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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #26: A Sub (Panel) Plot Thickens...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 08-28-2016 11:33 PM 3444 reads 1 time favorited 90 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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‘Okay,’ you might ask, ‘Where has this guy been since posting this last February?’:

—Nothing permanently assembled yet. Now to work on tool layouts, so there‚Äôs more to come!

The key to that post was it’s ending: Nothing assembled… and that’s where we’ll focus now. The ‘tool panels’ created in the last pair of installments are on the doors known as CherryR and CherryL. And now I’m calling them sub panels because they’re more than frames at this point. The frames are assembled with through dovetails at the bottom corners and sliding dovetailed at the top. Some pics to refresh our collective memory:

And that last picture above, you might recall, was dark and ratty on purpose… I wasn’t happy with the sliding dovetail on one of the pair of sub panels and knew a day of reckoning would come. Well, that’s what we’ll deal with first. The dovetail (DT) groove was too wide at the neck of the joint for the tongue board. Strange terminology? Here’s the key, followed by the offensive joint.

I started the day with this plan: Cut a pair of shims about 4” long to lay inside the angled edge of the groove, filling the void before glue-up. Why that approach? Because the stiles of each frame have way too much labor invested just to redo for a tighter DT joint. Cutting and smoothing these pieces was going to be chore too, but it was the plan.

Then, I had one of those (increasingly rare!) “Why didn’t I think of this sooner?” moments: Simply make a new rail (horizontal) piece out of thicker stock, re-cut tongues on each end, and fill the oversize grooves that way? It’s The Revelation! So, cut and plane and smooth a new board, then work the tongues w/ the #444. (And a Shout Out to DanK for the idea to add material to the bevel fence to facilitate ‘smaller depth’ tongue cutting!)

The result was a dramatically improved joint:

Glue-up of the through dovetails went smoothly with Titebond 2 and flux brush and square:

After a day for the glue to cure, it was time to smooth the through-dovetails w/ the Stanley #9 (I really love that plane as a smoother!)

To mount the sub panels to the doors, at least initially, I decided to remove the doors from the Not Wall Hung and bring them to the bench for panel fitting.

Holes were drilled at the corners, through poplar T&G backboards that you’ll recall are fully housed via stopped dadoes. The holes were the reamed for screw heads.

I attached the sub panels to the doors (no pictures of that), then re-hung the doors, Noticed the MF #61A drill-driver in the open tool chest and tried it on the hing screws… I’ve had the tool for many years, even bought the hex adapter for it from Lee Valley, but never used it until now. The screws were sent home so fast, it was incredible! Going to reach for this more often now, I think.

And so, bottom line, the sub panels are now installed on the doors of the Not Wall Hung! Without further adieu, then:

The floor is clear of the sub panels for the first time since February, a very good thing! And now (I promise!) tool holders can be invented to pull a goodly number of hand tools into more accessible locations within the Not Wall Hung. That’s already underway, so hopefully it won’t be long until there’s another installment OR an actual project post for this cabinet. Until then, thanks for looking and ‘bye for now!

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



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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 12:17 AM

I love ya brother, but this build is taking waaay too long.
Let me know when it’s done.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 12:35 AM

Hey, your back! Good! ‘Bout time!

Work looks good Smitty and I’m glad your getting back to shop projects. Maybe you add glass doors. Just sayin’

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 12:41 AM

Your remarkable effort, in putting together your not-so-humble Not Wall Hung tool cabinet, is a breath of fresh air with each updating post.
Your re-purposed Hoosier Cabinet is turning into a fabulous tool locker.
It’s been a long hot summer with most of my endeavors out in the sun. I’m almost looking forward to having to turn on a little heat in the shop come November. :-)

Best Regards. – Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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iceman50

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 01:02 AM

Another effort to be proud of.

-- Stay cool.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 08-29-2016 01:13 AM

Eric, I’m feeling the pain too.

Good to make some shavings again, Kevin. Glass, hmmm…

It has been a very hot summer Len! I appreciate the encouragement. Doing some outfitting of CherryR tonight, actually, so the next installment won’t be long in coming.

Thanks, Ice! :-)

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

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 01:51 AM

That’s wonderful.
But…
Dja think, mebees, if you cut a dado that would fit the tongue into a piece of scrap, glue the tongue into it, thereby “undoing the tongue,” you could’ve re-cut the tongue to fit the dado?
Next time?

-- Mark

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 08-29-2016 02:07 AM

And that idea surfaced as well, Mark! The ‘new’ cross piece is 1/8” thicker than it’s mate in CherryL; less noticeable than any approach I cyphered. And easier too, as it turns out.

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

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#8 posted 08-29-2016 02:23 AM

Thanks for the update Smitty! I love the looks of this. I’ll have to go back and review, especially since I’m going to have to build some more cabinets this fall or winter.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 08-29-2016 02:36 AM

Get it smitty!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 08-29-2016 02:31 PM

Another great installment; fun that DanK contributed to it too. Nice to see/know that the #9 is more than just good looks and that it can be appreciated for its capabilities as well.

Interesting bit about you discovering the merits of the drill/driver. I had hoped to use mine as a quick pilot hole creator (much to my disappointment) and also found it removes too much control/feel as a driver for my liking. But your embrace of it makes me second guess my dismissal of its usefulness.

Always a pleasure seeing your work and process. Thank you for taking the time to share it Smitty!

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 02:59 PM

Hi Tony!

Interesting tool, the #9. I don’t remember who was using it in a furniture video I saw a couple years back now, but it was a smoother for them of furniture pieces they were working. The left hand goes over and across the top of the tool, with the rear knob completely encased in the right hand. Similar (I guess) to the way one might use a wooden jack OR a coffin smoother. After a few tries using it this way (it’s gotta be wicked sharp), it’s something that’s stuck with me.

RE: the MF driver… I was pushing screws into screw holes that were already there, so this run I’d compare to using training wheels on a bicycle. But I’m a less-than-nube with it so far. And with expectations low, we’ll see what it can and can’t do over the next year or so. What kind you got? Did you get a hex adapter and use those hex-based bits for pilot holes, or ?

Duck, your shop cabinets will be done before this one! And thanks, Fridge!

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

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AnthonyReed

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 03:53 PM

Heya Smitty!

Mine is also a Miller Falls but I can’t tell you the # off the top of my head. It has a shorter throw(?) than yours and that may be part of the problem. I did not purchase the adapter but Lee Valley offers a variety of bits/drill here that are compatible with the Yankee drivers of which I bought a variety. The drill bit (no longer offered it seems) is similar to a spoon bit and may not be ideal for pilot hole creation.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 08-29-2016 03:59 PM

I have an old Craftsman push drill that needs those fluted bits that aren’t available anymore other than flea-bay; without those, the bit stays in the wood being drilled.

That’s the extent of my experience with push drills and pilot holes, aside from a crappy (quite honestly) driver that was my grandad’s that sits in the toolbox. Shorter, like the one you might be describing. It’s a Yankee derivative that actually does work as advertised but doesn’t have the smooth action this MF does.

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

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terryR

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#14 posted 08-29-2016 04:21 PM

Very complex, but nice looking build! Sure looks close to completion now.

From tambour doors to sliding DT’s, I have trouble remembering how you solve the little problems, but always enjoy the lessons and photos!

I think it was Doucette and Wolfe that uses the No.9 all the time for joinery-smoothing?

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 08-29-2016 04:35 PM

^ Yes, that’s the video!

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

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