If there is a downside to the planer, it's that the thing weighs almost 100 pounds, so carrying it around isn't exactly a walk in the park. I know that I can deadlift over 250 easily, but I like to keep that in the gym. Whoever decided that a tool that weighs this much is "portable" needs to have a lesson in what portable means. So I don't throw out my back moving this thing around my garage, I got to work on making a cart for it. The big upside to this project is that a good chunk of the project helps me use up all the scrap wood from the chest of drawers I just made.
|All glued up. My planer looks lonely under the table.|
I wanted to try something different with this build, so I decided I should apply a face frame to this cabinet and get used to doing face frame cabinet making. After all, not everyone is going to want Euro frameless cabinets and I'd hate to tell someone in the future that I wouldn't be able to build them something because I couldn't make it look the way they wanted it to.
After picking up some more #2 pine from Home Depot today, I got to work making the face frame. I ripped the pieces to a uniform width and then used my chop saw to make the crosscuts for length. I think I'm going to have to send my chop saw blade off for sharpening soon. There's no way a 60 tooth ATB blade should cut worse than the 50 tooth combo blade that's in my table saw. Diablo blades don't suck, but I have had this same blade in my chop saw since the day after I got it, and I've only cleaned it a few times.
|I guess this counts as a dry-fit.|
- There's more than one way to skin a cat.
- I'm not setting up for mortise and tenons just for a face frame.
- I have a Kreg jig, and I'm going to use it in situations where it works well.
I decided to put together the face frame with pocket screws since it seemed that it required very little setup and I rarely use my Kreg jig because I'd rather use other joinery methods. My other justification for this is that the pockets are on the back side (i.e., the inside of the cabinet), so who the heck is going to see them? Besides, this is a project for my shop, so I'm going to be the only one who sees this all the time. I also feel that since Norm uses them, it can't be all bad.
I'm glad that I build my things carefully and make sure that these things are as square as I can manage. This made the face frame fit very well. I had to just glue and brad the frame onto the carcase since I don't have a biscuit joiner and a million clamps. I have wood filler to fill the nail holes and I'll just be careful with it so I don't smear it all over the wood. I had some issues with that when I built my chest of drawers and that stuff doesn't pick up the stain or dye very well.
|Glued and nailed. Just have to sand now.|
I have a storage drawer for this to make along with a pair of doors. I have a pair of hinges for 3/8" inset doors, so I'm going to give that a shot this time around. I also want to try and use my door-making router bits. I made a couple of samples so I know they work properly, but things always change when you make things for keeps.
I think that aside from being a home for my planer, I'm going to keep my nailers and fasteners in this cart. Right now I store those things in my back bench, and it's always a hassle to have to go past my table saw to get back there. If it were in a cart that I could keep near my router table, it would be a lot easier.
This should be another fast and easy project for me. I know that these shop things are basically practice for when I have to make kitchen cabinets, so I'm welcoming the challenge, and the practice is always good.