Now that the fixed shelves have been roughly milled, I wanted to start on the sides. For five cabinets, I need 10 sides. The dimensions for the sides are 7 5/8×28 1/2. Since I am trying to use up the stock I have on hand I was able to grab eight pieces that fit these specifications and two that were only 7 1/2 wide. I figure that I will make a custom cabinet for this fifth one that will end up 1/8 shorter than the others.
My jointer is only 8” wide so I had to rip the boards that were wider than that down to 7 15/16. I thought I took a picture of this but apparently I did not.
Here is a picture of the rough wood I was able to scrounge after they had been ripped:
These boards and twisted, cupped, etc so I have to joint one edge flat. Rather then spend extra time flattening these boards due to extra length, I cross cut them to one inch over their final length. To do this operation I use my chop saw. Here is a picture of a board right before I trim it down:
As you can see with the pictures below, this is not exactly the straightest boards ever made. Luckily the thickness of these sides is only 1/2 inch so I have plenty of extra room to get them flat.
Once I flatten a side, I set the board aside and place a “J” on the flattened side. I will later place this edge against the fence to flatten one edge. Here is the “J” in chalk:
Once all of the sides have one flat side I then adjusted the fence on the jointer and began jointing the edges:
This next picture shows how I cat the dadoes in the sides for the fixed shelves milled earlier:
I’m not sure if it was the added step of taking pictures or what happened, but I set the table saw up, took this picture and then realized that I had not cut the sides to the final length. I must do that before cutting the dadoes or I will end up with my dadoes in the wrong place. That is where I will pick up the story in the next installment.
-- "Measure Twice, Cut Once" --- If only I could remember this!