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Last year I purchased the hand tool cabinet plans from fine wood working. It was the only one i saw that hit all of the things I wanted in a cabinet. So last November r I purchased some mahagony for a hand tool cabinet and it has been in my garage ever since.

 

I don't have a lot of band saw experience and attempted to resaw the top and bottom last month that. It went terribly. The blade went off track in the wood and I had to cut the blade. It was a 1/2" blade I believe. I purchased a 3/4" Laguna blade (non resaw king) a while ago and just had no time to start it. I planned to get it started and use a friend's large dovetail jig. He has no time for us to get together so I decided to start and hand cut these dovetails. This will only be my second time doing dovetails.

 

Today I spent about 30 minutes before shift to get the band saw tuned and aligned to the 3/4" blade. I had time to cut one piece so I went for it. I resawed the shorter piece which will be the top and bottom. Amazingly it turned out perfect. I won't have time until Sunday to do the last two pieces (two sides and doors).

 

For the door panels I will be resawing tiger wood. Should look really good with the mahagony. 89dfc23ade5f56b17bd7894a7292782b.jpg1c15f535f1beb1b4d6220130d40dc90a.jpg8f23cc2a8016b58064801c81618439b3.jpgde93c96b0ca10ff00f719dd1d8795cae.jpg2d851b36a68557406e615d0e8dcfae73.jpg50079f24cb297180c1cba2544894b294.jpg539bfe8a722c72ba2e019072f3cfb7eb.jpgfedf7b2d8149e0c86b4c9d1f5fa7b8fc.jpg0617db67e96e404ab78326aba85d0dad.jpg

 

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Made some progress this week and also hit a huge snag on the hand tool cabinet

First I ripped all the 8/4 mahogany down which went very smoothly. The boards did have some tension and cupped on me. I let them sit a few days and went to my wood store and had them joint the boards again. I planed them today. I jointed the edges and then started to rip some of the pieces down to find all dimension. The case will get hand cut dovetails. I got the case sides cut and as I moved my fence for the last adjustment for the sides, the hand snapped off. I contacted delta for a warranty replacement part. They approved it and will hopefully be here next week. Until then I can cut the sides to length and start those dovetails. Probably will take me all week anyways. Lol

So right now I have a whole lot of beautiful mahagony just sitting there. b7d57726d8d05ab7e4ee1f2ecfb40870.jpg7e0e53d8439d004130bde9d85e2275f7.jpg9827088d1c8e04be8f2dd86efacebd21.jpg05824a97971263c7e0e06de25a6362a4.jpg

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IDK about you, but I'd drill it out and use a bolt and a pair of pliers until the new handle gets to you.  I so rarely get time in my shop that I hate getting sidelined because something breaks or doesn't fit.

 

Come to think of it, it's probably not a good thing for my budget that Klingspors just moved their store less than 5 minutes from my house...

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IDK about you, but I'd drill it out and use a bolt and a pair of pliers until the new handle gets to you.  I so rarely get time in my shop that I hate getting sidelined because something breaks or doesn't fit.
 
Come to think of it, it's probably not a good thing for my budget that Klingspors just moved their store less than 5 minutes from my house...
I was lucky and that piece came right out with a twist of my finger so no issue there. I'm going to run by ace and get a bolt for it in the mean time.

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Stopped by ace tonight and got a few different length bolts. Went home on lunch and tried them out. A little long but it will work until the replacement part arrives.

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Got a bolt in the fence handle today and started to cut the pieces for the cabinet. I must have miscalculated at some point and don't have enough wood. I have to go into town tomorrow anyways and will pick up another board. This cabinet is getting expensive. On a good side note, I am loving how the mahogany is looking. b956ec066c3ac89e38224378fcf5bd8c.jpg

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Mahogany's sheen is soo underappreciated. I need to pick some up.

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I finally was able to get some more work done today. I got the reat of the pieces mapped out on my boards. I had just enough. Then I got the dovetails layed out and cut. I used a coping saw for the waste. I thinner blade would be nice. They turned out pretty well so far.

 

My chisels are in dier need of sharpening so I'm done for the night. Don't like to hammer late anyways. Hopefully I will get them chiseled out tomorrow.

