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Hanging Tool Cabinet – The Back

June 5, 2016 1 comment

Beginning on the back of the tool cabinet this morning, I had several clear goals. The first was to ensure that my tennon accuracy immproved and I tried out many of the ideas that you gave me for improving my router us on the tenons. The second was to improve the quality of the groves that were made in some difficult grain cherry that I have been using.

Accuracy first comes from preparation of stock and I spent quite a bit of time ensure that everything was square and of consisten size. This included sqaring all of the ends on the shooting board and a lot of careful checks. There is no sense trying to be accuracte if your board tapers fropm one end to the other.

Next came measuring and marking. the back consists of four boards tenoned together and a groove inside to accept the back. I took great care to measure from the same faces and edges to eliminate probelms cause by minor discrepencies.

Once completed the grooves neede to be ploughed into the boards. I had looked up in Essentials of hand tool Woodworking some details about using plough planes and Paul Selelrs suggested that in difficult grane to use a mortise gauge to pre cut the groove. I’ve struggled with a few pieces of this cherry and was glad for the advice. However I had to risk it all when I didn’t have a 3/16 blade for my plane and ended up have to use a 1/8 carefully from each side to make the correct width. It all worked.

Seems that I didn’t get much done but I learned alot and hopefully over the week will get a chance to shop the mortises for the Tenons.

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Hanging Tool Cabinet – Shelf Panel

May 25, 2016 Leave a comment

With all of the shelf parts prepared, some twice, mortise and tenons completed and fitting nicely thanks to more care and a router plane. My attention turns towards the panel I glued up last week. After trimming it to size I need to cut rebates on all of the edges. If you saw my post on the Stanley 78 Rebate plane last week you may now realize that this is what I used to cut the rebates around the edge of the shelf.

Once the rebate is complete it is glued into the frame. Which now thanks to reworking a few parts looks pretty good.

Planing the shelf and fitting the ends into the cabinet side took a little time but it is the last piece before glueing it together.

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Frame Rework

May 15, 2016 6 comments

The fit of the frame sides is not good and the color worse.spending time analyzing my mistakes it is clear that I ahve not cut the Tenons straight again. The mortises are fine but there needs to be more foocus when I remove the wood for the tenons. Try again.

Taking more care I measured and chiseled out knife wall for the saw cuts. The lumber already looks a better match. The preparation gives me time to consider how to make the Tenons. More care with the router plane and perhaps a longer bed on theplane would help. Roughing the tenon out with a saw, I then take the router plane to size and hopefully maintain a square tenon.

While I’m sharpening my router I also notice the angled blade which I have never used. Giving it a whirl I find it cuts well and I like the fact that I am putting less pressure into the cut. Perhaps this has been causing me to lean the router slightly and ending with an angled tenon.




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Hanging Tool Cabinet Shelf 3

May 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Paul Sellers gives you quite the work out in his projects. There are several extra steps built into this cabinet that prepare you for making the cabinet doors. One of these is a shelf that is more complex than necessary. Where a single board or glued panel  would work well, the project calls for a frame and panel; the same joints that would be required on the door. Not one to shy away from excess joinery I milled the pieces to size and set out to make a frame and panel shelf.


A couple of rough measurements and I glue together a panel for the shelf. Using the parts from my prior mistake I was able to come up with grain that matches well, hopefully the final door panels will come out as well.


Taking the shelf part previsoulsy made that was prepared to recieve the divider I set up my plow plane to groove the edges to accept the panel. It is allways a surprise how quickly this process goes and withing minutes it is completed. The groove then becomes the guide for the mortises that hold the shelf frame together. In the last couple of projects I have been successful with the mortises but struggled to keep the tenons stright. More in the next post.



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Hanging Tool Cabinet – Shelf divider

April 9, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ve never counted the number of times I assemble and disassemble a project as I build. It’s part of the process and and essential for measuring and fitting each piece.The cherry in this project is fighting me. The change in humidity and temperature is causing the parts to swell and I have had to adjust the dovetails. Unfortunately there are a couple of cracks which hopefully will disappear with some adjustment.

With the through tenons done and the case reassembled I can measure carefully for the center divider. This is another through tenon so I took care in all of the measurements. The photographs below show the shape of the divider and the final product.

Slowly the cabinet is beginning to take shape.

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Hanging Tool Cabinet – Shelf 2 oops

April 3, 2016 3 comments

The shelf not only fits into the dado but also consists of a pair of through mortises. Through mortises are a great challenge and enhance the appearance of a piece along with making a great joint. After milling the shelf pieces I carefully measured and cut out the two pins.

Upon completion of both ends it was immediately apparent that my great looking pins were not correct so I milled another piece and started again.


I missed the subtle step so decided that more practice was in order. The photo above shows both pieces, the bottom one being correct.

Next is the creation of the mortises for the tenons. Making a through mortise is all about careful measurement followed by patient chiseling.



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Hanging Tool Cabinet – Shelf

April 2, 2016 Leave a comment

The bottom of the cabinet consists of two drawers topped with a shelf. The shelf is carefully fitted using dados and through mortises.

The dados come first, one on each side. Laying them out carefully, I placed both pieces together marked with a knife and then began work with a chisel followed by the router plane. The router plane is the most used plane I own beside my number 4. If you are new to hand tool woodworking it is a must have tool. I use a Veritas model, but there are many others out there.

In a short period of time the dados were complete.


Dovetails and more..

February 14, 2016 3 comments

The heaters were turned on early in anticipation of completing the dovetails for the hanging tool cabinet. Outside the snow fell in large flakes, blanketing the ground and creating that muffled silence that only comes with snow. Within an hour I completed the first set of dovetails.


Laying out the last set, I looked up to see my 17 year old son watching, in his hand a piece of paper and a smile. Taking off my headphones I watched him wander over to the scrap bin and begin choosing pieces for a project. The scrap bin is open season for any projects that may come up.

Setting aside the dovetails, I collected the tools he asked for, helped him with the stuck clamp and enjoyed the afternoon.  He now has a stand for his computer monitor designed and built by himself and my dovetails can wait happily for another day.


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Tool Cabinet Dovetails

February 6, 2016 2 comments

Haven’t chopped dovetails for a while, certainly is nice to empty my mind grab a chisel in one hand and a hammer in the other and work away.


A couple of thoughts recent dovetails have been in Sapele and Oak, Cherry takes a slightly different touch. It’s a fun challenge and as I move from joint to joint the accuracy improves.


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Hanging Tool Cabinet

January 9, 2016 4 comments

With space in the shop for the new tool cabinet, I can get on with the build. This is a Paul Sellers’ project from Woodworking Masterclasses. It came along at the right time, because I have another project in mind that has doors. A little help from Paul is always valuable and he includes so many small lessons in his projects that they are a great learning experience.

Most projects begin with a quick trip to the lumber yard and fortunately this one was made better when my daughter agreed to come with me (full disclosure, I did offer breakfast as an incentive). Almost as good, it was the annual cherry sale! 40% off. I selected and loaded up with the boards I need and a few spares then spent a few minutes looking at various species and tools with my daughter. I think she enjoyed the trip?


Selecting boards for the sides I dimensioned and planed to my hearts content. Three techniques,three planes. Love the difference in the shavings.




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