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    Furniture, picture frames, and generally spending time in the garage with tools.

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  1. SawDustB

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I haven't had a lot of time lately, but I finally managed to finish fitting the dovetail joints. I had the single tails for the small doors: And the double tails on the bigger ones: They're not seating fully yet since I still need to clean up the baselines with the trim router. I think I've got a pretty good system that I used to quickly knock out these dovetails - not exactly conventional, but it sure worked well. I kind of felt like I was cheating, but I can't complain about the results. After I've confirmed my test fit of all the doors I can get the panels cut to size and glue them up.
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    DW735 Advanced Tune Up, anyone?

    I suspect there may be an element of overloading the microphone input on the phone as well. It's going to be optimized for normal speaking levels, so a lot of them may be incapable of measuring beyond a certain level. Normally above 80-85 dB is where you would need to have hearing protection in a workplace setting, depending on the length of exposure. A lunchbox planer with straight knives is going to be well over that, so I wouldn't trust the sound metering at those levels using a phone, although they probably work fine at more reasonable noise levels.
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    Basic Drill Press Question(s)

    I got one of these clamps for Christmas for my drill press. I think it's fantastic, especially for repetitive operations. I drilled a half inch hole through my drill press table to use it, and haven't needed any other clamps since. I'm also far more likely to clamp because it's easy.
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    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I've been working on the door frames. I felt like getting through this a bit quicker, so I used the table saw to cut most of the tails, cleaning up with hand tools. I opted for one larger tail on the narrow boards. I was really happy with how they came out. Aside from chopping to the baseline between the tails on the bigger doors, they're done. I expect the pins will be a bit slower, but it'll be exciting to get the doors together. I don't have hinges yet. I bought some from eBay that are nice, but a bit small. The ones Matt used are great, but are pricy and hard to get here. Right now the leading candidate is probably a heavy duty piano hinge, if I can work out the details.
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    workbench top lumber dimensions

    I don't see any reason not to use shorts. I had some defects in a couple of the long 8/4 boards that I cut out and laminated a piece in, although I just faced it to the bottom. There's so much glue surface in the bench top that even if you didn't reinforce the ends I don't think it's going anywhere.
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    (Sigh)....Roubo time

    Brendon's right, don't do something you're not comfortable with. I had the same feeling about it, so what I did was to use a handsaw to cut about 1/8" away from the line and use my chisels to roughly chop out the waste. That way, I was only routing a small amount of wood, so I figured it wasn't as risky. I did that a few times in the Roubo, where I roughly removed waste by hand then just used the router to clean up. That being said, I'm sure it is fine as long as you slowly take off a small amount of wood at a time, rather than trying to immediately bury the bit in the wood.
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    Gorilla Glue

    I've used the PU glue on mostly exterior projects. It does make a mess, but it is one of the free glues that I would trust with a bent lamination outdoors. I used it to make the bent beams for a small foot bridge and it has zero issues a couple of years later. It is nice in that it's slippery when first assembled, like hide glue, so it can make the joint easier to assemble. I've actually been using hide glue quite a bit. I used the old Brown glue on assembling my tool cabinet, and a couple of other glue ups. The biggest issue I find you need to watch for is making sure the glue doesn't cool down too much before the joints are together. That glue is Jello consistency at a cool room temperature, and only flows well when you keep the bottle in a warm water bath. I put some into one of the really small Glu bot bottles to make this easier. I did discover that you can heat the joint up within an hour or two and still be able to clamp it tighter. While it doesn't swell the joint as much as PVA, there's still a little bit of that, but it also lubricates the joint when it first goes on. Overall it's been good, but I may try the titebond version next time, as it seems to flow better at room temperature. It is much easier for squeeze out clean up. You can get it all with a damp tag pretty easily, even if you do it later. It also doesn't show under the finish, unless there's a huge amount of it.
  8. SawDustB

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I appreciate the feedback. I did try out my cardboard version several times before I cut all of them to the same profile, and they seemed to work well. I definitely couldn't have left them vertical. I tried a semi circle version as well, and didn't find it helped a lot for clearance, and I just didn't like the look as much. I've already cut the slots in the top and bottom divider pieces, so I couldn't step them back any further. The one downside to the profile is that I probably couldn't stack two planes as in your picture, but I don't have enough that I need to.
  9. SawDustB

    18th Century Style Kids Workbench

    Looks great, Vinny!
  10. SawDustB

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I got the back trimmed and flushed up the dovetails. Looks pretty good, although I have some minor gaps to fill. The case is about 1/16 out of square over the height, which I can live with. I trimmed the back and did a test fit to see what it will look like. The maple plywood is growing on me - I might just forget about trying any veneering.
  11. SawDustB

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I initially tried to do my glue up on Saturday night and it was a disaster. Some of the joints were tight beforehand, and wouldn't go together once glue was on there. I was able to pull it apart and get it to the point of only partially gluing it up, to here. Next, I added a few dowels to reinforce the joint to the upper divider. This ends up taking some of the weight, so I figure it can't hurt. I finally glued up the main case in a couple of steps. I didn't get the dovetails to close as tightly as I'd like, but it's pretty good. I used old Brown glue to help the joints slide together, since they were all pretty tight. Part of the issue is that I only have two good clamps at that length, and I really should have bought more. I added the dividers and cleaned it up before leaving it for the night. Aside from being upside down, everything is the way it should be. I think I may install the back and hang this part while I build the test of it.
  12. SawDustB

    Help with closing a small gap.

    It's small enough you may be able to burnish the two edges using a round tool shaft and be able to close it. I've had some luck with wetting it a little to help it along.
  13. SawDustB

    Hand tool cabinet in maple

    I worked on getting everything ready for the glue up tonight. I started by mocking up the cubby hole divider using cardboard. This is what I came up with. Still has relatively straight lines, but lets me get my hand in. Next, I made them from wood. I taped together the stack of dividers and drilled out the curve at the drill press, then made the straight cuts using the table saw then a hand saw to finish them. I ended up spending a while with a rasp and sandpaper to get them smooth. A card scraper worked pretty well for getting a good surface, provided I went with the grain. Here's the result: I also got the plywood cut for the back, and finished the rabbet for the back. At this point I've finish sanded about half the inside faces. Once I complete that, I can glue it up.
  14. SawDustB

    what would you prefer...

    Does it make much difference over a regular rabbet plane? I've got an old Stanley #78 I use, and more recently a large shoulder plane for that kind of thing. I guess I'm not usually that concerned about the appearance of tenons, and just chamfer the corners. The Jack rabbet seems like a strange choice to me. I find I usually want a smaller rabbet plane.
  15. SawDustB

    Matt's Hand Tool Cabinet

    You and me both. I've got a painted pine book shelf and some other kid projects, so I'm in no rush to be done.