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therealSteveN

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01-17-2021 07:53 PM

A while back I posted the question asking how do you lay out your projects. At that time I was talking mostly plywood layout, and looking at best yield per sheet. Which I imagine a lot of people do look at when building cabinets let’s say.

It was a good thread, with plenty of participation, and a lot of good links. Thanks to all who joined in.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/311882

At the time I was also mindful, that many a time I didn’t look at most pieces per sheet, but what pieces was I getting. So when a recent post on Pop WWing came to my inbox, I thought I’d make a part 2.

Their title is Good Looking Panels.

https://www.popularwoodworking.com/tricks/good-looking-panels-2/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=106831320&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_GLTk4BuW5fjWs_MLnB30fh9rL8oc3nlpQY7187m-PWbpJ-rZvO3LNLo0o4YjjxZ-1fwfIe4sOYm-uO25n2jsHYbFYdA&utm_content=106739421&utm_source=hs_email

What is your personal dividing line? The point when you aren’t concerned about looks, or are you always just concerned with yield, and let the chips fall where they may?

I’m currently doing shop cabinets, and am heavily in the yield camp. For any cabinet I can remember going inside the house, even laundry rooms, I’ve been more concerned with look. Discuss…..

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#1 posted 01-17-2021 07:57 PM

When I do cabinet the products are quality so the looks and yield are acceptable….

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 08:15 PM

So you don’t use plywood panels? Or you do, and lay them out like they are showing in the link?

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 08:29 PM

I use to use PB core on finished materials. Now I only order combi core. I only use rotary cut when I can..

Are we talking about cutting out for flat panel doors or for sides, etc on the boxes?

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#4 posted 01-17-2021 09:23 PM

When I’m making furniture or cabinets I’m focused on better looks more than optimal yield. I try to not waste anything, but in the long run, I feel that how it looks is almost as important as how well it is constructed.

If I’m making something that will be temporary or may be used roughly (i.e. where looks are not as important) then I go for function over looks and try to use up any scraps or other stock I have.

I often use plywood panels, but I prefer to apply shop sawn veneer to them.

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#5 posted 01-17-2021 09:34 PM

Furniture pieces and cabinets are different.

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#6 posted 01-18-2021 03:39 AM

Bill I think you and I are on the same page. I’ll go yield on shop cabinets, because end of the day I expect them to take a beating.

Jack I agree a difference between cabs, and furniture. I also see that cabinets can be rough, or very nice, depending on use, and if I am getting paid.

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#7 posted 01-18-2021 03:47 AM

This will depend on a lot of things. Wood, overall design, color, etc.

I use a traditional dark oak stain that you can use just about any piece of oak you want and it still looks the same.

Another stain I use has grey black undertones that accentuate differences in color of the wood. When using this stain, I pay more attention to color, grain.

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