Tool Cabinet Build #11: Tonguing and Grooving The Night Away...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-14-2013 03:21 AM 1661 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I finally finished cleaning up and installing the missing parts for my #45 and couldn’t resist putting it to work.

First lets catch up..

Last installment I had finished 1 of 2 rabbets for the top and bottom of the back. I finished up the second one last night. This one didn’t go as smoothly as the last and I really cannot pin point the issue but my #78 just would not cooperate. I ended up chopping the whole thing with a chisel. Remind me not to do that again lol.

It ain’t the perttiest joint but it will work..

Top and bottom finished..

Now I turned my attention to the grooves along the back sides. For this I broke out the #45 and a 1/4” plow cutter. That is when I realized I might have a problem. According to the grain direction I would have to go at this using the plane left handed on the bench. I wasn’t sure if the #45 was capable of doing this but never to be restricted by rules I moved the rods over to the other side, installed the fence and gave it a go.. it worked swimmingly. I originally was going to try and make these stopped grooves so they wouldn’t go through the tails but said F it and just went the whole length. The holes will only be visible on the bery back top and bottom and if they really bother me I can easily plug them.

Then there is the second area that has been dealing me fits since dreaming this up.. the secondary wall that will separate the saw till in back from the rest of the tool storage in front. I have decided to just do a simple T&G wall.

Maxed out my #45 on these cuts..

Turns out my plow cutter is slightly smaller than my tongue cutter (which isn’t abnormal for these planes from what i read) so out came the #78 to fix that up.. only needed one pass per side..

And now for those of you who are confused about how this wall is situated in the box.. this might help clear that up..

So I toss this out to the panel… is this a fools errand? I plan to add a nailer to the top and bottom till side of the secondary wall to pin each slat to which should(?) keep it flat and control movement?

Also.. beaded or no?

Stay Tuned!

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

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 03:40 AM

Great show Eric! Nice work and wonderfully documented. Thanks.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 07:42 AM

Man, you rock! :-)

The whole thing is going to be quite heavy I think.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 03:44 PM

I’m still a confused as to what you are doing with the walls and the tambour doors but I’m sure it will be sweet. Great action shots! Thats a nice use of the T&G cutters.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 03:47 PM

Can’t answer on the nailer Q. I have no experience in this dept. On the bead though, I would go without, but thats cause I like things clean and simple. I say its your box man, if you like beads, bead the whole darn thing. ;) Lookin good

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

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