A Stepback Cupboard build #1: A start up..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-04-2018 09:47 PM 602 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of A Stepback Cupboard build series Part 2: Shelves and webframes »

Ok, been quite busy lately, Holidays, and such. Spent a bit of cash to get about 32bf of Ash, from a friend of mine..

Hauled a few of the 4/4×6” planks to the shop….needed to cut a couple to length, joint the edges, and make a couple panels

Hmmm, thought these were flat sawn..until I found the end grain. Quarter sawn Ash..

Used this old saw, to cut a few blanks to length..

Jointed the edges, and checked for any gaps..

Got one side into the clamps….

Finally wound up with two panels for the case’s sides. While a panel for the top was in the clamps…

Glue removal with a scraper plane #70. Then a bit of work with the other planes…

Then set up to make a few shelves..

First, I needed this old saw. Wanted to cut a fancy foot pattern to the bottom of the two side panels
Laid one flat on the bench, marked out a couple “feet” and a centerpiece. Used that green thing to cut it out. Used the first panel to mark out the second panel, and cut that out. Then stacked both panels together, so I could sand the contours to match each other..

Once that was looking good, I could lay out where the bottom, and mid shelf would be. Also marked out where the top two webframes would go..

Using a blank I thought I could use as a drawer front…..To make a sliding dovetail to house the bottom shelves, I needed another jig.

Just an old homemade rip fence. Set up the router..

Measured from the center of the bit, to the edge of the router’s base, used that to mark from a centerline..

To where the fence should go. Fun was about to begin..

One groove done…

Two grooves done. Adjustment to the fence, got a bit closer to the center line..

#3 groove. Switched to the other panel, all things laid out like before…..started the cut…snap! Ooops.. Meant I needed to go out and but a new dovetail bit….my spare was a single flute, and dull thing…it more or less burned it’s way to the end of the panel..Menard’s had a new CMT bit..

So I was able to finish the last grooves..

I even made a second pass to clean up the burnt groove….

Stay tuned for the next episode…..BRB…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 01-04-2018 09:52 PM

Hey the power router finally gets to do some work , well done Bandit.

CMT are good bits you will be pleased with the results.

Thats an interesting scraper as well, possibly worth a separate blog? (hint hint)

P.S. I did see the power jigsaw as well your really having fun!

-- Regards Rob

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