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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #13: Making Boards and Sourcing Inside Drawer Parts

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 839 days ago 1446 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A quick and dirty update with pictures of progress made (if I can call it that) since the last installment. And progress has been painful because the lunchbox planer shot craps. Why is that a problem for a galoot like me? Well, the cherry I’d like to use for the front of this cabinet is substantially cupped and ‘the electron way’ was going to help me move past those flaws. Not to be, so I’ve been making boards the hard way. In no real order, here’s proof.

Using winding sticks constantly, here’s a length check, width check, and work with the jointer:

Here’s how bad a crown was, and using the #197 mortising gauge to mark thickness around edges and ends before flipping the board over to work the other side:

Scrub work, then board shots before final smoothing:

Edge work, marking to width with my favorite rosewood panel gauge:

An ‘after’ next to a ‘before’:

So I have two boards that are ready for final smoothing. Some tear out and scallops, but they’re dimensioned and flat, and are both the same thickness. From these I hope to pull frame and panel material and a sliding door for the double till to the right of the tambour.

For the inside bank of drawers, I was able to find some poplar 1/2”-ish drawer sides that already are dado’d for bottoms of 1/4” masonite (my favorite drawer bottom material).

Used the larger dividers to set the right rip width of the material on the table saw, then used the #6 to joint the edges to final fit (no measuring, just get them to fit right and it’s done).

Next step for these pieces is crosscut to the right length and work them for half-blind dovetails to the drawer fronts. Oh, yeah… Drawer fronts. How about some poplar from the Hoosier Donor Piece? Remember the oak strip ripped for the tambour? Well, here’s a remaining run of that board, getting cleaned up and sitting in place as very rough length pieces to be joined to the sides.

My daughter loves the cabinet so far! :-)

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



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 839 days ago

Wow, with your daughter in the pic I get a sense of scale. That is a big cabinet, Your Galootness.

-- 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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#2 posted 839 days ago

Or your daughter could be really small :^)

-- 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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#3 posted 839 days ago

If you look real close, she’s holding the #5 jack… Cabinet is shy of 4’ tall, but not by much.

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

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#4 posted 839 days ago

Good update smitty. Is the lunchbox dead, or just ill? No zero clearance on the TS? Backgrounds of pics, are interesting. This is a large piece. Some pics it looks “normal” size, then in others it looks all king kong.

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#5 posted 839 days ago

Thanks!

Planer Power switch in-op, whole unit is with a toolmonger for (hopeful) repair. No update yet.

RE the zero clearance, I’ve never had one. Is that bad?

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

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#6 posted 839 days ago

You should try the zci. Heck, for irony you could use hand tools. Cleaner cuts, added safety, maybe a little easier to judge the kerf. No down side I am aware of.

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#7 posted 839 days ago

I’ll check availability for my model saw… It’s a 50s King-Seeley Craftsman. Cleaner cuts is good!

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

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Brit

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#8 posted 838 days ago

Smitty you’re an example to all of us would-be galoots. Fantastic work my friend and just think of the money you’re saving on gym membership. Great progress!

-- 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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#9 posted 838 days ago

what Andy said!!

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

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#10 posted 838 days ago

Andy and Don, thanks for checking in and for commenting~!

Not knowing how to do something is one thing. Knowing and then choosing not to is another thing entirely. Glad I know how to make a board effectively, it’s good practice with handplanes of several types, but I really would have been okay doing these boards via planer. :-) That said, I think there’s more material ‘preserved’ in thickness doing it this way simply because of the effort involved to take more than necessary vs. just dropping the cutting head a half or quarter turn and running them through again. And that’s a good thing.

If the planer comes back sooner rather than later, I’ll still run them through with very light passes, to see where I am. If not, the show simply must go on.

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

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#11 posted 838 days ago

Progress looks great from here, Smitty! Your cabinet is a bit larger than I thought…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 838 days ago

Man, everyone is saying it’s big, and based on that last picture it does look kinda huge-ish. But really it’s not. Need to stage a pic that puts it into better perspective, I think. I’ll work on that.

Thanks, Terry, for the comments! Think I’ll invest some time in drawer building while the cherry boards continue to acclimate AND I wait a little longer for the possibility of a planer…

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

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#13 posted 838 days ago

Hi Smitty,
I don’t know what’s going wrong but
- with Mozilla I have no pictures at all
- with MS-IE I just have small rectangle with a red cross in it.

It is the same with your older post although I was able to see the pictures a few days ago.

So I tried others.
I don’t have the problem with Nate Meadow’s serie “end grain floor” nor with Sheila Landry post for example.
Did you change anything?

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 838 days ago

Sylvain – wow, that’s strange. No change in process re: the way I’m posting to the blog OR in the way the pictures are hosted (photobucket).

For me, Firefox 10.0.1 shows the pics, as does IE7 from this workstation… Sucks you’re not seeing the pics!

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

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#15 posted 838 days ago

For a “quick and dirty” installment, it sure was event filled. The shot of the edge work, with the bench full of shavings and planes is particularly great. Drawer building elaboration would be much appreciated. You are making it look easy Smitty!

Thanks.

-- ~Tony

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