Shop Stuff #4: Two shop helpers

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Blog entry by SPalm posted 12-16-2013 02:35 PM 2585 reads 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been building a lot of cabinets recently. Not my favorite thing to do. Anyway, I came up with a couple of jig thingies to help. First problem was assembling carcasses all by myself. Pocket screws make it fast, strong, and easy to build a carcass. My problem was getting the first three pieces screwed together. So I made a bunch of little blocks by drilling a hole in them with the pocket screw jig. I then slightly rounded a small piece of 3/8 inch dowel and glued it in the hole. When tapped into an empty hole in the bottom of the carcass piece it will overhang by about a half inch, and form an overhang that is flush with the bottom piece. I tap a couple of these blocks in and then set it on top of the sides. A single clamp will now hold the sides tight and aligned. I then screw in the corners, tap the blocks out, and finish screwing the middle. Easy peasy lemon squeasy.



Another problem was that I had to cut some 37 inch tall sides (24 inches wide), and my fence only allows cuts to 31 inches. So I made a simple removable plug to fit into the fence channel and extend it by using a cut off from a Douglas Fir 4×4 on the bandsaw. I then clamped a board onto the back for the fence to rest on. Seems to work a charm. I have a pencil mark on the left side of the fence that points to the ruler that is exactly 10 inches less than what I am going to cut. You might be able to see it pointing to 27 which means that the fence is set to 37 inches.





Here is a quick pic of one of the cabinets that I built recently. Guest bathroom, maple with quarter sawn veneered frame and panel doors.



-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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View CharlieM1958's profile


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#1 posted 12-16-2013 02:45 PM

Very smart stuff, Steve. And the bathroom looks great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 02:53 PM

Cool Beans, Steve!

That table saw fence extender is exactly what I need

Gorgeous job on the bathroom.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 02:59 PM

Love your ideas. That fence extension is a great idea. I already have an extended table (router table attached) but sometimes I need just that little extra & NOW I know how to make that a possibility. Nice powder room revamp.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 03:13 PM

You got a good thinker there Steve, if I might steal a turn of phrase from a good friend.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 03:36 PM

Very clever Sir!

I am going to remember those pocket hole jigs.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 04:42 PM

I used to think you were smart.
Now I consider you a genius.

The pocket hole tip is outstanding. It’s like announcing to Kreg, hey I’m not going to buy 4 of your right angle clamps!

The TS tip is creative indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 04:57 PM

Steve: I’ve got a friend on LJ’s Lee Jesberger and he has made plastic vacuum blocks that he used to hold the piece together until they are screwed.

I’ve always meant to make some.

Yours look like a great idea also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 05:59 PM

Steve, great Ideas, looks like Rockler will have a new jig-it for sale soon. Wonder were all those good ideas come from ???

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 08:09 PM

Brilliant solution Steve.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 10:08 PM

That’s good stuff there Steve. Definitely need to build those pocket hole jigs…. thanks….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 10:53 PM

Don’t buy the “no rocket surgeon” stuff.
I’m pretty sure he is one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 12-16-2013 11:19 PM

Steve; You inspire us all with your ideas. thanks for sharing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#13 posted 12-17-2013 12:22 AM

Thanks people.
I used both of these thingies today and they work pretty well. I am mildly pleased with myself.

Then there is always tomorrow.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-17-2013 01:33 AM

Very creative!! Nice going, Steve!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 12-17-2013 01:35 AM

“Thingies”??? ;-)

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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