Very first tablesaw based project

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Project by rwyoung posted 11-23-2008 08:02 AM 1845 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After purchasing a Ridgid TS3660 (very happy with my choice) I read Kelly Mehler’s book as well as Kenneth Burton’s “Cutting-edge Table Saw Tips & Tricks”. I worked my way through both books making the simple jigs and test cuts as I went. Once I felt comfortable with the saw and knew I could do things safely I wanted to try making a simple project to “warm up”. In Mr. Burton’s book he gives a plan for a small wall hung cabinet. I decided to make one similar to it for my girlfriend. Her new apartment has a small bathroom with limited storage.

I think it turned out quite well. Home center “select” pine which she wanted stained dark (mahagony I believe) to match the vanity and trim in the bath. Several coats of a home-brew wiping poly and it looks pretty good. Don’t have pictures showing the finish though.

Had a great time making the raised panel door. I’ve since made a few more and each time I think I get a little bit better at it. But I’ve done the rails and styles on the router table, only coving the panel at the saw on the last one I made.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 11-23-2008 08:14 AM

Nice looking cabinet. Keep up the good work.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 03:12 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. The cabinet looks nice, if you get a chance post a pic of it finished. Look forward to seeing future projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 03:33 PM

Very nice !
It look good. now that you know how the saw works , more should be coming.
I look forward to seeing more.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 03:58 PM

Wow that looks really good for your first try at it.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 11-23-2008 04:04 PM

Nice Cabinet!

Welcome to LJs

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#6 posted 11-23-2008 04:24 PM


Now you’ve got me wanting to try raised panel doors with my new saw.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-23-2008 04:45 PM

Nice, you are going to love your table saw. Got a bench plainer yet? Will eventually want one for good straight edges on wood you find unfinished. Look forward to seeing your future projects.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 11-23-2008 06:42 PM

No bench planer but I have been practicing using a handplane (jack plane so its a bit on the small side) for edge jointing and some light thicknessing. Also using the router and a straight cutting bit and edge guide or in the table for jointing. That works pretty well especially when I remember to alternate face up vs face down on the boards to be glued up in a panel.

I’d rather have a nice large joiner hand plane before I get a power planer. With limited working space, moving around heavy stationary (or even benchtop sized) power tools is a pain in the butt. Plus the shavings are just cool.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#9 posted 11-23-2008 07:49 PM

This looks absolutely GREAT! Table saws are our friends…but keep them adjusted. I make a rule of never showing more than four blade teeth above the workpiece and they tend to disappear at speed! Please don’t forget each tooth at 3000 rpm is coming at your fingers 50 times a second!

Your cabinet looks perfect. Cheers from B.C.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#10 posted 11-23-2008 08:55 PM

That’s interesting grain in pine. Very nice work on the raised panels. A good looking cabinet that’s super practical I think.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#11 posted 11-23-2008 08:55 PM

Whoops – double posted in error!

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#12 posted 11-24-2008 12:28 AM

Welcome to LJs. That is a great looking cabinet. I know you will be doing a lot more with the Ridgid. My tablesaw is the backbone of my efforts. Hope you enjoy LJs and I look forward to seeing your next project.

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#13 posted 11-24-2008 04:02 AM

stanley_clifton -

The grain isn’t really that wild. That was a trick of the camera. It was some nice clear pine though.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#14 posted 01-10-2009 06:41 PM

Nice looking cabinet.

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#15 posted 09-09-2010 01:34 PM

Nice, clean looking cabinet; good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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