Project #2

The Cabinet

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Project Overview

Planes come in all sorts of shapes, varieties and types. All of which share similar functions yet excel in certain areas more than others. This lesson teaches you everything you need to know when buying a plane to ensure you make an educated and informed decision.

You will learn:

  • The difference between bench planes
  • What joinery planes are essential
  • What specialist planes are essential
  • What planes are best suited to you
  • Advantages and Disadvantages

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Planes come in all sorts of shapes, varieties and types. All of which share similar functions yet excel in certain areas more than others. This lesson teaches you everything you need to know when buying a plane to ensure you make an educated and informed decision.

You will learn:

  • The difference between bench planes
  • What joinery planes are essential
  • What specialist planes are essential
  • What planes are best suited to you
  • Advantages and Disadvantages

1. Edge Jointing Panels

In this video, I will show you how to edge joint the side panels for the cabinet using a different method to what we covered in the dovetail box project.

You will learn:

  • A new edge jointing technique
  • How to create a spring joint
  • How to diagnose and fix problems
  • How to create an invisible joint

2. Planing The Back Rebate

In this part, I will show you how to cut the rebate to accept the back panel. We'll be covering a number of techniques to ensure you get the most from this lesson.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the rebate
  • How to use a rebate plane
  • How to use a shoulder plane
  • How to refine the rebate

3. Laying Out The Lapped Dovetails

In this lesson, I show you how to layout the lapped dovetails for the carcass joinery. This is a slightly different layout to a traditional dovetail and isn't something to miss!

You will learn:

  • How to layout the joint
  • Where to set the marking gauge
  • Invisible Baselines
  • How to avoid common mistakes

4. Cutting The Panels

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the tails for the carcass joinery. This lesson includes both the sawing, chiselling, and refining all in one.

You will learn:

  • How to saw to a line
  • How to chisel to a baseline
  • How to refine the shoulders
  • How to fix common errors

5. Cutting The Pins

In this lesson, I show you how to chisel the sockets and assemble the lapped dovetail. This step requires lots of patience and care in order to get right.

You will learn:

  • How to quickly remove waste
  • How to chisel to a line
  • How to refine baselines
  • How to fix common mistakes

6. Making The Drawer Runners

In this lesson, I show you how to make and fit the drawer runners at the base of the carcass. This is a fiddly task that introduces new skills to your arsenal.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the groove
  • How to setup a plough plane
  • How to layout tiny tenons
  • How to fit tiny tenons

7. Cutting Groove / Dado

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut the groove / dado within the inside of the cabinet carcass. Many techniques will be covered in this lesson.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the groove / dado
  • How to bulk remove material
  • How to refine the joint
  • How to maximise accuracy

8. Cutting Tongue

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the tongue that is due to fit within the groove. To avoid a very unstable and wobbly shelf, it's important to get a good fit here!

You will learn:

  • How to layout the tongue
  • How to cut the shoulders
  • How to cut the notch
  • How to diagnose problems

9. Pre-Sanding

Before assembling the carcass, it's important to pre-sand the faces and edges within the carcass. This makes it fair easier to gain access to the faces due to be sanded.

You will learn:

  • Why you need to pre-sand
  • What grits to use
  • How to pre-sand faces
  • How and why to pre-sand edges

10. Gluing The Carcass

In this lesson, I show you how to glue the carcass to ensure it's square. Because getting this step wrong will cause you a whole host of problems later down the line!

You will learn:

  • How and why to dry fit the carcass
  • What glue to use
  • How to ensure a square glue-up
  • How to clean / avoid squeeze out

11. Flushing The Carcass

In this lesson, I show you how to plane the carcass flush after gluing. This will ensure tight fits with all the components due to be attached to this carcass.

You will learn:

  • How and why to use a plane
  • Why to avoid using sandpaper
  • How to get edges and faces flat
  • How to avoid breakout

12. Attaching The Back

In this lesson, I show you how to attach the back panel. This will ensure the carcass stays rigid while we fit the door and drawer in later stages.

You will learn:

  • What material to use
  • How to prepare the material
  • How to attach the back
  • How to achieve a professional look

13. Sizing Door Components

In this lesson, we begin working on the door. I will show to how to size the components for a tight fit and prepare them to accept a panel.

You will learn:

  • Cutting and Sizing Material
  • How to layout and cut a groove
  • How to avoid breakout
  • How to achieve a tight, accurate fit.

