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Roubo Cabinet #5: Panel Glue-Ups

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 1079 days ago 2044 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Laid out the pieces to get panels that will be the top and two sides of the cabinet / carcase, paying some attention to grain pattern as well as grain direction, to get pieces that would be visually appealing and that would (hopefully) smooth well at final finish. Here’s the walnut all laid out:

I’m gluing up a total of four total panels – two walnut and two pine. Not rocket science – apply glue to both edges:

Brush out, then squeeze. Walnuts were first, and one of those needed some vertical clamping to keep it from bowing front to back. The other did well without help.


I did do a fifth assembly the day before the panel work with all the walnut cut-offs; this picture shows those smaller widths that were jointed w/ the #8 and glued to make bulk edging material for the pine partitions; easier to work with cuts to width than narrower pieces that aren’t true. I know, I’m still having a hard time throwing anything away from this old table…

Here’s one of the pine panels with walnut edge band, glued up on Panel Day:

After sitting overnight, the clamps were removed and excess glue was basically scraped off by holding a 1” chisel nearly flat against the joint and running it front to back. Once all were out of the clamps, I did some additional smoothing across the larger faces to bring some inconsistencies under control. The walnut went fine.


The pine smoothing work was more interesting. Like the backs of the walnut, I ran the pine boards through the power planer to get to consistent thickness; clearly the blades need some sharpening. Here are views of the pine being worked, to include a shot of “specks” that were then smoothed out with a 4 ½. All then looked great.



Completed panels appear to be flat and true, so this part of the build is now ‘in the can.’ Four panels don’t a cabinet make, of course… many hours of shop time so far and all I have to show my wife are some big boards.

I’ve starting ‘sticking’ my raw materials at this point. It’s very, very rainy this spring and I would hate for these panels to start going all weird on me. That, and no matter where I place them they’re in the way. So it’s over to the assy bench (now cleared of all other interests) for these panels until they get dimensioned prior to joinery work.

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



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Dave

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#1 posted 1079 days ago

Great glue up Smitty, I was given a large load of hard wood and was faced with storage also. I built a rack overhead and at the height it is the checking will not be a severe.

Oh some of your picks are missing. Might wana check it out.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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NBeener

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#2 posted 1079 days ago

Nice post. Good looking panels !

I think “Panel Day” should be a Federal holiday :-)

I wonder whether there will be any movement issues with walnut+pine…..

-- -- Neil

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 1079 days ago

@Super – think I’ve got the pics figured out in the post – thanks for the heads up! Formatting the links is a pain sometimes… Question on your pics – who’s the Patron Saint of Racks (headshot photo on the wall)? Does she prevent checking, twist and wind? :-) Lots of space up there – good use of overhead!

@Neil – Thanks! And I think I’ll write my congressman RE: Panel Day… They’re not getting much of anything else accomplished these days! :-)

Regarding movement, each of the ‘boards’ is certainly over 50 years old and that entered into my decision to not worry about it. Especially length-wise. If there (ever) is severe change, the joint will fail and the recourse will be to drive some screws into the face of the cabinet. I don’t think it will happen, truthfully. If material isn’t stable at this age… But then, come to think of it, I’m not necessary stable either. Crap.

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

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#4 posted 1079 days ago

looking good sofare :-)

take care
Dennis

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DinoWalk

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#5 posted 1025 days ago

Smitty, nice series so far. I really like how you’re using salvaged wood. What glue do you like to use?

-- http://thedinosaurwalk.com/woodworkerswarehouse/

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#6 posted 1025 days ago

@dino- Thanks. Glue is nothing special, just Titebond. Glad you’re enjoying!

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

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#7 posted 997 days ago

Very nice blog and very nice work.
A joy to read and to follow

-- Bert

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 997 days ago

@Bert – Thanks! I wish I would have taken a picture of the donor table back in March… So ugly. The first picture above, after the text “The walnut went fine.” There are a couple of holes visible. Those were locations of 3” wood screws that were holding the table together when it sold at auction for $1. I didn’t plug them, they’re visible on the finished cabinet. Always a reminder to me of what can come from what appears to be total cr*p. :-)

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

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b2rtch

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#9 posted 997 days ago

When I was very young my father told me the most wonderful thing about wood is that it can always be made like new.
This is what you did , great job.

-- Bert

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