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Tool Cabinet Build #10: Tambour and Rabbets... Oh My..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-12-2013 03:57 PM 794 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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..

Stay tuned!

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



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 05:47 PM

I am learning and enjoying AF. Thank you.

Funny that you are surprised by your capabilities, no one else finds it remotely unexpected.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 07:20 PM

Funny that you are surprised by your capabilities, no one else finds it remotely unexpected.

Most of us made some nice firewood on out first attempts. You just do it like you’ve done it forever!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 07:24 PM

Nicely done Eric.

Those fillister planes are great! I love my MF 85.

-- - Terry

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Airframer

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 12:58 AM

Wow! Thanks guys! I think it is mostly because I feel like I don’t know what I am doing and just making it up as I go (which is true in the truest sense) and because of that I couldn’t possibly be doing it correctly lol.

The perfectionist in me has an anxiety problem I think….

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

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Airframer

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 04:02 AM

Finished up the top rabbet tonight. This one came out kinda ugly. Had to give up on the #78 due to the grain changing direction on me or something. Either way it wasn’t cooperating with me tonight lol. Basically cut this with a chisel. Utilitarian but not fine furniture for sure..

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

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 04:25 AM

Not calling you out by any stretch, but the only time the #78 let me down was when the iron needed honing…

Looks great, Eric. And Tony is right on, BTW.

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

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Airframer

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 04:35 AM

Yeah ti worked great last night but tonight it was creating a piss poor wall and the blade height adjustment was finicky as all hell. Might need the blade honed but just sharpened it up last night and only cut a 12” rabbet with it.. have never had a blade dull that fast before lol.

Meh.. whats done is done now lol.

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

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 04:39 AM

Ah, the Venerable #78. Sometimes it’s worthy of scorn after all.

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

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 12:35 PM

Looks sweet Eric, my luck with the 78 runs hot and cold. I’m guessing my technique probably needs work. :0)

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 03:42 PM

+2 to Tonys comment

If only I could that nice…

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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