Step-back Cupboard Build #17: Been busy with other things but finally have some time to work on the cupboard!

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Blog entry by rwyoung posted 09-12-2009 08:07 PM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once more into the breach!

OK, so the door is hanging temporarily. Since I don’t have back boards on the cupboard yet, this is a pretty easy scribe. Zip, zip, mark, mark.

I don’t have a terribly fancy bench so a little bit of creative clamping is in order. People make fun of Harbor Freight for a lot of stuff but their wooden handscrew clamps are a darn good deal. Can’t have enough of them! Use one at each end of the workpiece and then clamp them to the overhang on the bench. Works pretty well, if a bit fussy sometimes.

So here you see the scribed line at the “fat” end of the board. The white block in the foreground is paraffin wax for the plane sole. The scribe line tapers away to nothing at the other end.

Here are the weapons of massless destruction… The #6 is set for a pretty decent shaving, maybe about 0.005” to 0.008” thick. Runs stuff down reasonably quick. The #4 is set for the wispy thin 0.001” shaving so I can fine tune things and deal with any tearout. FYI, a good idea to pre-set the irons on some scrap before starting. Otherwise consider having the blade pulled in and slowly drop it back down on some test strokes on the workpiece. Better to take a few thin shavings at the beginning than gouge things terribly!

Chicken wing activate!

Most of the work is done with the #6. A few shorter strokes at the heavy end of the scribe and slowly work backward to the other end of the door. In these two pictures, besides seeing my scrawny arms, you can see that I have the plane a little bit skewed as some insurance against tear out. In the second picture my left hand is not grasping the tote. Instead it is wrapped around the sole of the plane just in front of the mouth and riding against the far side of the door. This helps keep the plane level on a narrow board. It doesn’t hurt to check with a square once in a while too.

The other planing tidbit I want to point out is on my right hand I have 3 fingers on the tote with my index finger pointing along the blade/breaker. This does a few things for me. First I can’t fit all four fingers on the tote and second it balances my hand strength a little bit. Sort of like when you grip a golf club you typically have the little finger of your dominant hand off the grip. Same idea here.

For the #4 plane, I have two fingers off the tote and pointing down the blade. Mostly because on the Millers Falls smoother, the tote is a bit on the short side (for me anyway).

And here we see the scribe line is just gone.

When I scribed, I ran the pencil to the inside edge of the stile so I wanted to plane just to the “far” side of the line. Now I can re-hang and double check and if necessary take a few more swipes to even up the gap.

And that is exactly what was needed. The door fit but scraped in a bit. Back off and a couple of heavy cuts down the length followed by a few smoothing passes and here we are! (Excuse the grubby sneaker, I haven’t made a catch for the door yet so I’m holding it shut for the photo…)

A pretty decent fit. I may take one or two more thin passes next time the door is off but for now I’m leaving it alone.

Time to enjoy a beverage from my favorite mug. :D

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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