Machinist Toolcart #6: Sneaking In the Back

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 07-19-2011 03:44 PM 2412 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I do not find much time lately to get any progress I figured I’d try to sneak in some shop time in-betweens.

Yesterday I was able to sneak in some shop time while grilling outside:
1. Turn on Grill, let warm up
2-. Joint board flat and square
3. Place chicken on grill
4-. Rip board to get 2 1/2” strips ~3” wide
5. Turn Chicken so it won’t burn
6-. Rip narrow strips to get 4×1/2” x 7/8” strips
7-. Cut a center groove in strips for spline
8. Turn chicken to the other side
9-. Cut notch in strips for cabinet back
10. Eat Dinner

Mind you – there was no rushing of cuts and safety was practiced as usual. This was merely a practice of good time management.

After dinner I went back and cut the miters and trimmed the parts to fit:

You can see the way the groove for the spline aligns with the carcass and the rabbet for the cabinet backing is set here:

I then cut the backing material (1/4” mahogany ply) based on the opening size + 1/2” in each direction expecting to have to trim it slightly to fit, but the dry fit showed that it was a dead on alignment and everything was nice and square, and mitered were nice and tight:

Unfortunately the wet gluing threw everything off as the pressure from the clamps got my alignments off – my mistake as I was trying to clamp each piece after I glued it in as opposed to putting all parts on with the glue, align them, and then apply the clamps. oh well – it IS the back of the cabinet, and with some work it can be cleaned up.

Looking back, in retrospect I would have done things differently. If I were to do this again, I’d dress up the plywood with the front and back edging prior to cutting it to size and cutting the bevels for the mitered joints of the box as it would make the whole things much easier and less prone to alignments and extra work. I knew this was an option from the beginning but decided to try to do things the way I have – good experience and a good lesson.

Thanks for reading,

Prior to working on the back, I trimmed the excess from the front faces:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 04:27 PM

The beauty of Multi-tasking !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 07-19-2011 05:04 PM

I need to learn this skill of yours.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#3 posted 07-19-2011 05:57 PM

So how was the chicken. What were the spices. We need all of the particulars.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-19-2011 07:14 PM


Karson: the chicken was great. It was a Soy sauce and honey grilled chicken wings. if you’re ever in town, stop by for a taste

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 09:56 PM

LOL! Great job, Sharon.
If I had tried this, I would have ended up with raw chicken on my band saw and an open flame on my gas grill!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 02:41 AM

Looking good. I would have burned the chicken for sure.

Seems I remember you got a shaper a while back. You using that to dado and rabbet the face frames?

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 04:58 AM


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 04:43 PM

Thanks for the comments, and be careful with that chicken in the bandsaw Wiggy!

Cato – I used the TS to rabbet and dado the face frames, I have the shaper set for ogee cuts. I’m not a big fan of using a router type cutter for dadoes and prefer a dado blade in the TS just based on the rotational direction of the cutting edges that seems safer on the TS (no binding)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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