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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-17-2013 05:13 PM 1024 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the last couple of days before and after work I have had an assembly line of sorts going on in the shop for the glue up of the side, top and bottom panels of the cabinet case. I am up to 3 done and one more in clamps as we speak.

As each one came out of the clamps and a new one went in I went about cleaning up and flattening the faces with a myriad of hand planes and my scraper.

I purposely made each panel slightly oversized just in case I needed to rip a glue joint and re-joint. So far that hasn’t been needed but better safe than sorry.

The 2 sides ready for final dimensioning..

And cleaning up the bottom panel..

Now onto the Bonus Top Of The Day lol…

I will preface this with a statement… I cannot be the only person out there that does this and I am sure most of you will look at this and say “duh!” but I was pretty proud of myself for figuring this out and thought I would share..

I know there has been a few people asking on the forums about chasing their tail when edge planing to a final dimension. You either end up with a slanted edge or completely overshoot your measurement. This is a problem I have had for a while but I finally got it figured out I think.

I need these panels to be 14” wide which means I need to take off close to half an inch. I could rip that but that presents it’s own challenges and I prefer to plane the edge down if it is under one inch.

First thing is to determine a reference edge and measure up from there on both ends and draw a line. Unless you are sure your ends are square (these aren’t yet) don’t use a square to draw the line.. just measure from the same edge on both ends and draw a line connecting them.

I do this on both sides using the same reference edge then clamp it into the vise.

Next I get out my spokeshave. You could also do this with a jack, jointer or block plane but I like how I can see the line with a spokeshave the best and I can take off a lot of material pretty quick with it.

Using the spokeshave I create a beveled edge all the way down to my line. Don’t remove the line just barely kiss it. Do this on both sides so that your edge now looks like this..

Now get out your jack plane and plane down the peak until it just disappears and becomes flat from edge to edge. Then a couple light passes with the Jointer and your edge should be straight and square and your board will be the same width across from middle to ends.

Now I just need to do that with the other 2 panels and the top once it is out of the clamps and I can get started making this look like a cabinet… sorta.. maybe lol.

Stay Tuned :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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CL810

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 05:23 PM

Very clever Eric!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 05:38 PM

That’s a neat trick.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Gibernak

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 10:00 PM

I’m really looking forward to following this project

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AnthonyReed

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 05:07 PM

Great tip Eric. I’ll give it a try. Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 05:14 PM

That may be the best use of a spokeshave I’ve seen so far. I know they’re good for lots of things, but this is a very practical use that I really like. Thanks!

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

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Airframer

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 07:12 PM

Thanks guys. I’m glad you guys found this useful :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 07:17 PM

Slick brah!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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RaggedKerf

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 05:34 AM

Nice trick! Will definitely use that…

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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