Shop cabinet #2: More stock prep

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 09-14-2019 12:35 AM 895 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design and side frames Part 2 of Shop cabinet series Part 3: Dry fit the carcass »

I’ve gotten plenty of practice ripping, flattening, and squaring lumber with this project. The four side panels are glued up and prepped. I still need to raise them so they will fit into the grooves in the frame.

The bottom rail and the top two rails are done. The bottom rail is joined to the sides with mortise and tenons while the top rails are joined with dovetails. I cut a very small shoulder on the bottom of the rails to help when I transferred them on to the sides to cut the pins. That made getting them lined up properly much easier. I’m planning to do that on all my dovetails from now on.

I’m getting a little better at half-blind dovetails, but I still find getting the fit right tricky. Even though these will be under the top and not seen, I really tried to get good joints with no gaps. These are better than the last ones I cut, but I still had a few small gaps. I also ended up with a little crack in one of the sides. I’ll glue that closed before final glue-up, and make sure to clamp that corner well when I do the final glue-up. I’m not concerned about it affecting the integrity of the cabinet once everything’s together.

I’ve got all the pieces for the bottom frame and two frames that the drawers will ride on cut out roughly. My next step is to get them all planed and square before cutting the joints. All three will go together with mortise and tenons, and the bottom will get panels.

This has turned out to be a pretty big project, but I’m happy that it feels like is moving along. I feel like I’ve gotten more confident making long rips. The last one stayed nice and straight for about 50 inches. Of course, I had left myself a full quarter-inch extra, so I still had plenty of planing to do to get the panel to is final width, but next time I think I’ll be more willing to cut closer to my final dimension.

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#1 posted 09-14-2019 01:29 AM

Oh, just realized I didn’t post the pictures of the side frames once they were done.

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