Saturday, February 9, 2013
Managed to get the carcase into the clamps this week for the glue-ups. Being my first cabinet, it strikes me how many critical cuts there are in making a cabinet: joinery; rabbet; grooves all over the place. One wrong move on a carcase member could mean complete calamity, leaving your project and mental health in ruin, and possibly a new shop window because something's been thrown through it. This is compounded when you're working with a limited amount of wood, paying attention to grain graphics.
Careful deliberation and layout with the marking gauge helps keep things straight. As does getting yourself 95% there on the router table, then trimming by hand. I picked up a veritas router plane recently as a belated shop xmas gift. Cool little hand tool considering how important consistent depth of cut is, and sure to become a shop favourite, great for trimming high spots and cleaning up.