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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 04-26-2014 02:10 PM 4 parts 9783 reads 108 comments total

Part 1: Why? What? Where? How? When?

03-18-2014 11:42 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 22 comments »

Good day, and welcome to the initial installment of my DeWalt RAS cabinet blog. BackgroundWoodworking is a hobby for me, nothing more and nothing less. Within the realm of hobby lies a tremendous range of passion; there’s ‘love it, can’t live without’ all the way to ‘it’s something to tinker with when there’s no sports on TV.’ I’m closer to the former than the latter, but I’m also a very patient fellow when it comes to getting things done the way I want them. Bottom line: It’s the journey....

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Part 2: A Basic Framework

03-25-2014 12:08 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 39 comments »

“Where there is wood, there is a way.” LJ Stef, 13 Nov 2013 Did my buddy Stef actually say that? Maybe, maybe not, but when he was faced with making a solid walnut countertop and sweating details, those words just might have been on his mind. At the start of the project, I’m thinking the same thing. My ‘way’ is pretty straightforward, except where it’s not. As in, let’s discuss the DW102 in context of what I’m actually wanting to build. The DW102 is symmetrical to the left and r...

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Part 3: More Pieces, More Progress

04-01-2014 12:35 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 33 comments »

I’ve managed to squeeze a few minutes’ time into the shop, which was long enough to complete a couple of sub-tasks on the PowerShop Bench (PSB). Which also made me think to do a quick update to this blog series. At this point the PSB consists entirely of five ribs and two struts and is structurally able to stand on its own. No glue or screws yet, just dry-fit; as I’ve mentioned, DW102 didn’t come with build instructions or narrative. When the seven pieces I’ve made thus far are s...

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Part 4: Uncertainty and Missteps

04-26-2014 02:10 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 14 comments »

I’ll come right out with it: my hand-tool-centric ‘trim to fit’ approach is not working on this build. Not at all. That’s bad because there’s been (and there will continue to be) re-work on the cabinet in several areas. It’s also good in a way, because attention to dimension (as read by a stick rule in this case) and square shouldn’t be dismissed in a build as unique as this. Up to this point I’ve held the cabinet together using bar clamps, by the way. I’m not sure when I’m supposed to nai...

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