Nail Gun Cabinet Project #1: Nail Gun Cabinet Build.....Part 1

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Blog entry by Gshepherd posted 05-28-2012 08:02 PM 13288 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here we go….. I started making a Nail gun cabinet and this time I decided to take a few more pictures from beginning to end so some may be boring and not needed and some actually may be usefull to someone. This is my first attempt explaining the process I go through and who knows we both may learn something new. I am always open for some advice since I am a self taught woodworker. I am very close to finished project now and did not want to do all of this at one shot so I will do it in different steps. Again Suggestions always welcome…

So put on your seat belts and here we go….....

First I like to get my thoughts running by getting some lumber ready and in this case a cabinet for some of my nail guns grouped together and vision what I will need for room and what exactly I am trying to achieve. Just like the Drill Bit cabinet I got what I wanted to put in it rounded up and well you get the picture.

Hard Maple, Africian,Santos,Quilted Mahogany’s….. Having 2nd thoughts on using the quilted…. Also several Mahogany crotch panels…..

Can’t keep all Nailers in one cabinet but this is a good start on what I use the most. I also want to keep all the finish nails in same cabinet and notice how heavy they will all be….....

Purchased a bunch of these Mahogany crotch panels about 5 years ago and figured about time to use some of them. I paid about 25 bucks a panel…... and I did get about 45 of them. Good Deal? I think so. Of course we all know these type of panels do have some cracks so I will work around that the best I can. I layout my panels and right now the rails and stiles are not machined yet but this give me a visual of how I want to center the panel on each door. Mineral spirits to give some idea what to expect….

The sides,top and bottom I know for sure I want to contrast with hard maple so I go them glued up… If your woundering I put the funny c’s to remind me how the grain is going. Best to alternate grain when glueing panels and I will usually note time on panel when it is glued up so I know how long they been on the clamps.

Now I am ready to do the rails and stiles. Always best to cut all the rails and stiles at the same time. Here is a Hawk Panel Master. I love this machine. It took about 8 min to do them all….

Rails and Stiles are done and layed out on the panels I want to use. After I get them centered on the panel, outline the center opening, I add 3/8” all around for the groove allowance. A tad wider but It gives me a little to play with later if need. Then I can downsize the panels and get them ready for the Hawk….

Marking the 3/8 needed for the panel tongue.

Panel Master again just turned around. Only weakness with this machine is not enough side support when doing panels so I use the trusty Micro-Moose clamps for support and stability…. By the way these clamps are great and made in Iowa…. I am a big fan of American Made Tools….. Tokk about 5 min to do both panels….

Well here is the Dreaded Quality Control check…. I passed… so far so good. Only took 3 Milk Bones to get QC off my back…..

Dry fitting the panels, so far so good….. Gotta buy more Milk Bones…..

After a light sand on the edges I will usually grabb this profile sander/mop sander and it works pretty darn good…..

Well end of Part 1….. before I do part 2 I gotta go get some Milk Bones…. Gotta keep QC happy then I will add the rest of the story….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 09:07 PM

I will be keep up with this series. I need to build something to corral my air tools.

Beautiful panel and great QC inspector.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 11:42 PM

Very cool! Thanks for the details! I love crotch wood. It is very beautiful!

I have never seen that Hawk tool before. That looks like it really makes doing panels fun!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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