14. Cutting Mortices

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the mortices for the frame and panel door. We are working on thin components here so attentional to detail is key.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the mortices
  • How to cut the mortices
  • How to refine the mortices
  • How to diagnose and prevent problems

15. Cutting Tenons

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut the tenons for the frame and panel doors. By the end of the lesson, you will have a dry fitted door frame.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the tenons
  • How to saw the tenons
  • How to chisel the tenons
  • How to refine and fit the tenons.

16. Sizing Door Panel

Now that the frame is complete, it's now time to fit a door panel. In this lesson I will discuss materials to be used and the  different options available to you.

You will learn:

  • What materials to use
  • Different variations of the door panel
  • How to size the door panel
  • How to refine and check the fit.

17. Gluing Door

In this lesson, I will show you how to glue the door to ensure there are no visible gaps and is perfectly square after assembly. Because fitting a skewed door is painful!

You will learn:

  • How to dry fit the door
  • What glue to use
  • How to avoid mess
  • How to ensure a square assembly

18. Hinging Door

In this lesson, I show you how to accurately hinge the door within the carcass. This is a very valuable skill to have and there is lots of supporting resources available here.

You will learn:

  • How to tune hinges
  • How to layout hinge recesses
  • How to cut hinge recesses
  • How to avoid mix-ups

19. Sizing Drawer Components

Next, we are moving onto the drawer components. In this lesson, I will show you how to accurately size the components for a piston fit drawer.

You will learn:

  • How to size the drawer front
  • How to find the depth of the drawer
  • How to cut the groove for the bottom
  • How to achieve maximum accuracy

20. Cutting Lapped Dovetails

In this video, we re-visit lapped dovetails and get the joinery cut for the front of the drawer. I will be detailing layout, cutting and fitting all in one video.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the lapped dovetails
  • How to saw the lapped dovetails
  • How to chisel the lapped dovetails
  • How to refine the lapped dovetails

21. Drawer Back Dovetails

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut a very odd set of dovetails that are commonly used on the back of traditionally constructed drawers.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the dovetails
  • How to saw the dovetails
  • How to chisel the dovetails
  • How to refine and fit the dovetails

22. Pre-Sanding Drawer

In this video, we cover the topic of pre-sanding again. By the end of the lesson, you will have all the faces and edges prepared and ready for glue-up.

You will learn:

  • Why to pre-sand the drawer
  • What grits to use
  • How to pre-sand faces
  • How to pre-sand edges

23. Gluing Drawer

In this video, I show you how to glue up the drawer to ensure all gaps have been closed and more importantly, it's perfectly square.

You will learn:

  • How to dry fit the drawer
  • How to glue a traditional drawer
  • How to ensure accuracy
  • How to tweak clamps for squareness

24. Fitting Drawer

How that the drawer has been glued, it's time to fit it within the carcass. In this video, I show you how to achieve the highly sought after piston fit finish.

You will learn:

  • How to plane joints flush
  • How to avoid breakout
  • How to remove material accurately
  • How to achieve a piston fit drawer

25. Drawer Stops

In this lesson, I show you how to make and attach the drawer stops that prevent the drawer from disappearing into the carcass and getting stuck.

You will learn:

  • How to layout the drawer stop
  • How to cut and shape the drawer stop
  • How to attach the drawer stop
  • How to re-position the drawer stop

26. Making The Top Plinth

Now that the main components of the carcass are complete, it's time to add the final touches. In this lesson, we begin by constructing the top plinth.

You will learn:

  • How to edge joint components
  • How to glue edge joints
  • How to flatten a face
  • How to cut a mitred profile

27. Making The Bottom Plinth

The bottom plinth is slightly different to the top plinth in that it's made of lipped man-made board. This allows you to put your mitring skills into practice again!

You will learn:

  • How to size man-made boards
  • How to accurately layout mitres
  • How to cut mitres
  • How to lip a man-made board

28. Sanding

In this lesson, I shoe you how to accurately sand the box to ensure no detail is lost and it remains crisp. Yet also achieve a finish that is soft and tactile to touch.

You will learn:

  • How to avoid losing detail
  • How to retain crispness
  • What grits to use
  • How to remove sharp edges

29. Finishing

In this lesson, I show you my process when it comes to finishing the cabinet carcass and the traditionally fitted door and drawer. Can you guess what finish I intent to use?

You will learn:

  • How to prepare for applying finish
  • How to apply the first coat
  • How to cut back between coats
  • How to achieve a flawless finish.

30. Summary

Now that the cabinet is completed, lets reflect back on all the different processes we carried out and the skills you have picked up along the way.

You will see:

  • What skills you learnt
  • What you can move onto next
  • Other viewers projects
  • The finished cabinet.

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