Big cabinet for the new home #3: Design change, big dado setup, rabbets and an oops.

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Blog entry by Lalen posted 05-13-2018 01:55 AM 951 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Design change.

More difficult but I think this one looks much better. Primarily changed up the door design to go inset with an upper and lower cabinet and with more glass panes. Went from 6 to 12 doors. We still haven’t decided on the detail for drawer fronts. Crown molding will be more ornate.

Compare to the original.

I was really concerned about getting the interior dados lined up for the sides and back. I knew it wouldn’t go together well if they weren’t lined up perfectly. Each back was 33” and sides are 18.75. I created this little setup on the floor so I could cut them all together. I tacked a long straight edge across the top of some underlayment.

I then butted the 3 pieces against the straight edge and each other, then tacked a fence for the router to run against while keeping the pieces together.

About 120 liner feet of 3/4×1/4 rabbets and dados create a big mess.


I was cutting rabbets on my last board, turned the corner and started down the side before remembering this board didn’t get a side rabbet. bummer.

In the end, not a hard fix, but I’m happy this is will be a painted project.I just sized and glued in a piece. once dry, I’ll trim it flush and move on.

Next step will be assembling these big carcasses and trying to keep them square!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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