 

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Got the tails cut out and started on the pins. I got one corner chiseled out. Not the best but certainly not the worst. I probably should have practiced. Not horrible for my second time cutting dovetails though. I think I will go back and re establish the line up just a little.ce2255d3312065ccfdfed64d728ce0a6.jpg6b02d8a4a793cab22a1627d1a548811c.jpg686dc1a61f87ee80951ba40b381afed7.jpgbc59dbeab0e1570cfdbbc889b7323df0.jpga1125e59aab77832538de0ea00d51ea4.jpg

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Great work on the dovetails.  Some day I'd like to aspire to hand cut some, but for now, I just picked up the RTJ400 and have been having fun doing them on my router table.

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I've got a box! Sort of. All dovetails are cut. Some have more gaps than others. Practice would have actually been a good idea. I ordered a Katz Moses dovetail guide today to aid in future builds.

I did manage to get a crack somehow and not sure why or how. That one was one of the easier corners and it wasn't there until after it was all together. Thinking of either putting wood glue in it and clamping it or putting it together and just putting epoxy in it.

Next is the cut through mortise and tennons for the shelf. I got as far as laying out the mortises on the sides. Tomorrow I will drill them out, chisel them clean, and then cut the shelf to fit. 248ab832f7390dbfda4837cbac424633.jpg3da0d0356f3f0c76ebfaa4faaabfd614.jpg57f48ff83f4913aba65cb60c1e314b75.jpg46600e1307b4dd250705698ed4513857.jpg1f918240a18d2b451516bf60369a97e6.jpg

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Shelf through morstises are done. Overall I'm happy with them. The other side has a gap that I need to fill. I first used a Forster bit to hog out most of the mortise and then chiseled the rest out. Next up before glue up is to mortise for the hinges. If I were smart I would have ordered them weeks ago. But I'm not and ordered them last night. Hopefully they will arrive soon.

 

 

 

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Today I I cleaned up the shelf a little bit and got rid of the frays on the ends. If I would have done my cuts in a different order it would have been much cleaner. Oh well, it won't be seen.

I used my router table to rabbet the back sides of the carcass to accept the back panel. I then got the back pieces cut. The bottom will be the French cleat that holds the whole cabinet up. The seem is hidden by the shelf. I used my new Makita cordless track saw today and holy crap! I love this saw. The cuts on 1/2" plywood were so clean and crisp. I also used the track saw to cut the 40 angle for the cleat. Making progress!

My hinges will be here tomorrow. I will cut and mortise those in. After I do that I will glue the cabinet carcass together.

My dove tail guide will also be here today. I will use that on the doors this weekend too.

Lots of pics. I wanted to show how clean the stock Makita blade is on plywood. I'm very impressed. 904c25ba5b1915700a0e8f6bc80239f8.jpgb4490b65b2f42d0de91ef2b988c81374.jpgf7f2ac2b695aca6ffce51faa9fa23f07.jpgdd4422cc862acb598e778f63c8835244.jpg4a4bc6b7fc63a141dca5838365fc248a.jpgf642588478386df8c76032eccac147dc.jpg3fb15bbcf703ff0cab2b485b478d87d3.jpg01d5bbc4d5f283b2200eb6a81ecd4563.jpg

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Got the carcass glued up today. It went pretty smoothly. It's square but I need to plane the joints flush. I prefinished the inside pieces with one coat of shellac to help with glue squeeze out.

Yesterday I routed out the spot for the hinges. I finished the fit with some chisel work. All fit nice and flush.

Before work today I routed out the hinges on the door sections and I started the dovetails with my new Katz Moses dovetail jig. Very happy with it so far. Only complaint is it is very slick and moves slightly. 18a45c5c48c4946cecf790f45062df4c.jpgc8474a13fc544e93f598085cf91f8d61.jpg2a5bb78b5c29fa15797172c0daee5094.jpg9388be032192154470e7717f97b9678c.jpg

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Chop chop. No time for the pins before work today. At least the tails are done. 401146c5a52d1d884d7d7221c8dcd7bc.jpg

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Doors are all dovetailed! Ready for glue next. I finished chiseling out the mortises for the hinges today as well. Feeling accomplished! 9aec468b5c01664aee2d7549e8f5fd17.jpg4c95e7b12003d38bb8947ea189e6a0a6.jpgea2ac308ab5765afbef35ab36bbbdbf2.jpg

 

 

 

 

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Last night I filled the dovetails with glue and sanded them flush. This filled any gaps left by my terrible hand cut dovetails .

Today I got the plane til cut out. Support triangles on each side support the plywood the planes will reat on.

