Shop cabinet #1: Design and side frames

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 09-06-2019 12:53 AM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be the most involved thing I’ve made so far. Right now I use water stones for sharpening and I do it on my garage floor because I don’t want to deal with getting swarf on my work bench. So, I figured I would make a little cabinet to keep tools and supplies and to have a surface for dirty jobs. It will be 34” high and 22”x32”. I’m planning to glue up a 2” thick maple top and make the rest out of poplar, which i’ll paint.

I spent a little time drawing a few versions and working out how the joinery will go together. I also took my time squaring and flattening the stock for the sides. I can already tell that it is paying off with getting layout and cutting done accurately.

So far I’ve got the mortises chopped on all four stiles and I’ve got the tenons on one set of rails cut and fitted. I cut the tenons fat and used a router plane to get them to their final thickness. I’m still getting the feel of how tight they should be, but i’ve Left an extra half-inch on both ends of the stiles, which I’ll cut off after the whole thing is glued up.

Everything seems to be going pretty smoothly. I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out.

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