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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #4: Material Prep

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 09-03-2019 03:47 AM 668 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With my design work essentially complete, it’s time to start rough cutting the Sapele for the solid wood parts.

I start with the lower stretchers. Using the pattern routing templates, I lay out the parts to align the grain on some 8/4 stock.

After rough cutting the overall shape on the bandsaw, I joint one face and one edge of the boards, then plane to clean up the other side. Then, it’s back to the bandsaw to resaw the parts, followed by another trip to the planer for a final cleanup.

I lay out the shape, tracing the routing pattern onto the parts. For the slotted cut-outs, I drill out the ends slightly undersized and clear the majority of the waste with a saber saw.

Once the blanks are roughed out, I attach the routing templates with double sided tape and pattern route the final shape.

Most of the remaining parts are fairly standard to prepare- rough cut slightly oversized, joint one face and one edge, thickness plane, cut to final width on the table saw then clean up the cut edge on the jointer.

The drawer fronts and veneer for the doors are cut from the same piece of 8/4 Sapele. Because the parts are wider than my 8” jointer, I start by setting up the jointer to cut a wide, shallow rabbet. A single 1/16” deep pass is enough to provide a flat reference plane.

I place the reference face on a piece of MDF, then pass it through the planer to clean up the opposite side.

Once one side is cleaned up, if flip the parts over and plane off the remainder of the rabbet.

I head to the bandsaw and resaw the drawer fronts, then adjust and slice the veneer for the face of the doors. The drawer fronts are cleaned up at the planer while the veneer is brought to final size with the drum sander.

Next steps: layout and cut the loose tenon joinery and begin veneering panels.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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pottz

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#1 posted 09-03-2019 03:07 PM

i always love the start of a new project,especially yours tung,because i know whats coming.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-03-2019 03:09 PM

Looks like you’re off to a great start!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-03-2019 07:03 PM

You’ve been spammed!!!

I just might have to use your brilliant jointer/planer idea. It certainly make for a better result than trying to alternate sides on the jointer.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 09-03-2019 07:50 PM



You ve been spammed!!!

I just might have to use your brilliant jointer/planer idea. It certainly make for a better result than trying to alternate sides on the jointer.

- EarlS


Yeah, second time I was spammed in this blog already. Cricket will fix it.

The jointer trick is not mine, but I don’t recall where I learned it. Most of the time I simply design to be under 8” and there is no issue, but every now and again I have to pull this trick out. Works well when needed.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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