Roubo Cabinet #6: Cutting to Size

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-09-2011 11:22 PM 4937 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t always subscribe to ‘measure twice, cut once’ because the stuff I build isn’t set in stone; designing around mistakes, when they happen, isn’t too difficult, typically. The foam board mock up I did for this cabinet, for example, represents a high-water mark of up-front design work for shop furniture! With more complex builds, Sketch Up may be something I need to learn. But I digress…

After the many hours of work required simply to get panels made to work with (example of one of the walnut panels here):

I approached cutting with some concern. After all, it’s not like I can create more raw material and recover without issue; the table parts are pretty much all used up. The donor table has been disassembled and processed, along with some old pine, into a total of four panels that should just be enough material to build this tool cabinet. Cutting was going to be via handsaw, free-hand on the table saw, or via the DeWalt RAS. I chose the RAS for ripping and cross-cutting. I pulled back the carriage and set the width of cut needed for the top and sides panels, then ran each of them through.

The pine (bottom and partition) panels) were then cut using the same blade setting. Cuts completed without issue / couldn’t be more pleased. I should be able to get all of the four interior drawer partitions: 1) out of a cut-off from the bottom panel; and 2) from cuts of the second large pine panel. Won’t have much extra material when all is said and done.

Next step is to start putting these pieces together with dovetails on the corners and stopped dados at the ends of each partition. Knowing there’s no room for error adds just a little pucker, not?

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

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 02:34 AM

Looking very nice Smitty. I noticed your collection of hand saws. Are you a hybrid woodworker? Keep the blog going I am interested in the outcome;)

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 03:00 AM

@Super – I guess Hybrid is as good a word as any for how I’m working anymore. And it’s a great way to go. That’s a more ‘thoughtful’ blog entry for another time… Maybe… :-)

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

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