Shop Organization #4: Flip Top Planer Cart Part 2.. Doh!

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 01-20-2008 06:10 PM 4625 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started today by gluing up the top.

Doh! #1
I decided to use Dominos for the project and did not pick the right size so I cut all the way through the case.

Fix. I decided to use through Dominos for the project.

Actually the shelves are held in by through Dominos and a false dado I created by layering plywood on the outer pieces. Glue and staples hold the second layer on.

Left to right = bottom to top of side

Case Assembly
Assembly is a snap with the Dominos. They hold the pieces still (unlike biscuits).

I set the shelves in the dadoes and then hammered the tenon from the outside.

Close up of through tenon.

Glue up.

I trimmed out the shelves and plywood edges with redwood scraps.

I just glue and brad these into place.

Later on I added casters and took the cart for a spin. It’s huge!

Doh! #2
I un-clamped the top and took it over to the cart to feel the love.

I had run the groove on the wrong axis! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
I don’t know how that happened?

So I have to decide if I am going to make a new top or just drill holes in this one.

The new top is fool proof but wasteful unless I use this top for something else. Drilling could be tricky.

I might try drilling to see if it works, then I can make a new one if all else fails.

I will report back to you.

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

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#1 posted 01-20-2008 06:52 PM

I’d compound the problem! Drill the top and remove all doubt! You’ll either pull it off and make a handy shop fixture, or you’ll wreck it so it’s unusable on this project. Either way, the decision will be final.

I’ve done that “Through Domino” joinery a time or two as well. It’s a design feature! There’s a worse domino mistake though….joining panels. Cut your mortises, slop glue on everything, put your domino in one piece, mate the other piece and realize you didn’t cut the mortise deep enough because you failed to set the depth adjustment so idiot-proofly located right by your thumb. At that point you are really in a bind unless you want to cut your mortise deeper through all the glue…NOT!

This is coming along well. I can’t wait to see it.


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#2 posted 01-20-2008 06:59 PM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 07:06 PM

I am going to do it Tom. Think positive alignment thoughts.

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

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Peter Oxley

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 07:08 PM

You’re making good progress. They aren’t mistakes, they are opportunities for creative design. Looking forward to seeing the final product.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 01-21-2008 12:03 AM

I like through dominos!!!! Sic ‘em, tiger.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-21-2008 12:34 AM

I have drilled! More later. Thanks for the encouragement.

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

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#7 posted 01-21-2008 01:40 AM

It seems like you are making progress, just a few minor re-routings along the way.

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