Cabinet Progress #9: Catching some Z's

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 05-13-2007 07:00 PM 2707 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I Feel Boxed In

So without Kristin I headed to the shop. Big mistake.. I need to be double checked.

Mistake 1: Above you can see that I cut the dovetails on the front of the drawers. Dovetails go on sides! Duh…. Now they are decorative box joints. I will pin for extra strength.

Mistake 2: I did not chuck the bit tight. It slipped while cutting the dado for the drawer bottom. Here you can see the hole. I enlarged it for repair. (More on that later)

A view of the dry fit drawer.

The pullout drawers.

Repair Time
I did not want to recut the drawer part that was damaged by the loose bit. So I decided to patch it. I thought about covering it with the drawer slide but decided against it.

I ripped 1/4” material, cut it to fit, and glued it in place.

A little sanding.. a lot of putty.. good as new?


Back at home…My door design calls for z-braces. This took some time to mill and fit.

Setting the crossbraces.

Fitting the diagonal takes time and many trial cuts.

Bumping the mitre saw. The good news is that once you get one angle right the other fits. Geometry! Who knew?

Finished z-brace. (needs detailing).

Must get back to the shop…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 05-13-2007 10:50 PM

Sounds like you learned a few things. The z-brace looks great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 11:59 PM

I was confused at first because the drawers from #8 look correct.

The drawers here are shallower and the pins and tails are backwards.

I took a course with Ian Kirby many. many years ago. One of the class members cut the pins and tails in reverse. At least yours will stay together. I don’t think you can do that with a jig.

Nice patch.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 05-14-2007 12:56 AM


The first three drawers from last week are the kitchen drawers that sit above the doors.

The shallow ones that I cut wrong are for pullouts inside the cabinets.

If it can be done wrong, I will find a way to do it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 05-14-2007 02:14 AM

Gizmo, is that blood on your shirt? LOL. I’ve been there! I’m glad that bit didn’t do any damage to you.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 05-14-2007 02:56 AM

No Oscorner…. it is one of an ever-growing collection of paint/stain shirts. ...Walk out to shop… Hmmmm… I will just touch this up…. Doh! .. Another shirt ruined….


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 05-14-2007 01:26 PM

you are too funny. If you can’t laugh at an “oops” then, well, life sure gets depressing!

Love that door.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 02:55 PM

I like your since of humor Giz. Nice door. Half of my garage/shop is filled with mistakes.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 03:09 PM


On my latest “production run” I milled 12 stiles with beads instead of six. Then I proceeded to cut the rabbets too deep so the shutting stiles overlapped about 1/4 inch instead of sitting flush. doh, start again… got it right the second time. Now what to do with those 12 sticks???

Thanks for posting your mistakes – we all make them! I guess every mistake is a lesson. Like Os alluded to, as long as the mistakes do not involve flesh/bone/blood it is OK. You can always get more wood…

-- John

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#9 posted 05-14-2007 03:58 PM

Debbie, Panama, and John: Thanks for the comments.

Yes, best to learn from mistakes.

Speaking of mistakes.The first project I ever made was a small tabletop bookshelf. It was oak with a through keyed tenons. When I went to drill the hole for the tenon it broke.. I ran upstairs from the basement … and said something to my wife like, “I …HATE … WOODWORKING!”.

Then a couple of days later …I signed up for a class.

As a related aside… I think the router is the easiest tool to quickly damage a project…...

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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