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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 02-26-2018 09:52 PM 855 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dividers –
 
I decided to have twenty drawers in this cabinet to store nails, screws, and various other hardware. Twenty drawers will require three vertical dividers and four horizontal dividers. I decided to tackle the verticals first. I have through dados on the top face of the cabinet bottom and stop dados on the bottom face of the jack plane shelf. As with half-blind dovetails I can only saw so far to form the shoulders of a stopped dado … no problem … I’ll just use the corner of the chisel to deepen the kerf.
 

 
As with the through dado … I removed the waste with a chisel …
 

 
… and voilà … a nice crisp stopped dado!
 

 
After a quick dry fit to make sure everything was cut correctly …
 
               
 
… I marked the location of the horizontal dividers.
 

 
I then gang cut the half-laps in the verticals.
 

 
Another dry fit and check for square with a 3/4” thick stick. Just four horizontals and this thing is ready for paint!
 
               
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
Mystery Cabinet #1 - The Problem
Mystery Cabinet #2 - Considerations and Design
Mystery Cabinet #3 – And So It Begins
Mystery Cabinet #4 - I Love Dovetails
Mystery Cabinet #5 - Filling In the Shell
Mystery Cabinet #6 – Dividers
Mystery Cabinet #7 – Mystery Solved



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 10:04 PM

For someone who eschews machines you certainly work like one! I took up hand tools because I liked the pace, your a regular Galloot in a wind storm. Nice progress Ron, I’m enjoying the build.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Kelster58

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 10:05 PM

Never saw one by lumber from a box store look so good….....GREAT job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 10:14 PM

I agree with theoldfart in his comment about your working like a machine, seems you never stop to rest, and as he indicated doing, I enjoy taking it easy and slow.
The cabinet is looking pretty good. I was just reading in my new Popular Woodworking that came today that gang cutting the cross member slots like you did, is the correct methodology for accuracy. Smart thinking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 10:41 PM

Shaping up rather nicely!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 12:11 AM


For someone who eschews machines you certainly work like one! I took up hand tools because I liked the pace, your a regular Galloot in a wind storm. Nice progress Ron, I’m enjoying the build.

- theoldfart

Thanks, Kevin. I wonder where this build is  on the galloot scale?


I agree with theoldfart in his comment about your working like a machine, seems you never stop to rest, and as he indicated doing, I enjoy taking it easy and slow.
The cabinet is looking pretty good. I was just reading in my new Popular Woodworking that came today that gang cutting the cross member slots like you did, is the correct methodology for accuracy. Smart thinking.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom. This is shop furniture and I want to get it done … I’ll slow down on my next Prie Dieu. As to the Popular Woodworking article … there is nothing new under the sun … LOL!

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 12:24 AM


Never saw one by lumber from a box store look so good….....GREAT job!

- Kelster58

Thanks, Kelly. Who says you can’t  make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?


Shaping up rather nicely!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thanks, Smitty. As you can see I decided on twenty drawers!
 
               

 

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 02-27-2018 12:33 AM

You sure are making good progress, Ron. It’s looking almost too good for paint. ;-)

Looking forward to seeing the drawer assembly line.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 02-27-2018 12:40 AM


You sure are making good progress, Ron. It’s looking almost too good for paint. ;-)

Looking forward to seeing the drawer assembly line.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. I’m going to paint it white to match the walls. I think it’s too big to otherwise. The Ambrosia maple drawer fronts will get boiled linseed oil and shellac.

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Jim Rowe

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#9 posted 02-27-2018 11:47 AM

It’s coming along just fine.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 02-27-2018 11:56 AM


It’s coming along just fine.
Jim

- Jim Rowe

Thanks, Jim. I will get it painted and hung, today.

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 02-27-2018 01:32 PM

Seeing all those half laps cut at once, I was thinking disaster for me. They look great. I’ll need more practice. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 02-27-2018 02:53 PM



Seeing all those half laps cut at once, I was thinking disaster for me. They look great. I ll need more practice. Nice job.

- doubleDD

Thanks, Dave. Patience and staying on the line is all it takes. Of course, a little prayer before hand doesn’t hurt. LOL!

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