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Blog series by glideking updated 11-24-2017 06:15 AM 6 parts 5304 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Tool Cabinet Concept

10-30-2017 04:50 PM by glideking | 3 comments »

My first attempt at using Sketch up program for designing a piece. I am a bit slow on my first day but I think it will be a handy skill to add to my woodworking. This is still a rough draft. I have to confirm that my tools will fit. The cabinet must fit between two ceiling beams. I may leave the hinged doors as open frames with tools hanging on both sides. The cabinets behind the doors will be mounted to the wall independently and remain open without doors of their own.

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Part 2: Tool cabinet has become tool WALL

11-12-2017 03:22 AM by glideking | 10 comments »

Having the 3D controller in my left had and the trackpad in my right has been a game changer. I can now fly through my plans. Thought I would start cutting lumber today but I keep coming up with ideas on my drawings in Sketchup. As the program gets easier for me I am exploring construction and configuration possibilities. The back panels and flipper doors have become bead board. Added crown molding just to learn the “follow me” tool in Sketchup. I did not want the saw till behind ...

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Part 3: Shavings not more pixels

11-15-2017 10:56 AM by glideking | 3 comments »

Learning to cut dovetails on the computer was fun but not satisfying enough. I could go on generating and refining plans on the computer but the time has come to stop making pixels and start making shavings. I almost forgot how quickly the Stanley #40 can take a cup out of a board. The center cabinet is 18 inches deep. To put two boards together the Norm Abrams in me said to just grab the biscuit joiner and be done with it but the Roy Underhill in me said do it with a hatchet and drawkn...

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Part 4: Dovetails chamfered and extended

11-16-2017 11:57 PM by glideking | 1 comment »

This is a microscopic study in Sketchup of what it might look like if I extend and chamfer the dovetails on the cabinet. I made a lot of mistakes before getting it right. Glad it was only pixels not my lumber. Why are we so proud of the mess we make when the work was done with hand tools but not machines. #6 and #8 Stanleys on the table. I “sprung” the joints with a few shavings from the #6 before using the T&G plane.All the big slabs are glued up for the deepest cabinet. ...

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Part 5: I see dovetails when I close my eyes

11-19-2017 05:27 PM by glideking | 3 comments »

The Stanley #78 is a common plane for a reason. It does the job. I needed space for the back paneling and the hanging wall cleats so I did the 1 1/2” rabbet in two 3/4” passes. Measure twice cut 24 times. Good lighting and masking tape for the hard of sight. An aggressive blade on a small saw makes it more fun. Tried to get fancy at the back to accommodate the rabbet. It took some leverage to get it back apart.

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Part 6: tapered sliding dovetails

11-24-2017 06:15 AM by glideking | 0 comments »

This is my new favorite tool for now. Stanley #39 dado plane. Those cross grain shavings peel out and roll away. It cuts a very smooth dado indeed. None of the tearout I get with a table saw or router. I cut all of the slots for the block plane gallery and the four bottom drawer dividers. The tapered sliding dovetailed shelves really lock everything together. What a joy it is to be doing something in solid wood for a change. I am so tired of plywood and MDF.

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