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Around The Shop.. #5: Organizing the new shop.. Hanging Tools up Finally!

06-09-2021 06:24 AM by Airframer | 7 comments »

It’s been a busy couple of days here in the shop. I am trying to get all my tools in a spot of their own so I can then go through them and get them cleaned up (again). Over the past 5 years of being stored in a drafty barn they have all acquired a nice coating of surface rust that needs dealing with but before I can do that I need to be able to see them and have a spot to put them away afterwards. That has been my focus so far this week and I am nearly done with finding homes for all...

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Office Cabinet #12: Whew... Hanging the Doors

06-01-2021 06:04 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I was really sweating the door hanging process. I have never hung doors that are inset. The other cabinet doors that I have made were overlay type of doors with adjustable hinges. I really took my time on this part of the project. There are two very good Youtube videos from Paul Sellers and I pretty much followed that process with a couple exceptions. I used the router plane to finish off the hinge mortise. I found that this was more precise and gave me a cleaner mortise and I was abl...

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Hand Tools #3: Finding Tools and a Trip to Ohio

05-21-2021 12:27 PM by Tom | 12 comments »

Over the last 10 years, I have assembled a pretty decent set of tools. Most of them are old “user” tools and there are some modest new tools as well. Believe it or not, I use all these tools. It is a bit romantic to use the wooden planes on a project that is from a certain period, like my drop leaf table reproduction. But you don’t need all these tools to make nice things. You can do a lot with just a small set of tools: bench chisels, a couple hand planes, plow p...

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Office Cabinet #11: Raised Door Panels

05-20-2021 10:25 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I finally decided to make raised panels for the doors on my cabinet. This is a fairly traditional touch. My previous doors on my kitchen cabinets were just flat panels made from plywood. For this project, I decided to go for full thickness oak panels. I have never made these before so I did some reading up on it. What I had not realized is that a traditional raised panel should sit proud of the door frame. It actually sticks out, typically about 1/4” or so. Many of the raised p...

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Office Cabinet #10: Door Frames and Sawing Tenons

05-20-2021 07:29 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

I completed my door frames last week and they turned out pretty well, so far. I need these doors to be very square and true with no twist. The proof will be in the glue up with the panel. The process is basically the same as the frame for the back panel, but they are bit narrower, about 2” wide. Also, I used a 1/4” groove instead of 5/16”. I mortised in the groove with a 1/4” chisel. The important thing is to keep the chisel in alignment. I had very good luck ...

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Office Cabinet #9: Doors and Design

05-11-2021 03:17 PM by Tom | 10 comments »

I have entered a sensitive period in my cabinet build. This is the first time that I am making inset doors with hand tools. My previous door builds were very basic, overlay style doors with flat plywood panels. Those were rather forgiving. The inset doors will need to be carefully dimensioned and they will need to be flat, square and true. So I am working through the process with selecting the stock, sizing the doors, trying the joinery and deciding on the panel design. I go t...

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Office Cabinet #8: Some Assembly Required - Slow progress

04-19-2021 06:33 PM by Tom | 5 comments »

Not much time this past weekend. The weather is getting nice in NJ. But I was able to assemble the pieces for the cabinet case. Decided to sand the inside of the case before assembly. I don’t use a lot of power tools, but a palm sander is a really good one for me. I did a little bit of cleanup with the plane on the edges to make sure everything was level and square and clean before glueing up. I also removed the stupid stickers from the home center (gosh, I hate those things). A...

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Hand Tools #1: My Tenon Saws

04-13-2021 07:44 PM by Tom | 5 comments »

My woodworking hand tool purchasing experience has been fairly haphazard over the last 10 years. I pretty much started with no tools at all and no real idea what tools I needed to get started. This was before a lot of online resources existed, like Paul Sellers. It probably didn’t help that much of my inspiration to try hand tool woodworking came from watching The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. I love that show, but Roy tends to have a huge variety of tools and they see...

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Office Cabinet #7: Face Frame: The fix is in...

04-13-2021 03:18 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I finally made the face frame this past weekend. It went very well and quite similar to the back panel frame, except without the groove. The main challenge for me was the layout. I don’t often work to exact dimensions or drawings when I build a project. My case is about 36” tall and 32” wide, but that is not exact, mostly because my initial dimensioning is focused more on getting square and true stock than it is on working to exact dimensions from a drawing. Once the ...

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Office Cabinet #6: Tapered Sliding Dovetail: Resistance is Futile

03-28-2021 05:47 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

This is one of my slower projects because I have some home improvement going on for the next couple months. It gives me time to consider my next steps in the design and construction of the cabinet. I originally planned (in my mind) to have two adjustable shelves in the cabinet. But in between steps in the project, I began to think it would be fun to permanently set one of the shelves using a tapered sliding dovetail joint. I have only rarely tried this joint with reasonable results in the...

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