A Stepback Cupboard build #3: A face frame gets built

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-04-2018 10:53 PM 772 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Shelves and webframes Part 3 of A Stepback Cupboard build series Part 4: Face frame installed, and other mishaps »

Ok. I need to build a “face frame” to cover the front edges of the case..ripped down another plank of Ash

Bandsaw to rip a couple stiles, about 1-1/2” wide. Jointer plane to remove saw marks, and make the two match each other. Needed three rails..

Mitersaw to cut those to length….ganged all three up..

Shorter boards = shorter planes. Then I needed tenons on both ends of these three..

Didn’t like these wide tenons, so they were trimmed down a bit.

As for that groove showing up? It is to match the tongue on the front of the case….Stanley 45 to mill those..

Next, I dug up the mortise jig…again. Readjust it, to allow the thicker stiles to fit…

Chop and fit….

Once all 6 mortises were chopped and fitted..then the fight began….A one-person job? Yeah, Riiiight. Finally got this into the clamps and set aside, for a day…

Mortising toys… Once that was set aside, I could work on the top of the case a bit more…

Then the next day, I got the face frame out of the clamps ( and it didn’t blow apart!!!) and set it in place..

Test the blank for the drawer front into it’s opening…was a bit tight, top to bottom, but….was too dang short. Oh well, it will be a raised panel in one of the doors. Two doors, with raised panels in the bottom. A flush drawer will also be built,
Through, or 1/2 blind dovetails for the drawer….we’ll see how that goes. I first need to attach the face frame TO the front of the case…...THAT should be a lot of cussing…...and about every clamp I have in the shop.

Once this “Base unit” is done, and out of the shop, I can start on the upper case. will be a “Bookcase” sort of thing, and maybe have a pair of drawers over the shelves.

Ash cost? $30, so far..for 32 bf. The 3/4 Plywood I had on hand, had to buy a 1/4” x 2’ x 4” piece of plywood, a couple 1×2 x 6’ and a 1×6 x 6’ Pine board ( drawer sides) I have a 1/2” poplar plank to use as the back of the drawer. Hinges and 3 knobs are ready when needed.

Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 03:36 AM

I have really enjoyed following this. It amazes me what people do differently to produce the same result. I love your methods and am thankful for your detailed blog.

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