Workbench Build #15: 3 Way Mitered Cube - the Cabinets

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 01-23-2012 03:42 AM 21964 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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08/19/2012 Edit: Just to avoid any confusion – I didn’t end up using this concept for the bench storage…..the actual storage post follows this one…...Some day these pieces will be finished into something…...maybe. Jeff

So today I started on the under bench cabinets – this starting point is sort of inspired by superdav’s post here. I like the cube design….....but wanted to make it different somehow…

I remembered reading about a 3 way miter joint and found a FWW article on the subject.

Also have a bunch of this 5/4” soft maple in precut lengths of ~20” this is the stating point….all stock must be square, in this case 1-1/8”...

Next two photos are my setup piece for the mortising machine – note only the setup piece needs to be marked out…..the first photo shows the 5/8” spacer between the stop to establish one end and the other photo is just the stop for the other end….

At some point you need to reverse the stop to do the rest of the mortises.

I forgot to photograph the miter cuts, but here is a shot of the loose tenons, it takes 3 per corner:

Here is a glimpse of how the corner goes together:

And here is dry fit of the frame:

No glue or assembly yet – just a frame….got to think about the next step…...I am kind of amazed at how nice the corners are coming out and it’s really not a difficult process…..just takes a bit time!

Thanks for looking!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 04:12 AM

Wow thats a cool joint, thanks for sharing

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 04:37 AM

Interesting Joinery…It’s literally thinking “outside the box”. My question is about it’s strength and integrity. You mentioned finding a FWW article on it…Would you share? Thanks again for sharing your project. I’ll be following this one as I study joinery.

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 04:48 AM

Way cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 04:55 AM

That is an interesting joint. Looks like you did a good job with it. Looking forward to more progress.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 04:55 AM

559 Dust – Thanks for the comments!

Paul – This was from issue 169 – (March / April 2004). I agree that that the strength and integrity of this basic cube is questionable, but I am thinking about some other structural elements to beef it up….

In this case – it is all practice for doing this joint in some finer hardwood, maybe some Padauk end tables? not sure?

Hey Steve – appreciate the comment… are the master! :)


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 04:59 AM

Thanks Shane – Still burning through that wood stack!...........


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 05:40 AM

Uhhh I LOVE that joint. Its like Japanese joinery with a twist. I cant cut a miter for a picture frame, much less put a tenon in one. Fine job on the joint Jeff. Looking real nice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 06:15 AM

Hey Dave – appreciate the comments – it is a Japanese inspired joint….the miters are really easy with the miter sled on the TS…....I have another set of parts to miter so I’ll photograph those…..

Thinking about dovetailing the rails for the drawers like your cabinet…...if you don’t mind?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 06:23 AM

Fine job. I hope to build my skill level to do that one day. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 07:10 AM

Thanks Egor – you can do it – only takes patience…...and a few jigs….:)


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 01-23-2012 07:10 AM

That joint is Too Cool! I Gotta try that someday! Thanks for sharing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 01-23-2012 07:47 AM

Way too cool Jeff.

Neat joint. I´ll try one of these days. So if I get some ce¿oncern on strength or integrity, I do have a new nailer !

Are you also planning Hidden dovetailing the drawers?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 01-23-2012 05:15 PM

Nice joints, Jeff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 01-24-2012 04:52 AM

Thanks Smitty!

Hey Fernando – I just might have to get the nailer out before this is done! That’s what Norm would do! Haven’t even considered the drawers yet, but I suppose dovetails would be a nice touch!

Thanks Martyn – much appreciated!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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