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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #9: Carcase Glue-up!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-30-2012 02:35 AM 1436 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Back Panel Rabbets, Galoot Style Part 9 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 10: Backside of a Carcase »

Oh, yeah, it’s time to stop cutting bait and ‘fish’ for a next-level assembly with this project. In other words, this carcase has been apart and together a bunch of times for marking, cutting, and fitting rabbets and dados. All of those shelves and partitions are at the ready; there’s nothing more do do with the carcase apart that can’t just as well be done while it’s together. In the meantime, I have T&G back-cabinet material as well as face framing that needs to be done with the carcase is in a single, assembled form.

The mini-bank of inside drawers has been glued up.

Here’s the sum of the parts as they sit at the beginning of this process:

I’ve placed a number of clamps and cauls at the ready to keep things moving once the half-blind dovetails at the top of the carcase are glued up.

From there the bottom ‘shelf’ will be glued into place along with the stopped dado middle shelf that divides the bottom of the cabinet from the doored top portion. A concern is ensuring the case is set square by the end of all clamping. A prelim measure tells me one diagonal was 55 7/8” while the other was a bit longer than that:

So ready the long bar clamps, then, to draw up the diagonals as required…

Gluing the half-blinds:

Then glued up the much-less exciting bottom and middle shelf pieces. The Titebond woodglue has a setup time that I’ve learned to take advantage of – there’s time to get things set where I want them before applying clampage. Lots of clamps, including a single bar clamp to pull things into square. About an eighth inch was all that was needed. I ensured the shelves were totally flush with what will be the front of the tool cabinet (which is the bottom as the unit sits on the assy table).

Wiped all joints with a wet rag, all is set and ready for the second round of adhesive work: Adding the inside-the-cabinet small drawer bank to the assembly as well as setting the vertical partitions that define the spaces for the twin jack planes.

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



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#1 posted 04-30-2012 02:56 AM

To square the carcass, the clamp is placed on the diagonal that measured long, correct?

Good to see it coming together.

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 03:09 AM

That is correct, Tony. All the clamps make it tough to get a clear measure, but that’s what I did to pull it into square.

Yes, I’m happy with the progress, too. :-) Glad you’re enjoying!

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

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 04:07 AM

Starting to look like something now there Smitty,once again impressive tool work. Keep up that labor of love !......ROB

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

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 04:17 AM

Thanks, Rob! I’m anxious to get started on a few features of the cabinet that are stuck in my mind to this point that, if I pull it off, will make the build really cool…

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

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 08:49 AM

Smitty, How do you like those pipe clamps? I need to add clamps to my shop and I have been thinking about getting some pipe clamps.

Now everyone can see what fuels you shop; Bush light and Folgers.

Great blog to work vicariously through, thank you.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 11:19 AM

Sam, I’m a firm pipe clamp guy… They deliver all I need in terms of clamping capability, plus they’re relatively cheap and Pony brand is made in the US.

Thanks for noticing the empty box. It’s this spring’s Shop Beer :-). Glad you’re enjoying the series, thanks for reading!

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

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 11:25 AM

You’re getting there Smit. Its looking good.

Sam, I like pipe clamps myself. They are cheap (by comparison) You can usually find them used, and with pipe connectors and different lengths of pipe you’re sure to have the length you need.

Just one suggestion, get one brand and stick with it. Pony seems to be the best. I have a few different brands and they are slightly different heights. Annoying for panel glue ups.

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

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 11:55 AM

That’s a good suggestion, Don, Re: one brand. I’m a voucher for that ‘truth.’

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

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#9 posted 04-30-2012 01:38 PM

Great progress Smitty!

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

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 01:54 PM

Thanks for checking in, Mauricio. I typically give myself plenty to time before glue-ups like this one in order to be certain I’ve done all to the carcase that’s best done while it’s in pieces. Hope I didn’t miss anything, but, it’s too late now!

My lunchbox thickness planer shot craps last weekend, hoping to get it repaired and back soon. Decided to use it on the rough-sawn cherry that will be the face frame and door material; too much material that has to be of uniform thickness to address with only hand planes. I’ll still dress it / final smooth with the #4, of course, but I’m definitely using technology for the heavy lifting.

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

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 04:13 PM

Smitty,

Lots of consideration and expertise going into this cabinet. That old Hoosier Cabinet lives gloriously to serve another day.

“The best part of gluing up, is Folgers in your cup”. – 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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#12 posted 04-30-2012 04:38 PM

Len – LOL at the glue-up jingle! Love it! :-)

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

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 05:23 PM

Probably 10-15% of what you see above is from the hoosier, and that’s entirely the famework for the mini-drawers. The drawer fronts will be hoosier salvage, and the tambour is, too. The donor had solid oak sides. They’ve each got some serious wind, and I have yet to figure out where to use them. Bottom line is, there simply wasn’t much usable stuff. But I’m trying.

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

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#14 posted 04-30-2012 09:26 PM

Nice work Smitty. She is coming along nicely. I love the closeup shots of the glue up. Great camera action.

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

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 09:32 PM

Taking pictures of a board’s end, glue brush in one hand, camera in the other while balancing the board against one knee, makes for an interesting ‘effect.’ I’m typically thankful no one is watching as I stop to take pictures of otherwise mundane tasks… ;-)

We LJs are a strange lot…

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

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