Shop done. Let's build something #2: Cabinet framed

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-08-2009 01:55 AM 1146 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, My first cabinet. I decided on loose tenon joinery. I discovered a site for a good jig that was easy to make and it seems to work. I’ve got all my oak jointed/cut/and planed. Today I made my mortises with router and jig and glued up the front face of the cabinet. This cabinet will be a corner cabinet 42” tall and about 25 wide on the face. it will have two ogee raised panel doors. Next up will be the back of the cabinet. Not too much of an issue as it won’t show. I’m using 3/4” Poplar plywood. Then to tackle the raised panel door….Gonna have to go slow on that one. Never done it before. I’ve got the router and the bits. And I’ve looked at just about every web video and site I can find. I hope I don’t end up making a lot of oak scraps. Posting like this keeps me honest about it.

Here’s the thing glued up.

This jig makes mortises with the same dimensions and distance from the edge on both the stile and rail.

Mortises made

A tenon ‘biscuit’ fitted into one mortise

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 02:29 AM

Hope you were giving spme of that folk music a workout when you where building it.You could try making pine scraps before you make oak ones! Jig looks nice and simple and ,more importantly accurate. By the way is your bench set up for a lefty?

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 02:44 AM

It was mostly bluegrass and old time fiddle music. Seemed appropriate. I did make a test mortise on a piece of small scrap oak and it went well. The final ones for this frame did too.

I will do the door in pine first. It’ll be a little bit of a drag as I’ve got to joint and plane that wood first as my oak is no longer 3/4” after flattening it.

Yes I am a lefty, take a look at my other projects. I’ve got a downloadable slideshow of the ‘new fangled bench’ build. I made sure it was set lefty for planing. Astute observation.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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