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Hand Tool Cabinet - Start To Finish #7: Learning tongue & groove on Drill Press Cabinet

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 07-20-2015 12:04 AM 1533 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Researching cabinet construction, design, functionality, fundamentals Part 7 of Hand Tool Cabinet - Start To Finish series Part 8: working on the hand saws »

After many moons, I’ve been reading about cabinet construction. Some things were a mystery: why and when to dado, horizontal or vertical, ideal depth, other cabinet joinery, which joint works better here or there and why, etc. I purchased 5 cabinet books from amazon:
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture & Cabinet Construction by Andy Rae
Cabinets And Built-Ins by Paul Levine
Illustrated Cabinetmaking by Bill Hylton
The Joint Book by Terrie Noll
The Complete Woodworker’s Companion by Roger Holmes

I am more comfortable with plywood for cabinetry in my mind, and now to put to practice. I needed a drill press cabinet to store a majority of hand power tools, drills, forstner bits, etc. So off I went, with the “tongue and groove’ method in mind. Of course, lots of learning mistakes were made. I now know to make a cut sheet, mark out the plywood and label them, measure twice and cut once. I did not follow these ideals when I started, only at the end :) Next will be cabinet organization with building some pull out drawers and deciding on which drill bits to keep, which to toss (I have way too many irrelevant drill bits), PVC pipe to hold the drills, etc. I had so much of this stuff laying here and there in my shop. This should help somewhat. No screws were used in this cabinet, all glue & tongue/groove with clamping. More experience coming up with the same as I must do the identical with my grizzly dual sander (you can see it partially in the last pic and the 4×8 sheet of plywood). Will need to make a home for all my sanding tools, sand paper, worksharp 3000, etc.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"



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#1 posted 07-20-2015 03:57 PM

Good job Holbs!

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 11:32 PM

I really like tongue & groove joinery, for it’s identical to something I’m very familiar with: Lego’s ! Interlocking pieces. But did learn, cheap plywood (yep, this was HD plywood) may have voids here and there, but also can break off with a 1/2” ledge if you bump it at an angle on the floor or even when mating the tongue into the groove. This was a learning practice run, so feasible. For more serious cabinetry, would never use cheap plywood.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 12:17 AM

That looks like it worked. Most of us would have glued the full thickness of those shelves into a dado in the sides. Or used adjustable shelf pins. There are a lot of ways to accomplish shelves. Carry on…...

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 12:19 AM

From what I read, the tongue & groove adds more time and setup, but helps with racking where as the dado joint adds no racking resistance.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 01:01 AM

I don’t have an opinion on the racking issue as I usually have a back on my pieces that prevents racking regardless of shelf attachment method.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 01:05 AM

I’ll probably do a dado on my next cabinet. Waiting on the Veritas 32 deluxe box to arrive for future adjustable pins (won at auction for a measly $50).

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:47 AM

I want to see that drum sander in action! You are the power tool refurb king! Wish you lived next door. When my tools break down, I am useless. I pray every time I start my sawmill that it doesn’t lay down on me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 01:49 AM

drum sander? ... wrong post i assume :) Only drum sander I have is the 10” delta oscillating sander.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 02:42 AM

I see now. A Grizzly belt/disc sander. I thought you said dual drum sander! After your Jet planer deal, I figured you had found a big drum sander!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 02:49 AM

ha! I “almost” won a PerfomaMax drum sander at a local auction… almost. I just have this sander I picked up for $80.

I guess I have been rather lucky in finding 100% functional machines (or near 100%...still waiting on $100 in parts for my $45 8” Geetech jointer from Taiwan).
But watch… now that I have it in my head I should have a drum sander…. let’s see what happens in the next couple weeks. The AuctionAngel comes to me when something is on my mind.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#11 posted 07-21-2015 01:41 PM

I have that same Grizzly sander. But I paid $175 (and thought I got a great deal).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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