Custom Cabinet Construction #6: Woodworkery vanity sides

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Blog entry by rhett posted 09-07-2013 12:03 PM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me start by saying, much love to the guys and gals who work in the shop with the intention of keeping track for others. Working wood is one thing, documenting, organizing and editing is another.

Rough cutting a plank of 8/4 ash.

Ripped oversize on the TS then squared 2 sides on the jointer. Back to the TS to square 4 sides.

Drumsanded out the saw marks then cut to length.

I now have 4 pieces of ash 2” sq by 30.5” and 4 pieces 2” sq by 22”. Time for some joinery. I cut all the joints on my TS with a tennoning jig and a flat top grind blade. The bridle joint is centered only on the tops. Centered joinery is by far the easiest to accomplish with powertools. Mainly due to the fact you can run your stock end for end and it automatically centers your cuts.

I use a piece of off-cut to sneak up on the tenon. Once set, its time to cut the rails.

I cut the cheeks, but am mindful to keep the scraps, these will be used later for cauls.

Since the saw was already set up for cutting the upper rails “cheeks off”, I used the stop to cut the lower rails to length. Their length is the distance from cheek to cheek, on the upper rails. Loose tenons will be used later to join these rails to the leg bottoms.

A dadoe stack is used to cut the grooves for the panel. The top rail requires a stopped groove, since the ends will show.

The plywood is cut for panels. When laying out plywood, I like to take a moment and work off a center veneer seem. This wastes a bit more material but makes for nicer looking panels.

More to come!

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 11:14 PM

nicely done Rhett.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 02:59 AM

Good stuff man. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one surprised to see the drum sander….from a guy who sells hand planes;)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 10:31 AM

If I had a handplane that could clean up 4 legs at a time, you better believe I would have been using it instead.

Hope you guys aren’t waiting on progress pics. Didn’t seem to be much interest in this blog, so I quit spending the extra time documenting and writing about the build. No need blogging to myself.

Starting to spray today, install on Friday.

Be Good

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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