Custom Dishwasher Panel Progress #4: V's and Splines and a little advice needed

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 09-22-2007 03:14 AM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a break from work yesterday before Back to School Night so I headed out again to finish the beadboard field.

Setting the v-bit

I used a set-up block saved from a prior project to get the v-bit set. The edge groove is simple enough. Just set the bit height to 1/8 and then bury it halfway behind the fence. I climb cut first to get a smooth cut on the fir. The bit is barely exposed so it is a pretty safe operation though I use paddles too.

Beadboard detail

Running the center groove is a bit more complicated. To get the bit in the center I draw a line on one board and use that to set the fence.

The challenge with running a v-down the middle of a board is to not have it kick away from the fence. Otherwise you will draw a squiggly v-groove. (Ask me how I know). So I set up a secondary fence to trap the workpiece and prevent it from kicking back. I learned this technique from the CMT window sash directions.

Running the center “v” with two fences.

Another view


I resawed some fir down to a bit over 1/4” then tested/planed/tested/planed…until I got a nice fit.

Spline test

I ripped the splines down to a hair under 1”

The splines installed. I cut them under the length of the b-board so I wouldn’t have to monkey with them during assembly.

The beadboard panel dry fit.

Weigh in
To attach the top and bottom rails on my doors I used a very time consuming method of stop-slotting the rails
and running tongues on the beadboard.

the old method_

This time I was going to use my domino to attach the rails. Sticking a domino in each beadboard end. Gluing the 2 on the end of each rail, and letting the middles ones float.

I also though about just pocket screwing it from the back since the back is completely hidden.

Any other ideas. Or am I on the wrong track altogether?



-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 09-22-2007 04:12 AM

Why not just make the end of the panel one long tenon and then make one long mortise with the router table stopping it a half inch from the end of the cross board(bread board?). You could make the mortise 1/4 inch longer than the tenon for expansion and glue it in the center and put in screws from the back to hold it on. If I remember correctly this is a panel to go on the front of the dishwasher and no one can see the back.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-22-2007 04:33 AM

That is how I did it before. I did not plan for the etra 1” of material to accomadate that tenon. I wanted to try something new.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 09-22-2007 01:04 PM

Well, in that case maybe the Domino is the answer. But I think you would want to attach it solid in the middle and let it expand outward. Or if you could arrange some slack in the middle, say an 1/8, you could attach it solid on the ends. Or just glue it soild and see what happens. Our new dishwasher seems to put out a lot of heat and moisture under the counter. A dishwasher was part of the new kitchen I am building for Carleen. I’ve never had a dishwasher so don’t know much about them. Just how to put them in. We also put in a garbage deposal. I asked Carleen what she and ol’ Moondog were going to do now that their primary jobs had been automated? I guess it gives her more time to supervise my activities.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-22-2007 02:19 PM

A new way to play Dominos.

If you’ve got an awesome little thing you ought to play with it.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 09-22-2007 03:42 PM

Thos.: Thanks for all the thought. I did leave a bit of room on the the splines, which I have not decided: should I glue those in on one side? I do want to direct the movement towards the center since I am trying to get a tight fit. Hallaleuia Automation. We have not had either for years.

Lee: True. I mainly got it for an upcoming window project, but used it for some screens already and it is fast (the domino).

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 09-23-2007 01:09 PM

One of the things I admire is someone who can update an older house without losing the look of the older house, you’ve certainly got that one nailed.

I’ve got a question about the dishwasher. Where does it vent to? It’s tough to tell from the pictures. Pretty much every dishwsher I’ve seen vents the steam from the hot water out the front of the unit which probably wouldn’t be good for the panel. But you’ve obviously got a pretty fancy dishwasher there, I can’t even find the cotrols never mind the vent.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#7 posted 11-04-2007 05:04 AM

Shaun. Thanks. Missed this comment.

It vents internally. And the controls are along the top of the door.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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