I also cut the first piece of tigerwood for the door panels. Trying to figure out the best book match and thickness for veneer work. I somehow don't have pictures of that. I'll get some soon. 80abc276ec5f467fbaaa1619d33a737a.jpgb524380bd0b247028321be1f5ee4b017.jpg

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Cut the veneers today for the front door panels. Resawed tigerwood for some bookmatched veneer. More curl in it and the camera can pick up. Should look really good with finish. The drawer fronts will also be tigerwood and the curl is much more prevalent on the off cuts from these peices.f4a03c0e44847d59582fb3282c408a0b.jpg9d8d6afc338fc4e84bc32cdec630554c.jpg4d120b3613db28d7c78a45ce27abbc3d.jpg88bbd97684237b7947e3cd722552f322.jpg

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Just call me clamp champ! First piece of veneer is in glue up. I should have probably done a pair at a time but oh well. Not like I have been rushing this build by any means. I would like to finish here soon though.

Took out the back piece and sanded it. Will put on a few coats of shellac possibly after work tonight. While the veneers are in glue up I'll sand the door cases and fill in the voids like I did the carcass. 29e80f7810ba8257725517095f1a3ec6.jpg

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On 4/25/2018 at 1:23 PM, rrich1 said:

I've got a box! Sort of. All dovetails are cut. Some have more gaps than others. Practice would have actually been a good idea. I ordered a Katz Moses dovetail guide today to aid in future builds.

I did manage to get a crack somehow and not sure why or how. That one was one of the easier corners and it wasn't there until after it was all together. Thinking of either putting wood glue in it and clamping it or putting it together and just putting epoxy in it.

Next is the cut through mortise and tennons for the shelf. I got as far as laying out the mortises on the sides. Tomorrow I will drill them out, chisel them clean, and then cut the shelf to fit. 248ab832f7390dbfda4837cbac424633.jpg3da0d0356f3f0c76ebfaa4faaabfd614.jpg57f48ff83f4913aba65cb60c1e314b75.jpg46600e1307b4dd250705698ed4513857.jpg1f918240a18d2b451516bf60369a97e6.jpg

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I haven't tried it yet, but I read somewhere about using a vacuum to try and suck the glue through a crack before clamping.  It seems like a good idea rather than just trying to push glue into a crack.

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I haven't tried it yet, but I read somewhere about using a vacuum to try and suck the glue through a crack before clamping.  It seems like a good idea rather than just trying to push glue into a crack.
I had someone mention that on another forum. I just out a little glue in it and I think it will be fine.

Got the first piece out of clamps today. I think it turned out pretty well. Second one is in clamps. Really don't want to wait a full 24 hrs for these last three but I think I will wait. I want the glue to dry thoroughly.

I sanded the plane til and got a seal coat on that as well. 749cfdd16627fc394d570eee3eaa86f3.jpg

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Been a while since my last post. I managed to get the doors made and dry fit today. During the dry fit, I snapped off a section of the middle rail of one of the doors. I managed to get it glued back together. Blends in very well with the grain and no one would ever notice.

I routed in two holes for hold fasts in the left of my work bench and have used them a decent amount since then. I was able to clamp in the doors pieces for sanding and planing. I just need to bite the bullet and do it to the top of the bench. 49a818b4e531de273c414b20740b3c82.jpg1a45da4a56cba385a11fa5b62936e36f.jpg4d9e240aa6e71e22e8d9ac4c87b718bd.jpg0638143dd493b9e806615bbb319ad916.jpg

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Second door panel is glued and drying. I was hoping the sunlight would give me some better pics but I was wrong. I really like how these came out. Somehow I did make an error and not sure how but the panels on the right in the first pic were glued upside down. It wasn't my ideal layout but it works just fine.

Second error was prefinishing them. I wanted to make glue clean up easier and finishing some what easier. I forgot that the stiles and rails are not completely flush so I will need to plane/sand them down a little bit. I'm using shellac so I don't think it will be much of an issue getting everything to look good again. 163332ffbc50440b98666cbb509b7f2c.jpg

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Well this is a thing that happened today. I got the back finally put on making the case as square as can be. I just used screws, no glue or Brad nails but I think it will be fine. Two of my hinges were lost by the mail so I have the last pair arriving tomorrow. I still have to finish the door fronts and sides with shellac. I attached the plane til and am about to start the interior doors. Pretty happy with it so far. c868ca0d5cad5d7fac5da250a4014777.jpg084fd0dcdec3bf4f0a1d494b2ebb51d0.jpg0fd7826560866371ff0e7461e6dbff5b.jpg

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Its looking really good!  That will end up being a nice piece to pass down in the future.

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