Shop Cabinets, Production Style

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Shop Cabinets

May 2013: One cabinet down, seven more to go. The process of "settling in" continues.

Whoever first said that if you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life, must have been a woodworker. Or maybe a magazine editor. In any case, it sure sums up how I feel about my job, which is equal parts of both vocations. I'm pretty sure a coal miner would rather not dig more coal when he or she is off the clock, and I know quite a few schoolteachers that don't dream about teaching once summer break begins. (My wife is one of them!)

But what do I do when I'm not building something for the magazine or testing a bunch of new tools? Well, oftentimes, I'm woodworking. Or I'm trying out some new tool. And whether I'm building for the magazine or for myself, the way I feel about it is exactly the same. The experience is equally satisfying, whether I'm earning a living or just wrapping up a personal project on a Sunday afternoon.

The top snapshot here will give you a glimpse of what I've currently got "cooking" in the shop, and as luck would have it, there are a few "down" days between getting the last issue off to press and starting our work on a new print issue. So, I'm squeezing in some time to work on a bank of four upper and

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Woodworking #6 - The Jointer's Jumpin'

In this episode, I review one of the most critical and fundamental aspects of woodworking: milling lumber. I review my 4-step milling process, which requires…
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19 Responses to “Shop Cabinets, Production Style”

  1. Woodworkingplans10

    Great video, very useful.

  2. lovshooting

    We need to get you on HD … Nice!

  3. Gary Wayne

    As always, your explanation is clear and insightful. Love your ability both as a teacher and a craftsmen. Thanks for posting this.

  4. srs19808

    Very helpful instruction. Thank you for making this video.

  5. Cosmas Bauer

    This video really helped me out! I can’t afford any type of powerplaner or jointer but I have a router table and a router ^^

  6. Paul Chondropoulos

    Really nice video! It helped a lot!

  7. sirgreggins8824

    Thanks a million Marc. I went to woodcraft for a new block plane this week and they showed me how to as well. The hard part for me is on my guitar soundboards. 1/4sawn spruce is sometimes difficult to read and this trick works well. Most other woods are easy enough.

  8. sirgreggins8824

    WOW what a trick! Thanks Marc, you’ve become my got to source for all things woodworking.

  9. TheWoodWhisperer

    one simple trick you might try involves using panty hose. The material in panty hose catches easily on grain. The direction that catches more is against the grain and the directly that moves smoothly without getting caught up is with the grain. Yes, I just recommended buying panty hose. ?

  10. sirgreggins8824

    could you provide some info on grain direction. The only way i really seem to know which way hand plane is by doing a test cut and if i get tear of spin the board 180 degrees and then planes. any info you could provide or a vid on it would be GREAT

  11. TheWoodWhisperer

    well that isn’t usually that much of a factor if the blade are sharp. But if it is chipping out, that is certainly one way to ensure a smoother cut.

  12. cody smith

    really how does that help

  13. Mike Snell

    i read an article once about jointing with a table saw. you put a sacrificial fence on your saw and raise the blade up into it. then behind the blade, you put a thin piece of wood the width of the exposed blade and keep the board straight to that to joint an edge

  14. Rudolf Zaris

    Hi. According to this, especially the end of this video, I am decided about to build my own CNC router base. ? Realize that feeling of timber perfectly flattening itself automatically during my coffe break ? heh

  15. James Justice

    I have a problem; whenever I use my jointer it creates a “wedge” shaped board, has anyone ran into this before? Email;

  16. TheWoodWhisperer

    @LFWOL I try to avoid saying things like “always” and “never” in woodworking, lol. Always lands me in hot water. 99% of the time I go with the concave side down. But there are some instance where its more effective to go with the convex side down. Primary, with a thinner piece that just by virtue of pushing across the jointer, flattens out “artificially” from your hand pressure.

  17. TheWoodWhisperer

    because we are sending it through the planer, not the jointer.

  18. Matt W

    With cups, I always have to put the convex side down. But I have to do it the other way with bows and twists. If I don’t, I always find that the little bit of downward pressure I put on the board is enough (especially with long/thin boards) to press the center of the board flat only for it to spring back up to being bowed slightly. If I do it the other way, I don’t put any pressure on the high spots (the ends) and those basically “float” over the knives and make the face come out perfectly flat.

  19. TheWoodWhisperer

    If its jumping too much, return it. ?

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