Venturing into Parts Unknown - Hand Tool/Plane Storage #5: Dutch Tool Chest - shiplapped back

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 08-11-2017 07:10 PM 2717 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I got excited a few months back because I’d just acquired a large portion of old s4s 3/4” pine boards from a friend who was dismantling some shelving. I wasn’t ready to start on dovetailing the bottom and sides together so I thought I’d start with the rabbets on the back pieces, and I could rip the last piece down so it could be at proper width once everything else was done. Seems fairly straight forward, no? I set my Stanley 78 up for 1/4” wide by 3/8” deep rabbets, grabbed the boards I’d cut to rough length and away I went. I made sure I marked each end of each board so I knew which way to orient them in the end. I’ve got them roughly to size but obviously something is up. I’m hoping it’s just that I wobbled while planing and can correct this by making the rabbets a bit deeper on each side.

First mistake, surely not the last! I’ve already checked the bottom and side boards and decided they were going to warp too badly once pressed into service. On some parts need a width of 11 1/8 and these boards are about 9 1/8 wide. There’s enough knots in them to make it hard to find a clean piece to append to it, but for free wood, who am I to complain?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 03-01-2018 12:48 PM

In the second picture, the left board’s rabbet shows a sidewall that is a bit out of square. That’s actually pretty typical when cutting rabbets with the No. 78 / is hard to avoid. It’s also when a should plane, such as a 92, comes in handy. Just lay it in there and with a couple of passes, the cut squares up quickly.

When’s next installment? :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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