A face lift for an old filing cabinet part 3: The Key ingridient

In this sketch you can notice a bow-tie or a butterfly shaped object that is placed in the middle of the top's crack.

This object acts as a locking or securing agent, preventing the crack from progressing. The way to make and install it is quite simple:

Make the key; trace its shape on your board; mortise its resting place; bury it in the wood with the help of glue; plane down any remaining protrusion so the key is flush with your board.

To make the key, I started by drawing its shape on a small piece of walnut. I then held the blank in a machinist vise.

I used a saw to cut a few kerfs. Then I pared down the wood until I reached the desired shape. The kerfs make the paring action easier.

  Next I took the key and placed it on my board and traced its outline on the wood.


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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.