Part 5: Toolbox Project – Haunches and mortises

When making cabinet doors, folks often wander if it’s better to cut the mortises or tenons first. Well the truth is, it really does not matter so long as you don’t make the common mistake of cutting the mortice oversize through forgetting about the groove.

A guaranteed way to avoid this is simply to cut the tenons and haunches first, and then mark out the mortises directly from the tenons.

Mark the haunch straight from the groove depth on the top 0f the top rail and bottom edges of the bottom rails respectively.

Once you’ve got this measurement, don’t muck about repeating the same measurement, just get hold of something the right size and use this as a spacer to mark out the other 7 haunches.

When making cabinet doors, folks often wander if it’s better to cut the mortises or tenons first. Well the truth is, it really does not matter so long as you don’t make the common mistake of cutting the mortice oversize through forgetting about the groove. A guaranteed way to avoid this is simply to cut… Read more »

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Part 4: Toolbox Build – Tenons for the frame and panel work.

  With your dovetailed box done, it’s time to start the frame and panel work. I’ve chosen a very simple design to make this a nice easy introduction for the woodworking club members. A single groove is plowed right down the middle of the stock, with no chamfers or moldings to complicate things. This groove… Read more »

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Part 3: Toolbox Build – The Next Step

With your box dovetailed together, glued up and ready, the next step is to prepare the materials for the two identical paneled frames, one for each side of the tool box. The back frame is fixed and the front will be removable. The materials you’ll need for the frame are all pieces of 3×1 planed… Read more »

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Mill your own lumber (US) or saw up your own trees (UK)

Even if you haven’t got a Wood Mizer style bandsaw, you can still mill, air dry and use your own lumber. What you will need however is a decent chainsaw, access to a reasonably powerful surface planer and a small to medium sized bandsaw.

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This log was just on this limit of my what would fit onto the table.

Part 2: Toolbox Build is Underway!

Our Monday woodworking club saw the start of the tool box project, which is really exciting, considering a few members have only just cut their first set of dovetails! On a good sized dovetail project, there are a few really good tips I want to share to make sure that everyone building this toolbox gets… Read more »

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I like to cut tails first so that's what I teach.

Part 1: Tool Box Project:

The members of our wood working club are about to embark on a simple toolbox project, and I thought it would be useful for some folks if I wrote and photographed the whole process, week by week so anyone who follows this blog can join in and get a tool box made.

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This stack of wood is enough for 5 tool box cases.

The Beauty of Diamonds

I heat my workshop with scrap wood, old pallets and such like, and so I’ve often got the job of cutting up old, tatty wood into the right size for the stove. I’m a keen hand tool user, but on grounds of practicality, I use a Hilti demolition saw to saw up old pallets. The… Read more »

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A triangular diamond file will cut the hardest tool steel!

Working with Knots?

I once worked with a fine craftsman who used to say ‘Working wood is like life itself, it’s full of knots and you have to just work with them and get through it…” or words to that effect. Now there’s an element of truth in this, sometimes knots are completely unavoidable. However, I’ve been teaching… Read more »

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The Artisan Woodworking Club

For a long time, I’ve wanted to start a woodworking club in our area and so it’s been fantastic to have the opportunity and the venue to start one a couple of weeks ago.

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The new work benches were soon put to good use!