Shop cabinet #3: Dry fit the carcass

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 09-25-2019 02:23 AM 567 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got all the parts of the carcass complete. I dry fit everything and it all looks like it is going together pretty square. I have a little fine-tuning to do, and I still need to add the dividers for the two rows of drawers. Once that is done and I’ve planed the frames that the drawers will run on, this should be ready for glue-up.

This will be the most complicated thing I’ve glued up, and I’m realizing I’ll really need to have it planned out. The dry fit definitely had a little back and forth tightening clamps and tapping with a hammer to get everything to seat. I also spotted another crack from my dovetailed rails. I seem to be able to get those either too tight to too loose, but never right on. I’ll take a little material off the tail and clamp around it during the glue-up. Hopefully that will prevent it from getting worse over time.

I picked up some maple for the top and pine for the back. Once the carcass is glued up I’ll make the top with 1/2” or 1/4” overhangs on the side and the front. Then it is just making four drawers and two doors and this is done.

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