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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #8: Back Panel Rabbets, Galoot Style

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-28-2012 02:13 AM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A short update….

I’ve decided the back will be 1/2” thick, and to set the backing material into the carcase means rabbets. The two side pieces get stopped rabbets; we’ll do those after getting the process down on the top piece.

Disassembled the cabinet (in dry fit mode since last installment) and headed to the bench. Set the 1/2” measurement to the fence and the depth stop of the #78, applied wax to the sole and fence surfaces and made quick work of the cut. Used the #95 to ensure the squreness of the rabbet wall… What a fun tool – swirl shavings!

I marked the sides, then, for stopped rabbets. Chiseled in the end depth, and continued with the fillister.

The chiseling wasn’t the ‘end all, be all’ by any stretch, so I moved the iron to the ‘bullnose’ position of the plane. That worked for one side board, but then the rabbet end switched on the second board so the depth stop was now OBE… Chiseled awhile, then reached for a plane I have openly challenged as being useless: The #75 bullnose. It worked reasonably, I will admit!

Next up is fitting the depth of all inside partitions, and tackling the tambour door!

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



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#1 posted 04-28-2012 02:43 AM

Smitty you are the tool man. Dude I love the 95. Nice job. Thanks for the update.

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

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 02:47 AM

looking good buddy, i was wondering where “we” were on this one. looking forward to seeing it stocked up!

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 02:56 AM

The stock-up phase is about as far away as I can see, but it’s getting closer with each completed task… :-)

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 03:06 AM

nice display of tools and technique Smitty! so thats how you use the bullnose on the 78! again you teach me something new!

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

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 03:26 AM

Floor covered in shavings, seldom used tools coming out of hiding … looks fun. Good stuff Smitty.

Thanks.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 12:25 PM

I always know there is a smile from your post. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 12:30 PM

I’m teetering on the use of plywood for the back, knowing it will not be seen inside the cabinet. Is plywood acceptable galoot material, I keep asking myself, or is it a cop out on a tool cabinet?

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

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 12:35 PM

No T&G plane?

-- 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 04-28-2012 12:53 PM

Smitty, I use ply all the time. For this application I would even consider lauan. Not much of a goloot factor, but its cheap, looks good enough for the back, is made from mahogany, takes finish well, and is easy to work with. No, maybe its not for show pieces. I made my boys some foot lockers out of luaun panels some 20 years ago. They both still have them. My youngest son still uses his as a coffee table.

So my vote is Yes, its ok.

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

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#10 posted 04-28-2012 12:55 PM

Okay, a trip to the shop this AM to check inventory. I have these 1/2” T&G boards… Same material used on the Roubo cabinet… I think this is the stuff for the wall-hung, too.

It’s light-weight but strong. Grain not pronounced, almost like poplar or sycamore but it ain’t the latter, I know that stuff. Anyone venture a guess from this pic? It’s old stuff, from the 30s I’s guess…

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

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#11 posted 04-28-2012 12:58 PM

it could be poplar.

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

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#12 posted 04-28-2012 12:59 PM

Don- you are right. If I didn’t have these (didn’t know how much was left on-hand), ply would be the thing… Thanks for the input!

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

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#13 posted 04-28-2012 01:01 PM

Maur, I need a #49 before I can effectively produce 1/2” stock. And I’m working on that… :-)

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

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#14 posted 04-28-2012 01:02 PM

agreed. If I had those t & g boards, they would be my first choice as well. I’ve used left over hardwood flooring quit a bit too. I like the t & g for many reasons, but you have them, and they just look cool. I love recycled stuff.

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

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#15 posted 04-28-2012 01:04 PM

One screw at the ends of each, you think Don?

(Framing them into a panel is overkill…)

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

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