Office Cabinet #8: Some Assembly Required - Slow progress

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Blog entry by Tom posted 04-19-2021 06:33 PM 664 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much time this past weekend. The weather is getting nice in NJ. But I was able to assemble the pieces for the cabinet case. Decided to sand the inside of the case before assembly. I don’t use a lot of power tools, but a palm sander is a really good one for me. I did a little bit of cleanup with the plane on the edges to make sure everything was level and square and clean before glueing up. I also removed the stupid stickers from the home center (gosh, I hate those things). A card scraper is helpful to clean off the pencil marks and touch up some rough patches.

Glue up went fine. First the back went on in the morning and then the face frame in the afternoon. I think I was a bit light on the clamps for the back and then overcompensated on the face frame. It came together fine with a slight overhang that I planed off the next day. Now it looks like an actual cabinet taking shape. The doors will be next.

Here are a few pics for your amusement. Thanks for checking it out. :)

-- Tom

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#1 posted 04-19-2021 07:09 PM

Looking good. I like the frame and panel back, allows for wood movement plus adds a great deal of rigidity to the case.

Curiosity question, you indicate a preference for hand tools, with machine tools for stock prep, any reason you don’t finish with a smoothing plane as opposed to the orbital sander?

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#2 posted 04-19-2021 07:32 PM

Oldtool – I think the smoothing plane is a good final step to take out surface imperfections, pitting or some tearout. This goes along with the card or cabinet scraper. But I usually sand to 220 grit for staining and finishing. The smooth plane can create a burnished surface that does not absorb the finish as well as a sanded surface. That’s just my two cents. It has been working pretty well for me.

-- Tom

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#3 posted 04-19-2021 10:32 PM

As always, excellent work, sound fundamentals, and expert description on how and why you work as you do.
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge, and experience with us!

Ellery Becnel

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#4 posted 04-19-2021 10:55 PM

Ellery – thanks for the nice comments. I’m glad your enjoying it. :)

-- Tom

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#5 posted 04-20-2021 05:12 AM


The cabinet is looking great!


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