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Cabinet Progress #8: The fir was flying.

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 04-29-2007 06:10 AM 1359 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building Boxes
We started to get stressed about completing both cabinets in the next two weeks in time for the first annual wood competition at our school. So we made the decision to complete one cabinet. Today we started to build the drawers. Our drawers will be dovetailed in the front and dadoed in the back. They will receive another nicer drawer front.

Step One. Cutting out the knots.

Step Two. Resawing.
We were able to get two 1/2” thick pieces out of each board.

Step Three: S4Sing.
I am working on a video of our s4s work. But for now, just close your eyes and imagine : the fir was flying.

Step Four: Routing Dovetails
We set up the Leigh D16. This involoved only one setup and a bit of direction reading. I have used it for halfblind dovetails. Great jig.

Routing the Tails

Routing the Pins

Action Shot

Three finished Drawer Fronts and sides

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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WayneC

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#1 posted 04-29-2007 06:14 AM

Cool. I’ve been holding out for a Leigh. Sounds like you would endorse it. Looking forward to seeing the finished cabinet.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-29-2007 06:21 AM

I would endorse it. It has a learning curve, but it works flawlessly. The instructions are the best I have ever found with a tool. I am thinking about knocking out a few more small boxes in the future.

I orignally bought the Porter Cable Jig but found out halfway through a project that it does not accomodate thin stock with halfblind dovetails. So I returned it. I love this product.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#3 posted 04-29-2007 06:32 AM

I’ve come close on a PC jig serveral times and have managed to hold off. Perhaps for fathers day.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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oscorner

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#4 posted 04-29-2007 01:56 PM

What prompted you to use fir for your drawers? I don’t see a groove cut in the sides for the plywood bottom are you planning to use another method to put bottoms on your drawers? That’s a hell of a bandsaw you’re using for that resawing. Is that just an optical illusion or is there some gap on the right side of the top drawer?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 04-29-2007 02:25 PM

It’s just that the side is not square with the front because the back is AWOL.

I, sometimes, on not so impressive drawers, put ply on the bottom.

As the drawers are not complete I assume that he could not wait to show off the nice work that Kristin did with the router. So he will next disassemble the sides, get back in the groove and route a 1/4 inch dado for the bottom.

No wonder he can’t afford furniture and barely afford the house wihen he has a shop like that.

But we all have hard choices to make.

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2007 03:20 PM

I’ve got the Leigh in my sight….and a new jointer….and a…oh well,

pierre

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#7 posted 04-29-2007 03:34 PM

Thanks for clearing that up, Sawdust2. I was just wondering how he was going to tackle the bottoms. She did do a nice job with the router work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-29-2007 03:46 PM

Os and Sawdust.

You are right… The drawers are just loose fit together so we could get the feel. I will take them apart to put a groove for the back and the bottom. Then they will fit together square.

As to the equipment…. I am at my class. That is a Laguna 24” Bandsaw that is dedicated to resaw work. Very nice piece of equipment.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#9 posted 04-29-2007 03:51 PM

As to my comment about affording furniture, it is somewhat hyperbole. “Affording” things is really about choices, I guess.

Though …custom cabinets with inset doors, solid wood drawers with dovetails … all built from salvaged resawn wood, would not have been inexpensive.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#10 posted 04-29-2007 04:25 PM

Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it’s meant with good nature.

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

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#11 posted 04-29-2007 04:30 PM

I do. I have read your other posts. Just thinking aloud and agreeing with you really.

I probably could have bought a whole house full of furniture by the time I built the shop and bought so many tools and lumber.

Though I am ready for someone to just rip on my posts one day. A little spice to the LJ forums.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#12 posted 04-29-2007 04:48 PM

John, you appear to me to be one fine teacher of woodworking. Keep it up!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 04-29-2007 04:52 PM

Thanks PanamaJack,

I am just a student. I have a goal of becoming a middle school or highschool wood teacher, but I am not ready quite yet for the big time.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#14 posted 04-29-2007 04:59 PM

Not ready? My Ag teacher taught me welding and some woodworking, but we never built anything to compare to what you’ve already built. I just think that you don’t want to loose the opertunity to use all that great equipment. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 04-29-2007 06:15 PM

I used to go to the county fair in Del Mar, back when I lived in San Diego. The students made wonderful furniture. Better than my skills.

Also, I want to add a subject authorization for wood to my exsiting teaching credential. But if anyone feels the need to hire me to teach woodshop in the Los Angeles area drop me a line.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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