Small Cabinet #9: Hey, hey, hey --- look what I did boys and girls!!!!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-06-2009 03:13 AM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Getting ready to do the doors - Math question Part 9 of Small Cabinet series Part 10: Got the raised panels done today. »

With all the great help and encouragement I have received on LJ’s I managed to make my first set of rails and stiles using a router bit set!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still have to do the panels – but I was so excited about this milestone I had to share!




You can see I’ve got a few little feathers on the pieces – but that will not be a problem at all.

I also followed Tooldad’s suggestion and upped the width of the parts to 2”. Looks a lot better I think.

Now all I have to do is remember not to glue them up until I get the panels done.

Thanks for all the help.

Rats – pride cometh before the fall – I didn’t cut the inside of the rails!

Here are updated shots.



I knew something did not look right——-!!!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-06-2009 03:59 AM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 04:14 AM

Well Betsy, I for one only learn by my mistakes. I’ve never had anybody point out all the stuff I’ve done right, lol. You’ll surely know what not to do next time. I think it’s a great proportional design you’ve got going there. Keep up the good work! Nice wood too.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 05:03 AM

That looks great Betsy, keep the nice work up!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 05:15 AM

Thanks guys. I’m actually pretty impressed with myself – didn’t think I’d be able to do it very well the first time through. But once you get your bit heights dialed in (which is easier than I thought also) – it’s a breeze.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 05:32 AM

Great start,

You really have to do tons of set up for those router bit sets. Run lots and lots of scrap till you get ‘em just so.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 06:16 AM

Looks good Betsy. I guess you are over your ills of past.

From here you can’t do anything but get better!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-06-2009 03:26 PM

Excellent Betsy! – I look forward to seeing your progress every week!
That is some beautiful work!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 03-06-2009 04:20 PM

Good stuff, Betsy. Carl’s got it right….you learn the most from mistakes. It doesn’t look like you made very many on that project, though. What type of wood were you using?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#9 posted 03-06-2009 04:22 PM

You’re back on the horse, Betsy! Looks great.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 03-06-2009 04:38 PM

maybe I’ll be coming to you for some help. I’m prety bad at these myself and yours look pretty good. I think if I had a dedicated rail/style bit set it would help. Keep showing your progress. you are quite the inspiration. I’m quickly falling behind you and I think we started at around the same ability level, but i could be mistaken.

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#11 posted 03-06-2009 05:55 PM

Betsy. A great job. I thought the first picture looked a little strange. Then you did the inside cuts. Really looks great now.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 03-06-2009 07:56 PM

Thanks everyone. This group is very encouraging.

As to my health issues. I am getting stronger every day and am doing more and more. My right hand is still weaker than my left but I’m doing exercises that are helping that. My one big draw back is lifting things. I have to be really careful – but if I plan everything out I can usually find a way to lift what I need to and not hurt myself in the process – think leverage!

Hokie – the dedicated bit sets make all the difference.

Cory – the wood is cherry. The drawer case is popular.

Thanks again guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#13 posted 03-06-2009 08:20 PM

Betsy you go girl they look smashing nice and tight good job….........


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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