First cabinets #3: More progress

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Mark Gipson posted 06-07-2009 10:54 AM 1973 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Face frames completed Part 3 of First cabinets series Part 4: On the home stretch »

I’m back in the shop after some time out to visit my wife’s village for a funeral. The cabinet for my workshop has been fully assembled, a stain and finish applied and my planer / thicknesser has been mounted.

Cabinet for jointer

The jointer cabinet is mounted on 4 small castors and seems very stable in use. I had some problems fixing the top onto the cabinet and mounting the jointer. I hadn’t really thought about access for fixing the top when I put the fixed shelf in place and there really wasn’t enough room to get a drill or screwdriver in there. When it came to mounting the jointer I could only get 3 bolts in place, my lack of a drill press led to some inaccurate holes for the mounting bolts. The angle in the photo makes it look a bit tippy but I haven’t noticed any problems so far.

Cabinet door

I am also making a door for the cabinet, my first attempt at door making. I forgot to check reality when cutting the styles, the final door is only just big enough to cover the opening in the face frame. When I resized my design I made a small mistake in SketchUp and carried that onto the final build, lesson learnt. The stub tenons for the door are not as nice as I would like. I cut them with my new table saw and got distracted by the blade not cutting a flat bottomed groove. In my attempts to smooth out the bottom I cut a bit deeper and wider than required. To give the joints a bit more security I drilled a hole through each joint and drove a dowel through to peg them into place.

3 comments so far

View stefang's profile


16700 posts in 3692 days

#1 posted 06-07-2009 11:20 AM

Looks good to Me. Making these little mistakes is a great way to learn. Usually it takes much more time to fix mistakes than to do the job right from the beginning, but you also learn something from the fixing. Apart from attending a good woodworking school or having a mentor close at hand, it’s the only way I know to improve your craftsmanship. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 4657 days

#2 posted 06-07-2009 03:49 PM

There’s nothing wrong with a doweled tenon.

If you offset the holes about 1/64”, it’s called a draw bored tenon, & it will pull your joint tighter.

You don’t even need glue.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

View a1Jim's profile


117615 posts in 3935 days

#3 posted 06-07-2009 05:39 PM

looks good well done

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics