Roll Around Tool Cabinet #3: Milling and Cutting My Poplar Hardwood Lumber

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-24-2017 03:29 PM 1057 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Milling Hardwood: Ripping to Widths and Cross-Cutting to Lengths Part 3 of Roll Around Tool Cabinet series Part 4: Loose Tenons instead of Pocket Screws for Face Frame »

Snow storms here prompted me to purchase much of my poplar lumber at my local big box stores instead of traveling downtown to purchase rough sawn lumber which would have been my preference. I knew by purchasing 3/4 inch thick sanded lumber would give me issues. I became very selective in finding the straightest boards I could find. I was hoping that I would only lose maybe 1/8 inches of thickness instead of typical 1/4 inch with rough sawn lumber. I set my jointer to slice very thin amounts and checked each pass to determine when I reach a flat surface. Of course, to do that I use carpenter crayons to “paint” th surfaces I am jointing or planing.

I first cut the face frame parts so I could clamp them to the case. I did this so I could measure and check the measurements from the plan to the actual case I fastened together. I had cut the rails for this face frame a bit long. I can always remove more from it length in order to fit it to the case, but I cannot add back its length if I cut them short. By measuring the face frame parts i was satisfied that the case I made was exact dimensioned to th plan so the rest of the face frame and the poplar parts could be cut per the plan’s dimensions.

I went about cutting all my my hardwood parts for making the “frame” parts of this frame and panel construction. Cutting the grooves to fit the panels is a step I will take on later. There were many frame parts to cut.

I also milled and ripped to width the drawers parts I would need for seven drawers. Instead of using hard maple for the drawer parts per the plan, I opted to use 1/2 inch poplar. I actually purchased these lumber parts at my local Lowe’s store. They sell 1/2 inch thick poplar lumber in 3 and 4 foot lengths. Again, I selected their straightest and flattest boards. The 3, 4, 5 and 7 inch wide 1/2 inch thick drawer parts are included in the image above. I intend to cut through dovetails for each drawer and I will resaw a 8/4 sapele board to use as false drawer fronts to make the drawer fronts look like half blind dovetails.

-- --- Happy Howie

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