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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #6: Some More Carcase Joinery

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-15-2012 04:21 AM 3098 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: What's In a Partition? Part 6 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 7: And Some More, Yes, Carcase Joinery »

So there’s a bit more that has to be done before finishing the overall carcase of this wall hung tool cabinet to be, and it’s all about dados and stopped dados. Quite simply, the cabinet will be divided into two distinct parts: a lower section that has a tambor door and storage for two jack planes (cambered #5 and #62), then an upper section that has a pair of doors with ‘depth’ storage inside.

So the first thing to do is create the joints for the divider as well as the bottom to the overall cabinet. Here’s a pic that shows the extent of the ‘serious planning’ this project has experienced re: layout to date…

Bottom first, and it’s the hard way. Mark the lines, sink the chisel lines and work the router plane ‘til the bottom of the dado is reach.

Then I marked out and ‘chopped’ the stopped dados for the horizontal stuff that will clearly define the top of the cabinet from the bottom.

Then marked the stopped dado line to finish the install finish.

Success!

... just have to clean it up a bit, because reclaimed material can sometimes look, well, used… :-)

All of the salvaged lumber featured a very bad (and persistent) double line of raised material that posed a challenge for the router and just looked bad.

Initially I used the #18 block to knock it down.

But a slightly cambered #5 1/4 turns out to be my go-to rough work jack plane for work like this… Lighter, like a scrub, but not as heavy on the removal. A quick shot of before-and-after:

That’s all for now. Future moves include a bit more of the dado thing, and an actual use of some of the original donor hoosier cabinet material! Huzzah! :-) Thanks for looking.

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



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Robsshop

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 05:00 AM

Smitty, looks like Your Tool Cabinet is shaping up nicely and the reclaimed lumber has great character IMO ! Your hand tool work looks very clean and Your hand tool arsenal is impressive ! I will continue to watch Your progress,thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next installment !..........ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 05:59 AM

Thanks for checking in, Rob. It’s getting there. Being very deliberate at this stage because I want to be sure and catch all joinery that’s possible only before glue-up. The cabinet isn’t exactly planned out in detail, so there’s an element of surprise to it every time I head out to the shop. I’ve decided this weekend, for example, the facade of the cabinet will be cherry vs. anything else I have on hand. ASnd it’ll be the first build I do with cherry, so good experience. Should be fun!

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

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 11:40 AM

Smitty,

That cabinet is shaping up nicely and absence of corded or battery powered tools takes me to a quiet, calm, inner peace where the whisper of wood shavings from the plane and hand router delivers me back, 50 odd years, to my Grandfather’s shop. Power and field expedience has displaced the luxury of near silent construction.

Carry on my friend, enjoy that build. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 12:00 PM

Glad to have found this blog albeit a little late! This build has been captivating for me to read this morning, thanks for posting Smitty. I just finished a Quilt chest out of cherry, it was my first time working with this wood and I found it was great to work with. I did have to deal with some tear out when hand planing the top but that forced me to become more proficient with the sharpening and use of card scrapers.

@Len, couldn’t agree more…

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 12:33 PM

Man, Len, you have a way with the written word. To you and Tim, thanks for jumping in! Hope I like cherry, because there’s lots to do with it when the time comes. I’ve done a little playing around with some scrap at the bench; it is certainly a hard wood and needs the finest of plane iron edges to work easily. So I’ll have to be on my toes…

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

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 12:41 PM

very nice work Smitty. I agree Len has a way with words. ” takes me to a quiet, calm, inner peace where the whisper of wood shavings from the plane and hand router delivers me back”

I thought it was worth repeating.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 04:15 PM

Looking great. I am learning lots. Thank you for the detail Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 04-15-2012 05:49 PM

Smitty the action shots of the planes are great. That closeup of the 71 was classic. The project is coming along nicely. Great tips on re-purposing old lumber. I await to see it filled with tools. Nice job.

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 01:08 AM

Smitty,
Well I cant really add much to what has already been said. Yet, it seems to me that you are having a lot of fun with your picture composition.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 01:17 AM

I figure if you didn’t know firsthand what a #71 looks like in use, you do now…m:-)

Super, the ‘filling it with tools’ part has me puckering the most. I’ve got high hopes, but precious little when it comes to specifics. So I’m enjoying the challenge of the build and will deal with arrangements and cubbies when that time comes!

Scott, The big south-facing window plays havoc on the shots I can get, but I’m figuring out ways around the limitation. Probably take too many pics, but it’s becoming second nature. Thanks for looking – hows the bench build coming?

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

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#11 posted 04-16-2012 01:51 AM

It is kind of hard to have too many pics. Alot of your pics in the last 2 blog entries possess good composition (at the risk of sounding too artsy).

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 04-16-2012 01:59 AM

(Googling ‘composition’ as it applies to photography…)

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

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 02:39 AM

Here is some reading Smitty

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

This struck me… the way the scribing knife and combo square point to the subject. The framing square leans toward the subject as well. But I am just geeking out here.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 02:42 AM

I just read those Ten. Interesting! And the observation ^ it makes sense. I had no idea…

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

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Brit

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 12:28 AM

Looking good Smitty.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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