Part 7 Toolbox Project: Making the raised Panels

I thought it was about time I did a post on making raised panels, because they’re great fun, really useful and there is not a lot of really good teaching on how you go about this.

The chamfered section should end with a nice parallel tongue that fits neatly into the groove in the frame.

For starters, let’s get one thing straight, just sticking a panel in a vice and chamfering the edges with a plane is NOT the way it was done and NOT the way it should be done. Yes, I suppose it works as you can jam the tapered edges into the parallel groove of the frame, and I’m sure there are good arguments for doing this, based on it being a very quick and easy method.(AKA total bodge up!) The problems only appear once you get movement in the wood. Two bad things can happen: (1) The tapered panel edge get jammed into the straight slot so tight that it breaks the groove edges out, as the wood expands, or (2) as the panel shrinks, unsightly gaps are left at one side or another and you’re left with a panel that rattles.

The only real solution is to actually do the job properly and that’s all there is to it.

I thought it was about time I did a post on making raised panels, because they’re great fun, really useful and there is not a lot of really good teaching on how you go about this. For starters, let’s get one thing straight, just sticking a panel in a vice and chamfering the edges with… Read more »

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Hand Tools Really Work – Easy Rebates with a simple plane!

If you don’t own a moving filister plane, like the Stanley No.78, or a wooden one, creating rebates with a standard rebate plane can be tricky. Rebates are very useful and functional elements of cabinet design and are often hidden from view and don’t get much scrutiny, but they still need to be accurate. I… Read more »

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Now they are good looking Hold Downs!

It has taken us months to get our new range of hold down clamps looking perfect. Both Jonathan and myself do enjoy a bit of blacksmithing and these have been a whole load of fun to make. Making them was not the issue, we sussed that out on the first day…however, getting them looking good… Read more »

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Beautiful, Solid, Traditional Workbenches!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the availability of a range of workbenches, hand made from solid, slow grown, wonderful smelling pine and coated in Treatex Hard Wax Oil. The design is very similar to that which was given in the Working Wood 1, as a ‘build yourself a workbench project’, but… Read more »

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Woodfest Wales – Great Woodworking Show!

Woodfest Wales this year was a great success for the organisers and thankfully, apart from a bit of murkiness on Friday, it was good weather with loads of sunshine over the weekend. From chainsaw carving, pole climbing and axe cutting championships, to stunt bike riding, bowl turning and loads of stalls, there was loads to… Read more »

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Make a new plane iron.

Making a new plane iron is not as tricky as you may think. My all time steel of choice is O1. The reasons I really like to work with O1 tool steel:

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2 inch wide steel will give you two narrow irons or a wide one for a No.4 bench plane.

A couple of Dovetail Box Tips

There are lots of ways to clean up and level protruding tails and pins when your making dovetailed boxes. This is a method that’s quick and easy and I use all the time. Firstly, take a sharp chisel and pare the nubs towards the edge, but only go half way across or you’ll break out… Read more »

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Use the chisel bevel down and pare upwards half way across.

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… Read more »

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For each set, clamp the stiles together and set out the rails and mid stile as they will be when assembled.

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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Grooving is the place to start!