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.
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