Making a Penn spice cabinet using mostly hand tools. #9: The blade master, and I'm not talking lightsabers!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 03-31-2012 04:07 AM 2674 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again. It has been quite a week. I have been able to get work done every night so far this week and I have made some good progress. I left off #8 getting the three horizontal drawer blades sized and fitted. So I’ll pick up there. To fit the rest of the blades, I had to cut them to size. I used my crosscut carcass saw and a bench hook to get them close.

Then I used my plane stop and planed them really close to thickness. I had to use the toothed blade for most of them and clean them up with the regular blade. (I forgot to take pictures)

Then once I had them to thickness, I took them to the shooting board to get them just right…

Once I had them all to size, I had to make a notch in all the horizontal blades so they would extend past where I made the stopped dado. For this I set them into position and used a knife to mark the lines and then I used a razor saw to cut out the notches.

After that I again refined the fit of all the drawer blades. Woo hoo, done that part. Now glue up time!

While I was gluing up, I noticed that the top had a slight cup in it, nothing that the glue would not take care of, but just in case… So I drilled some 1/4” holes about 1 1/4” into the top and glued in some little pieces of dowel. Now here is a small confession… I don’t have a usable egg beater drill, and I don’t have small enough bits for my brace… and even though I have a corded drill… I got my little mitts on a Festool C12. Goodness gracious me, I could go on about Festool until my eyes are deep blue and green! What an awesome tool. But… this is not a tool review so back to business… this is what I looked like when I was done.

After letting the glue cure over night and all day while I was at work, I used a flush cut saw to take off the protruding dowels, and then I planed the top and both sides so everything was nice and flush. I once again dry fit all the drawer blades. And this is where I am sitting right now.

This is really starting to come together and I am getting more and more excited about seeing this thing done. My next step is to start working on the drawers. I still have the other half of the slab, and that is where I am going to be getting the frawer fronts from. So I have quite a bit of work to do to get them usable. As well as a fair amount of planning so I can get the grain and figure to match as best as possible before I start cutting into the slab. I already have the drawer sides cut and they have been stickered for several months. This is the part that I am most excited about, I really like making drawers.

So… in the mean time and in between time!!!
(Extra points if you can tell me who used to say that)


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#1 posted 07-17-2012 12:56 PM

Looks fantastic.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 01:41 PM

Looks Great so Far !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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