

Mailee17/01/2014 20:01:38
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I got the legs and the shelf in primer today.
I also made a start on the sides. Next week I shall make the top and the back panel and then it will be time for a test fit.

Wolfie19/01/2014 16:27:54
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Looking good Mailee, looking forward to the finished article.


Mailee21/01/2014 19:32:36
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Been busy with this over the last couple of days. I finally got the back panel fitted.
Now this did present a problem due to my own error! I had rebated the back panel to fit into grooves in the legs and the top so it was handed, I then cut out the hole for the foot the wrong place! As the unit was upside down on the bench I had measured off the position from the wrong side! Luckily I had intended to fit a plinth on the bottom to help stiffen up the back panel so replaced a piece and sandwiched it between the plinth sections.
Once this was repaired and sanded down I could then start work on the top.
With the top being so narrow and only supported at the ends I decided to reinforce it with hardwood. After routing out a slot I inlaid the 'splint' into the top.
I then cut a piece of 9mm MDF for the front and trimmed this to fit.
This will be trimmed to size after having a test fit of the keyboard.
While I was on with the top I decided to make the music sheet holder for the top. This was simply a piece of 9mm MDF with a detail routed into it and then sandwiched between two pieces of Beech. I put a chamfer on to each of the beech pieces to give the holder the angle it needed. Finally I put two dominoes into the bottom to locate it on the top.
My customer will bring the keyboard tomorrow so I can have a test fit and make the final alterations to the fit.

Bruce Rauncar22/01/2014 20:40:21
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Looks great and sturdy. Like the detail on the music holder. I'm sure the customer will be happy. Looking forward to seeing more photos when painted black and the keyboard in place.

Mailee27/01/2014 18:35:54
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Well Bruce, here it is painted. I shall have some photos of it with the keyboard in later in the week. Tomorrow I can fit the top and it will then be ready for delivery.
I ended up taking the moulding off the front of the music stand and adding two metal pins to hold the pages of the books.
I think the customer will be happy with it.

Mailee29/01/2014 18:33:24
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I delivered the cabinet tonight and got a shot of it with the keyboard fitted.
Customer was very happy with it and may want some furniture making in the near future. teeth 2

Bruce Rauncar12/03/2014 18:17:03
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Sleek! Like the black color, it's a perfect fit for the keyboard. Thanks for sharing the photos and congrats on the satisfied customer and future commissions.

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