Project #2

The Cabinet

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Project Overview

In this quick video, I will brief you on the project ahead so that you know what to expect and can get the most from this course. Many resources are available at your fingertips so don't miss the opportunity to make the most of them!

You will learn:

  • What you need to begin this project
  • How the course is structured
  • What processes you will learn
  • How to use the resources available.

Tool List

Unsure you have all the right tools for the project? This handy guide helps you choose not only the tools you need, but also gives my recommendations in order of preference. It also provides various options to suit different budgets.

You will learn:

  • Tools required for this project
  • Tools recommended for the project
  • My first, second and third choices
  • What to avoid.

Pre-Machined Material Packs

Want to start this project on the right foot? Purchase pre-machined timber in a variety of materials here. Perfect for those who want to avoid the fuss and get stuck straight into the project!

You will get:

  • Timber that is straight, square and parallel
  • A choice of various woods and colours
  • Delivery straight to your door!

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. Sizing The Panels

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. Cutting The Tails

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut 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 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

5. 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 joint
  • How to account for wood movement
  • How to cut tiny tenons
  • How to fit tiny tenons

6. Cutting Groove / Dado & Rebates

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut the groove / dado within the inside of the cabinet carcass using both hand tool and power tool methods!

You will learn:

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

7. Cutting The Shelf Tongues

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. Attaching The Top and Bottom

In this lesson, I show you how to apply profiles to the edges of the top and bottom panels. As well as show you how to use pilot and clearance holes to screw them to the carcass.

You will learn:

  • How to flush off the cabinet
  • How to add an edge profile by hand
  • How to use a clearance hole
  • How to amend gaps

11. 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

12. Grooving 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.

13. 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 attention 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

14. Marking Tenons

In this lesson, I show you how to layout the tenons for the frame and panel doors. By the end of the lesson, you will be prepared to begin cutting and chiselling them to size.

You will learn:

  • How to size the tenons
  • How to layout the tenons
  • How to plan for material removal
  • How to prevent twist after assembly

15. Cutting and Fitting Tenons

In this lesson, I will show you how to cut the tenons to size using a saw to remove the bulk of the waste, and a chisel to refine back to the lines. You will have a dry fitted frame by the end of the video.

You will learn:

  • Should you saw to the line or not
  • How to chisel the cheeks to thickness
  • How to remove the haunch
  • How to refine and check the fit.

16. Fitting The 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. Fitting The Door

In this lesson, I show you how to accurately fit the door within the carcass to achieve an even shadow gap on all four edges. This will get you in the best position for hinging in the next lesson. 

You will learn:

  • How to flush the front of the frame
  • How to flush the sides of the frame
  • How to get an even shadow gap
  • How to use shims

19. Hinging The 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. The Drawer Base

In this video, I show you how to fit the drawer base. This will be made from solid wood so we need to ensure we leave enough room for movement.

You will learn:

  • How to fit the base
  • How to allow for movement
  • How to attach the base
  • What finish to use

24. Pre-Sanding & 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

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

26. Door & 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

27. Handles

In this lesson, I'll show you how to create some delicate handles that compliment the design of the cabinet, rather than detract the attention away.

You will learn:

  • What colours and material to use
  • How to design an elegant handle
  • How to create prototypes
  • How to refine the design

28. Sanding

In this lesson, I show 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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