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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #15: Material Prep for Panel Doors - With #48 Video

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 06-23-2012 04:05 AM 4532 reads 0 times favorited 66 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Milling Cherry for the Cabinet Face Part 15 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 16: The Gang of Three (Drawers) »

When we left off yesterday, I had a pile of cherry needing attention. So tonight The plan was to joint whatever I had to in support of the next step in this cabinet build: assembly and glue-up of the upper panel doors.

The panel boards ended up just a hair less than 1/2” according to the measure on the planer, and I arranged them into a pattern that’d look good across both doors (three pieces per door). But some work is needed before I can do the glue up.

I brought the panel boards over to the bench two at a time to match them up. But first, a little soap box dialog if you’ll permit…

I see alot of benches discussions here on LJs and elsewhere, with a bit of oversight re: workholding for the edges of boards. Specifically represented by building a bench without a deadman. Yes, there are other ways, with T-tracks or clamps, for example, but the deadman is cheap (free) and oh-so-effective. And it can accomodate the incredibly versitile (although pricey) Veritas hold down (end of soap box). Here’s how I use the combo to hold these panel pieces for jointing:

Anyway, the pairs each started pretty rough

But after a work over w/ the #8 each finished straight and square.

I worked up the faces of these panel boards w/ the #4 1/2 (sorry, Dave) real quick

Then staged each panel for glue-up

A simple way to keep the glue-up flat across (no bowing!) is with grandpa’s sandbags. These are each from his shop in the 40’s and carry his Cabinetshop rubber stamp.

First time I’ve used them this way, and had known the real purpose for years. Feels good…

Anyway, here’s the first boardset out of clamps and ready for cleanup tomorrow.

While all was clamped, though, there was time for some fun #48 t&g plane work. This plane doesn’t blink an eye against cherry (huzzah!!!)

This done to boards that were jointed, of course. Not repeated here ‘cause you’ve seen it done.

So, the panels are glued up and the rails are grooved. And the inside mates of the doors were jointed and look good.

As a forward peek, here’s the bead and rabbet treatment those boards require per the inspiration piece:

That’s all for now, but I’ll leave you with a Video of the #48 and pic of the second panel in clamps. See ya, 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 06-23-2012 04:46 AM

Wont be too much longer now. Look forward to additional updates. Nice use of the sandbags. Taking the galoot index to the next level on that one.

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 11:06 AM

Smitty, I really like your blogs. I agree with the deadman statement. I’ve built a quick one after building my bench and building a better one is on my todo list. I also need one on both sides of my bench now that I have built the leg vise.

The sand bags are a great idea. I’ve got a few pieces of rail road tie I use the same way. I never thought of sand bags. So now its a hunt for some flour sacks!

I like the logo on the tote of that jointer.

A+

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

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mafe

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 11:12 AM

Wonderful to see life come out of those boards, almost as Zeus when… aghhhh don’t anthropomorphize boards MaFe… Smiles. Love your anthropomorphize text and as aways a pleasure to see life in your shop.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 11:47 AM

A few questions sir:

I spent some time making clamping cauls for use with the pipe clamps because they crush the wood fibers. This is not a problem for you?

Did you T&G the first panel?

Do you worry about the wooden supports for the sand bags getting glued to the work piece?

Do you think we should start a Sand Bags of Your Dreams thread?

-- 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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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 11:51 AM

Great ‘blog’ Smitty.

Great Project, and the Repurpose of some fine lumber.

‘Old School’ methods, alive and well in your Cabinet Shop, Kudos. – 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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terryR

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#6 posted 06-23-2012 12:00 PM

looking great…thanks for sharing all the photos!

OMG, the price for flour sacks on eBay just jumped!!! :-)

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

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Don W

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#7 posted 06-23-2012 12:04 PM

Actually Terry, I’ve made quit a few sand bags. I use them for shooting. Take an old pair of jeans, cut the legs, sew one end, cut to the lenght you want, fill it with sand, sew the other end. For double protection, put the sand in a sealed plastic bag first. (My sewing tends to leak after a few years of hard use).

Edit:
should have mentioned Scott, you can quote me in your Sand Bags of Your Dreams thread. :-)

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 12:14 PM

Shane – I used one of them as weight on a cymbal stand for 20+ years, just asked my dad if I could have the second one about a month ago as he wasn’t using it. Hoping I find lots more uses, but for clamping assist they seem very versatile. We’ll see!

Don, I knew you were already on board w/ the deadman. Now go for the Veritas, man! A late Father’s Day gift to self, perhaps. :-) Just kidding re: have to have one, but it is cool theynwork in 1” material…

Mads, it’s always a treat having you stop by, my friend! The boards may have life, just don’t tell the planes. ;-)

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 12:21 PM

Scott – biggest component of the answers lies in the fact that these panels are way over size and will be cut to fit the frames I complete soon. How big will they end up? Not sure, but less than what they are. So any crushing will be trimmed, and likely would disappear in the frame if it weren’t. In this case, no big deal, and cherry is pretty tough stuff, too.

The t&g work was against frame pieces. Panel pieces just jointed.

Nope. The support boards came out with a twist, and dried glue is easily scraped off.

Hmmm…..

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

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sb194

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 12:25 PM

Nice. I like the sand bags. Must feel good to use something that has been in the family for years. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 12:25 PM

Thank you, Len, for stopping by! Nice to be back at these tasks!

TR – all’s I can say is, ‘Stay Tuned, there’s more to come.’ (Glad you’re enjoying!) :-)

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

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Don W

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 12:27 PM

Smitty, I’m still bidding on the stanleys. Still getting beat, but someday….....

Scott, I’m with Smitty on the cauls. If you need to clamp so tight you have more than a few strokes with a block, you need to spend some more time on the joints before gluing. I never caul unless its an already finished piece, which doesn’t happen very often. Maybe one the face of some softer wood if its applicable, but then its just a piece of scrap stuck in between the clamp and the piece.

T&G work looks fun smitty. I can hear the plane through your pictures my man.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 06-23-2012 12:35 PM

Sb, thanks. It does feel good to have them back at their inteded purpose!

Don, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you, too.

Irons in the #48 need a fresh edge before using them again, that may happen this AM.

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

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Dave

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 02:34 PM

4 1/2 and the 48, you are a teaser. I bet you will wold a hot dog over your dogs head while he dances for 5 minutes.
jk ;)
Smitty the work is coming along fine and the tools are as always a joy to see in action. I love you blogs you give us enough to understand all the process’s of the project.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 06-23-2012 03:09 PM

Thanks, Super! Love your website, BTW. Looked at it this AM, will revisit and register soon. First I think I’ll do a video of the #48 in action. :-)

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

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