Shop Cabinet build #10: Clamps came off, build-a-door #2, and other stuff

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-31-2020 08:27 PM 338 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: rack for some chisels, door#2 started.. Part 10 of Shop Cabinet build series Part 11: We have hinges! »

All clamps came off. 1×4s hauled to the shop…supplies laid out, even found a full box of 2” long, coarse thread screws….

So, laid the 1×4 x 6’ down on the mitre box…find the center…should leave 2 pieces at 36” long…in theory

I can’t hold the saw in a “death grip”...makes sawing go better…also use the entire length…not just more teeth, it keeps the wear on just the middle section of the saw to a minimum . Then glue and clamp time..

I kept 3 drills set up, counting the one to drive the screws, one to drill a pilot hole, and..

A Vintage drill, with a 3/8” forstner bit to do 3/8” deep counter bores..saves resetting one drill between three bits.

About 6-7 screws should do…flip this over, and repeat for the other stile…

keeping things steady, while I’m working, was a bit of a challenge….then measured how long to make the top and bottom rails…16-7/8” long…came from a bowed 1×4 x 4’...the worst of the bow was in the middle….scrapped that spot. Then glue and clamps, pull things together and flat,,,do the corners first, leave the clamps in place..

Corners done…lay the door flat on the bench, 6 screws added. rotate, do the other end the same way…

laid a couple long scraps across the bench. Then start cleaning things up….plane, beltsander ROS….ends were done with the door standing on the floor..

One dry fit, to see which way looked best….then marked one end as the top…

“T” for Top. Which meant the while one stile could simply be planed flat..

The stile that will sit against the other door needed a bevel made….doesn’t take much..

Maybe 5 degrees…beltsander COULD do this, but 36” of stile needed something a wee bit longer..

Stanley No.7c, Type 9…..then clean up with the sander.
Placed a scrap 1×4 over where this door will go, and got a clamp ready…time for the dry fit..

You can see the scrap it is sitting on, too…seemed to fit. next Payday I’ll buy some piano hinges to install both doors…i even picked out the handle to use..

Ok, door is as done as I can get it, for now….the rack for the chisels needed cleaned up…

Planes worked nicely….ends were squared up on the mitre box…

Shallow counterbores and pilot holes were drilled..

A Stanley No. 60-1/2 was used to add a bevel to all the sharp edges..

Ends and all…set the rack into the vise, and checked how the chisels will set..

This is actually from the back of the rack. May use a counter-sink bit, and give each slot a bevel, for the chisels to sit a bit better…

Legs were getting a bit crampy…3 hours of shoptime….swept the floor, and closed up shop, for the day.

Stay tuned….may do a bit of work on some hangers for handsaws….until I can get the doors hinged.

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

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#1 posted 03-31-2020 09:14 PM

does anyone have experience with cabinet design software programs. i am looking at sketch up and would like to check out a few other systems


-- Rocco

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#2 posted 03-31-2020 09:27 PM

This tool Cabinet was designed in my head…the infamous Single Brain Cell Sketch Up.

Best system around? A sheet of paper, a ruler, and a pencil….and just start sketching out what you want.

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

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#3 posted 04-01-2020 01:11 AM

Looking good, Sir!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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