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Office Cabinet #4: T&G Back Panel

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Blog entry by Tom posted 03-09-2021 08:21 PM 410 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The back panel can just be plywood set in the frame, but I preferred to use wood boards for this project. Since this is secondary wood that will be minimally seen and I am planning to stain the cabinet a darker color, I am using white pine boards from the home center. I did a lousy job picking out boards. These were pretty rugged looking and cupped. I planed the faces to try and clean them up a bit, but I’m not sure it helped all that much.

I decided to tongue and groove the boards with the Stanley 45. The perimeter of the panel needs a 5/16” tongue to fit the frame groove. I did not fuss with this too much. I sawed the boards to final length and T&G’d the boards to form a panel. Then I marked off the width from the case and sawed the side boards to size.

Then I laid out the perimeter with a knife cut, again taking the measurement from a stick of wood marked off from the case. The tongue on the ends of the boards was formed by sawing a kerf, chiseling out most of the waste and leveling the surface down to the gauge marks with a bull nose shoulder plane. I used the same mortise gauge setting from the frame layout. It worked well. On the long grain sides, I used the Stanley 45 to cut rabbets from each side to form the tongue because I don’t have a 5/16” tonguing iron.

It fit up pretty nice and I just need to plane a few shavings from the groove side of the T&G to make a gap for expansion. The panel sits flush on the inside and the error goes to the outside on the back. I will glue up the panel and frame and plane everything smooth. So far so good…

Here are some pictures. Thanks for reading. :)

-- Tom



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