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Misc. Shop Stuff #35: Cabinet Changes - Making a Board (?)

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 11-21-2013 05:58 AM 1286 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yeah, I titled this “Making a Board (?)” because that’s what it entails. I have a need for a board that is 17” wide and 93” long, oak along the front edge. Ain’t got one of those handy, so I have to make it out of a salvage piece of pine along with some rough cut red oak. How, you may ask? Well, I doubt that you asked, but I’m certain you know the process is forthcoming. If you know anything about my installments here on LJs, you know a process is forthcoming.

But, I digress. And I’ll digress again before making progress on board-making… So here goes.

To effectively joint 8’ boards using a 6’ bench is tough. And jointing said boards when they’re 14” wide is even harder when there’s a crochet preventing the board’s edge from assuming a comfortable working height when held by the leg vise. So for the first time EVER since building my bench more than three years ago, I removed the crochet. And man, I don’t remember using such long, honking’ lags…

With that off and the board in place, I found one edge had a split repaired with a couple long, finish ‘cut’ nails. That came apart and was glued up.

Here’s the wide board next to the oak pieces that will be drawer fronts as well as ‘front edge’ material.

Turned my attention next to the red oak ‘edger’ board by jointing one edge of that one to mate to the pine that was getting repaired. Chalked a straight line (board was bowed worse than it looks to be in the pic), ended up using the #40 scrub to get it roughly shaped before finishing up with the #5 then Heft and Hubris himself.

A final couple passes with the #95 ensured all was square… (beginning to like that tool)

A couple of passes on the pine board (glue set up fine after a couple hours of errands…) got it nice and straight, and the dry-fit matched up both boards with no light between on the first check! Wow…

Clamps applied, and I’ve made a friggin’ board.

Next installment, I’ll use the panel gauge to mark this board for consistent width, joint it again, then rip it into two pieces to run through the lunchbox planer for consistent thickness. Oh, then glue it back together again. Ah, such fun… :-)

As always, thanks for looking!

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



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 08:48 AM

Yuo are a staunch friend of inginuity! In the southern venacular “Ya done Good.” That’s quite an achievment.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 09:52 AM

Well done Smitty, and you got some good exercise at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 12:55 PM

Nice work Smit. I am curious as to the fate of the crochet hook. Time will tell.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-21-2013 01:03 PM

The oak edger concept is already on the cabinet piece, just with oak that’s not as wide as this will be and with poplar vs. pine.

Getting this new piece nice and flat will be critical, as drawers will slide directly on it when it’s matched to the cabinet.

Stay tuned for the Fate of the Crochet…

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

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 01:23 PM

Hush Steph, he said “crochet” not, well we know how your mind works..

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 01:32 PM

I do like me a good game of croquet.

Keep up the good work Smitty.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 04:37 PM

Thanks for sharing the great knowledge as usual, Smitty!

All your projects would progress faster if you didn’t spend so much time with the mood lighting, and excellent photography! But, you are teaching blokes like me with every post. I say it a lot, but I wish you had a TV series! :)

Now, I see why I would really want an edge trimming plane…

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

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 05:51 PM

Just realized with 375+ readings of this blog post, no one has commented on the pine board having wallpaper and bird droppings all over. I guess most don’t get past the intro sentences before moving on to more interesting reading. heh

Ripping red oak with the #40 was indeed exercise, Mike! Made realize I’m no longer in “plane condition,” it’s been too long!

Terry, thanks. But you gotta know mine is a hacker’s tale, just putting out there how I do things based on gosh-knows-what-kinda influences I’ve picked up along the way. I certainly appreciate the positive comments, very kind. Oh, and I don’t adjust lighting; working slowly comes natural to me. :-)

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

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 06:16 PM

I noticed it was a mess but you said it was salvaged and that can mean anything. My first thought was that it originated from your master bath but I didn’t want to question your domestic hygiene in “public.”

-- 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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#10 posted 11-21-2013 08:06 PM

Just a newbie observation. I use a joiner fence on my #’s 7&8, is the #95 better? Since it’s short I don’t see how it could ensure a flat and square edge. Just. My 2 krona.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 08:58 PM

Kevin, fair enough. Here’s where I am on that.

The jointer (#8) gives me a true edge on the flat, negating the impact of short re: the #95. Over the years, however, I seem to consistenty apply somewhat of a bevel on my edges, with my side being lower on the square (applied per the picture above) that the away side. I always have to adjust the jointer and make a couple / three more passes to address the error, but even then I sometimes end up with a humpline vs. an edge that is square to the board’s face.

This is the third time I’ve reached for the #95 to apply square, and in two passes it’s done.

I have a jointer plane fence (#286?) but find it’s cumbersome to put in place and adjust, also it hangs too far down on the face of the piece; usually hits the vise chop.

So the fence remains in the cabinet and the #95 is getting some use.

Excellent krona.

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

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 09:08 PM

Ive got the same issue with putting a slight bevel on an edge when im attempting to joint by hand. Glad to see that im not the only one. Ya made me feel better about myself today Smitty. Thanks buddy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 09:14 PM

Anything I can do to help, stef. I’m here for ya, you know that.

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

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 09:14 PM

Smitty and Sir Steff, I didn’t say I was good at what I do, just that’s how I do it. Still takes a couple of passes. ’:0)

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#15 posted 11-21-2013 09:17 PM

I use a jig to get a consistent bevel when sharpening, but insist on going free-hand to apply a square edge to my work piece. Go figure.

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

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