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Roll Around Tool Cabinet #8: Cut 1/4" Panels and Dry Fit Frames and Panels

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-29-2017 05:14 AM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I setup my small workbench as an in-feed for my table saw and my assembly table as its out-feed table so I could manage my 4 by 8 foot 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood sheet. First I ripped a strip 18 1/2” wide.

With this strip I would trim the width further plus cross the seven drawer bottoms. With my circular saw I crosscut and end from the remaining sheet approximately 30 inches in length. The four 4 inch by 28 1/2 inch panels for the long drawer would be cut at the table saw. Plus I also used my circular saw to cut another end of the remaining sheet from which I would cut the two upper door panels at the table saw.

The remaining portion of the sheet I cut the back panels for the cabinet. So the image below shows the panels that were cut to lengths and width for the frame and panel structure.

With the panels cuts I began to dry fit the frame and panels. The imag below shows the two long doors stacked on top of each other.

The two small doors on the front of the cabinet is shown in the image below.

The back frame panel dry fitted is shown below.

After dry fitting all of the frame and panels I began sanding the parts with 120 grit. I will finish sanding these parts tomorrow with 220. From that I will begin gluing and clamping these frame and panels together.

LESSONS LEARNED
There is a lot of work milling and cutting the frame parts for frame and panel construction. The panels cut quickly as long as you know their dimensions. With this Woodsmith plan I had those measurements. Only with the small door panels did I find I had to trim two edges to get the frames to match precisely. The fun or enjoyment comes from fitting the frames around the panels which I did with these dry fits. Since I milled my frame parts in two separate processes, I had some of the frame parts a bit thicker than the others. I notice this during my dry fitting phase. To get the frames to match in thickness, I used my #6 bench plane to shave the top and bottom surfaces until I had it thickness the same as the thinner parts for the frame. There were only a few parts that I had to size in this manner.

-- --- Happy Howie



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#1 posted 01-29-2017 04:23 PM

Coming along nicely… It’ll be good to see the finished cabinet!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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