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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #7: And Some More, Yes, Carcase Joinery

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-15-2012 05:13 PM 3212 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Some More Carcase Joinery Part 7 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 8: Back Panel Rabbets, Galoot Style »

Top and bottom of the cabinet have been defined, but not the space for the jack planes and tambor door. Because there a plenty of pics of the dado process, here’s what the defined spaces look like in dry-fit mode.

And the plane partition has been shaped to match similar pieces in the inspiration piece.

The interior of door’d section then got some attention, again driven by something I saw (and posted) a couple of weeks ago. This shot of the interior of a craftsman-made tool cabinet has the look that’s attractive to my eye. As strange as it seems, I particularly like the area under the drawers…

How to incorporate? For that matter, what material? Well, I think it’s time to try and use some of that originally-envisioned Hoosier Cabinet material in this build. How bad is it? Well, it’s not 3/4”, not flat, and not… well… attractive.

Off to the lunchbox planer. Yeah, I know. Totally out of my character. But you know what? A fellah has got to know his limits and messing with this crappy stuff is my limit. That, and the fact that the planer blades are ready for replacement anyway says it’s a can’t lose to work this stuff over with an electron-driven fury before taking it inside.

First clamped each to the bench to get a solid, jointed edge on the oak…

Cut the pieces to length and width:

Using old meant dealing with a challenge, of course. The first picture below is the crappy finish from the planer that gets smoothed ‘off camera’ later. Then there were dados in the material from the Hoosier days that I had to work into the new build. Fortunately I could create the three drawer look without compromise.

Another set of dado cuts was needed, giving me an excuse to use the combo backsaw. With a bit of trial and error I was able to set a ‘fence’ in place and set depth of the blade inside the adjustable back. A couple of blocks cut from other donor material gave me the verticals for this drawer assy.

I’ll spare all the pain of seeing all the dado cuts required to set this bank of drawers into the carcase; that’s what’s next. From there it’s construction of the backpanel, or whatever gets to be the back of this build. Then the front frame, panel doors, setting the tambor, etc. etc. Wow, am I halfway yet? Doesn’t look like it.

Thanks for looking!

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



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 05:34 PM

Coming along nicely. Good to see the lunchbox planer too! Sometimes, a man has got to do what he has got to do.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 05:40 PM

:-)

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

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 06:42 PM

Smitty,

Looking good.

Sometimes that ‘free lumber’ comes with extra ‘baggage’ to handle. I guess that’s why our tool collections include a few of those seldom used tools.

We invest a little extra time in some projects, quite often even in our own shop furniture, even if it won’t ever be seen, just because we know it’s there.

Work Safe and have Fun. – 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 09:45 PM

Nice Smitty, I agree with you on the use of the electron killers. When I have a lot of volume to get out. I will break out the power tools. I use my hand tools to fine tune and put that handmade touch on my stuff.
It is coming along wonderfully Smitty. You blog in enough detail that most questions are answered.Keep us posted Smitty
Nice work!
Good times;)

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

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 12:02 AM

An update of drawer rack dados.

Then Tonight’s dry-fit exercise of all that is good and right with this build.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 12:52 AM

That carcase is looking like it is getting some nice looking ribs.

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

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 01:26 AM

This is looking GREAT Smitty!, great pics too, I can almost hear the shavings happening.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 01:28 AM

With all those dado’s to cut, what do you think about Dado planes? There are shown in action in the latest PW magazine. I’m thinking if I get likea 3/8” on you can then cut a 3/8” rabbet on the shelf to fit precisley.

The only problem is the stopped dados, a dado plane would work for that I dont think.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 01:33 AM

My shelves aren’t ‘dimensional,’ especially the ones from reclaimed lumber. They’re whatever comes from the irons, flat and true and smooth. It’s amazing how little I actually measure things. And yes, stopped wouldn’t be possible. The combo saw is a huge advance, and I’m still going to make a stair saw someday.

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

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 03:45 PM

Smitty,

would you please give a better view of this “combo saw” (or a link to a previous post if already done before) ?
(or should i say “could you” if more polite ? I am not a native English speaker)

About stair saw, it seems there would be a slight difference between a stair saw and a trenching saw
( see http://www.ecemmerich.com/saegen.html ) wich is pointed too in this episode “German woodcraft in America” of the season 2007-2008 of woodwright shop.
http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2700/2710.html
You might be interested if making one.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#11 posted 04-16-2012 05:28 PM

Sylvain – I have a couple of posts in the Epic Thread on the Simmons combo saw. And yes, the stair saw I’m referring to is very much not the trenching, or frame, saw that’s in the EC Emmerich link above. I’d use a stair saw for stopped dado cuts, I think, as the Simmons combo is well-suited for through (non-stopped?) dados.

Here’s a pic of a saw for sale at the site embedded in the pic that is a stair saw. I’d make one with an adjustable-depth blade…

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

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#12 posted 04-16-2012 06:53 PM

Smitty,
Thank you for the links

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 07:40 PM

You’re welcome! Let me know if those answer your questions!

Oh, and “would you” is right on re: the form of the question, to my way of thinking. “Could you” is asking capability, whereas “would you please” is a (very) polite request for action. :-)

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

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#14 posted 04-17-2012 12:52 AM

I’ve caught up now Smitty so you can carry on my good fellow. I’m enjoying this build and the detailed photos make it easy to follow.

-- 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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#15 posted 04-17-2012 01:01 AM

Glad you made it through, Brit! And thanks for the input!

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

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