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Beads Box #4: Mild Cutting, Doors part, Dadoes, and rabbets

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 10-08-2009 03:28 PM 2043 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had this project on the back burner (literally- it was standing in the back on the burner…) for a long time (just click on the “Previous blog entry” and you’ll see what I mean). and I think it’s due to the fact I have high expectations out of this project, that sometimes I feel are a bit over my capabilities and abilities at this day and age.

But… I finally got some courage, and cut the carcass down so I can pick up on this project, and move onward and forward with it.

So, in short, everything is still dry fit, and parts can be taken apart. I cut off the pieces that will make the doors (still in “1” piece). I cut the dadoes for the the bottom divider, and drawers supports, and the rabbets for the backs on the front (back of the doors) and the back (back of the box):

when I first cut the dovetails it was summertime, and now I think the dovetails absorbed some moisture, and got really tight, when I tried to take the dry-fit apart, the side of the box broke in half (it’s hard to see in the pic, but it’s there) I’ll fix that once I glue up the carcass/main box.

Dadoes and Rabbets

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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sIKE

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 04:24 PM

Sharon,

Cutting the L shape in the carcass must of been scarry. Which method did you end up using?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 04:30 PM

yes it was sIKE, that was among the things that kinda kept me from moving forward with this project, I didn’t want to screw it up.

I ended up using the Bandsaw – one fence setup for the cross cut of the sides, then backed it out, and set the fence for the ripping of the top, and sides to release the parts for the doors.

I wanted to remove as little material as possible since I will be using concealed hinges on the doors with minimal/”no” gap between box and doors, so using the table saw might have removed too much material off, plus, I’d have to clean up the non straight (circular) cuts on the bottom of the parts somehow since the cut is stopped in the middle, and I wasn’t too excited about doing something like that. I think the bandsaw worked very well.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 04:57 PM

Looks Good Sharon to bad about the break,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-08-2009 05:08 PM

Thanks Jim. I kinda figured I’ll run into “issues” by not driving this project from start to finish in 1 go… oh well. at least it’s with the grain so it’s invisible.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 10-08-2009 07:23 PM

Ah yes, this project. I’m glad to see it return. It looks good so far. For things like that dangerous L cut, I’m actually inching ever closer to manually doing things, say with guides and pull saws. Crazy, no? I have a new hand saw arriving today that I spent a lot of money on, and am very excited about. It’s not even the right saw for what I want to do with it. I also ordered a file and saw set to turn it into the right kind of saw, however. That’s how nuts this hobby can make you.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 07:57 PM

I love the Japanese pull saws for this kind of work…. very fine kerf and very easy to control.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 08:20 PM

the only pull saw that I have (or any hand saw for that matter) is a duzuki, which is no good for through cuts like this one since it has the back support. I think the bandsaw did a good job. think enough of a kerf for me. but it’s true that a ryoba would have been a good choice here as well.

yes, this hobby can make you do crazy things… just stay on the safe side of things – please! ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 08:33 PM

Sharon, it’s like watching someone on a highwire. You must be contemplating each move you make on this one.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 10-08-2009 08:47 PM

ha! yes it is Daniel – it reminds me of a game of chess (which might explain why I haven’t played chess in so many years… as I like to get things done and done – or maybe I’m just not that great at chess…)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 10-09-2009 05:07 AM

Hi Sharon;

Cabinet and furniture making boils down to the fine art of fixing boo boo’s.

Often it’s where we learn the most, and our skills get finely tuned.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Nice project.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#11 posted 10-09-2009 03:16 PM

Thanks Lee, I think I’ll adopt your story, sounds like it might be useful in the future :)

the nice thing about dovetails, is that they hold the parts so well, that even with the side piece broken (completely) in half – you wouldn’t see it, and wouldn’t even know it even if you held the box, and tried to pry it apart. even now when it’s just dry fit.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 11:44 AM

Looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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