Photography By Steven Hepworth And Andrew Skelton

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between the sides too small - a whole bay needs to be visible through the opening otherwise finding a selection might become very difficult.

Easy to read

To make the titles of the tapes and discs a little easier to read - the unit is on the floor - I tilted the shelves backwards - this also makes sure that things won't fall out as the carousel is spun.

Thought must also be given to how the discs and tapes are removed. A quick mock up will show you the best height and position of the shelves - I recessed the fronts so that it is easier to get hold of the disc or tape.

When you are happy with these dimensions draw a section to show the tilt and depth of the shelves and the position of the backs - and from this establish the depths of the two shelving units.

Armed with these measurements you can juggle the widths of the bays until you achieve the required balance between CDs and cassettes, or whatever.


The carousel consists of top and bottom discs separated by a square core with eight separate shelving units.

I wanted an obvious finger-hold to turn the carousel and so I made cogged discs at the top and the bottom, see photo 4.

Using an oversized piece of 18mm MDF I drew on the circle and divided the circumference to mark the centres of the holes. After drilling the holes - a flat bit works fine - I bandsawed through them just outside the line.

I then spun the disc, on its centre, on the router table to clean it up, see photo 5. The quarter-round and cove-mouldings of this, and the other discs, were run against a curved fence, again using a router table, see photo 6.

The core is simply 25mm MDF biscuited together - and biscuited to the top and bottom discs. With hindsight I think that 1 would rely on the shelving units to space the discs, and replace the heavy core with a length of threaded rod to pull the whole unit together.


The shelves don't need to be very strong, for they are braced against each other when the unit is assembled, but simple dowels seem to make a surprisingly robust unit. I used 9mm MDF for the uprights and 12mm MDF for the shelves joining them with 6mm dowels.

Now, putting a tight fitting 6mm dowel in the edge of 12mm MDF will split it, so it is important that the hole gives the right fit. I tried the various 6mm drills I had but they were all too tight, so in the end I ground down a 'A inch bit.

To do this simply roll the drill bit carefully against a grindstone trying to reduce its diameter slowly and evenly.

The holes we are drilling are not very deep, so there is no need to grind the whole length of the drill -just concentrate on the end, and keep drilling test holes.

You may, incidentally, decide to use a tighter drill in the sides which will not split.

Cabinet sides

Drilling dowels

My morticer has a Jacob's chuck, and although the casting that normally holds the mortice chisel gets in the way, I find it the quickest

ANDREW SKELTON, who has been making high quality hardwood furniture for the past 15 years, was recently commissioned to make a copy of a seat at Charleston. The original seat no longer existed and the design was arrived at by studying photographs and a few seconds of film. Skelton trained as an architect and says furniture-making is a natural progression from that discipline. He lives and works in the Derbyshire Peak District.

below: Plan of cabinet

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Bearing ,

25mm MDF bearer* slotted into shallow groove


Photo 4 Cogged discs top and bottom allow easy turning of the carousel

E! Photo 6 A curved fence is set up to cut the coves and mouldings on the discs

ABOVE: Photo 7 Morticer fitted with a chuck for drilling the dowel holes for the joints that hold it all together

AHOVE - Photo 9 Land Rover parts come in handy for furniture-makingl

' ' Photo 5 Disc is centre pivoted with a bolt and wing nut to the router table, to ensure a true circle is cut

Photo 8 Router with guide bush and template is used to cut the grooves for the backs

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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