The glue is dry on the canvas backs for the tambour doors. Pulled them out of the jig yesterday and broke them all free of each other and to my surprise they curl up very nicely!
Then I got started on a spot that has cause me some anxiety for some reason… the back of the cabinet..
After weighing the options I have decided on T&G with rabbets on the top and bottom and grooves along the sides with a center “Key Stone” slat with tongues on both sides (the T&G will be facing opposite directions from each other on either side of the key stone so the side grooves will work)... for the record… I have no idea what I am doing and simply making this up as I go so if this plan is stupid… I’ll know soon enough lol.
My stock of poplar is 3/4” thick. Most cabinet back plans call for 1/2” stock and I considered scrubbing these down a 1/4” to get to 1/2” but after some measuring it became clear that 3/4” would work best so I can get the tambour tracks installed without too much shimming involved. So I will keep them thicker than usual. Hopefully this won’t cause too much trouble.
Getting started I need to cut the stopped rabbet on the top and bottom panels.
I set my sweet sweet marking guage I got from ChuckC in the marking gauge swap (thanks again!) and scored a very crisp and deep line for the back wall of the rabbet..
Then it was time to get this guy out of it’s box for the first time since I bought it almost a year ago and sharpen it up..
In that pic you can see one of 2 ends I chopped out with a chisel to accommodate the rabbet plane. I also clamped a knocker board to the front and back of the rabbet to keep me from knocking the pins off either end with the plane..
Then after some fiddling and a short learning curve I went to town with the #78 and finished off the rabbet..
Now when measuring these out I figured an arbitrary measurement of 1/2” deep leaving 1/4” of the panel on the top and bottom. Now that it is cut this seems a bit deep but I will live with it and see if this fails spectacularly of works out. I am about halfway through chopping out the end wastes on the top panel now then it will be time to give the #45 a spin on the sides..
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"