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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #18: This Installment is Not About the Tambour...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 556 days ago 1740 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Tambour Door Install w/ Video Part 18 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 19: Getting the Face on the Base »

Wasn’t long ago that progress got me a tambour and static display of what would someday be…

See the lower right corner of the picture above? Well, that’s what needs to be done next, I think. It’s been started… Take close look and you’ll see two pieces joined together. Improperly. The stile needs to be full length, not dead-ended into the rail. And then there are the horizontal (H) pieces, circled and marked as 1 and 2 in the close-up below.

What’s the big deal about those H pieces? Well, it has to do with the inspiration piece. I have to do the H pieces because it’s the way the inspiration is; problem is, they’re going to be a challenge to ‘affix’ to the carcase. But that’s later. For this episode they’re important because I can’t mount them permanent-like until I get something done to them that’s… kinda… cool. If I can get it to work.

And that’s what this installment is all about.

The lower right corner space of this cabinet is earmarked for my cambered jack and the #62 low angle jack. I want that space to be coverable with a door; once that door is built, the H pieces can be put in place, then the upper door space will be defined, and this project will be oh-so-close to completion.

I started with some measurements, then laid out the pieces that would be the door.

I used the double-wheeled marking gauge to set the location for cuts, and got busy.

And through the magic of the interweb (and with the help of a shoulder plane and a Steel City morticer), a frame was completed in short order.

Extra ‘length’ of the frame is for a reason, but first I needed a panel. Because the tambour is white oak, I decided to make the panel the same. Most suitable piece I had was actually from a pallet collected this spring that carried 30lb felt rolls for my roof. It needed prep work, and beveling to fit the grooves cut in the frame by the #48, but material prep isn’t a problem.

Time to glue it up.

With the panel clamped and set, work on the the ‘feature’ I have in mind could proceed. It’ll move along with fewer pictures and step-by-step, but “Oh, well.” The key piece of equipment for this stage of the build was the Craftsman shaper. Some fettling with the jointer cutter set me up with ‘tongue’ extensions at the top and bottom of the panel.

With the tabs cut, it was time to cut tracks in H1 and H2, so the panel door could slide back and forth, in front of the tambour. Yep, that’s the ‘feature’ I’ve envisioned for a very long time… Some marking first, because these tracks will be stopped dados, essentially.

Some chiseling at the ends was needed, but with the right chisel and mallet, no problem.

So there’s a panel, and a groove. By clamping the H1 and H2 boards, I could test the concept!

It slides open just right!

Sweeeeet!

So that’s all for now. Thanks for looking at this long installment! Next is upper doors, I hope. Until then…

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



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Mosquito

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#1 posted 556 days ago

Nice panel door there. Did you do it all plane?

I also really like that idea of the sliding door. I don’t like “door pulls” so anything that can eliminate those are cool with me, and that is just sweet

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 556 days ago

Hey Mos, thanks! What’s your question (don’t understand…)

The sliding door has been a ‘plan’ for a long time. Glad it’s in place. I will add a clean out hole at either end of the lower track before all is said and done, for dust and other debris to have a place to go over time. Oh, and wax the track and tongues before final assy.

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

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 556 days ago

I think what Mos meant was, was the panel shaped entirely with hand planes.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Mosquito

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#4 posted 556 days ago

Yup, Brian hit it on the head. I was curious if use you handplane(s) to make the whole panel.

Looks like it was well thought out, and you’ve got a solid plan in place

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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terryR

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#5 posted 556 days ago

Nice wotk, Smitty! Thanks again and again for all the photos…you are teaching more LJ’s than just ME, I bet!

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 556 days ago

Yep, it was. But for the ‘tongues’ on the shaper…

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Terry and Mos. I’m sure this ‘look’ is not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but that’s okay. Really fun stuff is like the panel, as Mos wondered. Yesterday am, four boards. A T&G plane, a jack plane, and a backsaw later and I have a panel door. Love that…

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

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#8 posted 556 days ago

Yeah…now we are cooking. The sliding door over the tambour is a great feature. Are the top two doors going to be traditional hinge type swing doors? Have you got all your interior cubbies/storage areas planned/spaced out?

“this look may not be everyone’s cup o’ tea”...maybe Smitty, but what makes it great is that there are so many looks and styles. Would be boring w/o diversity. I like “your style” because it IS different than mine. You give me a new look or path to consider.

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 556 days ago

Great blog Smitty, your packing all kinds of uniqueness into this cabinet. Tambour Doors, Sliding Frame and Panel doors…. Its going to be one of a kind.

How is the mallet holding up against the hornbeam chisel handles? I know it’s a losing battle but it doesn’t seem to be getting too beat up.

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

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bhog

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#10 posted 556 days ago

This thing is going to be sweet!!

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 556 days ago

You use a mortiser, huh? I’ll be damned.

Your blogs are such a joy to read. Stunning pictures to complement the brilliant work.

It looks great. Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 556 days ago

“Have you got all your interior cubbies/storage areas planned/spaced out?”

Ha ha ha ha….

I have spent zero time on layout… Heck, I don’t have a space of wall cleared at this point. One thing at a time, and that thing right now is getting this base with both H pieces set and final, so doors can be made to the right size.

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

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Don W

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#13 posted 556 days ago

If it was me, I’d hang it and move it 3 times anyhow.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 555 days ago

Some progress yesterday on H#1 placement, and M&T joints of left-most vertical stile. Rabetting the bottom tambour at the left end for sliding under said stile. Installment to come when base of cabinet (tambour, panel and H rails) is final. And that includes finish on tambour, as that should be done before it gets forever encased in the base.

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

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Dave

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#15 posted 555 days ago

Smitty I am fascinated with with all construction of raised panel doors. I love your step by step.
This is going to be a very nice piece when your done.

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

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