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  1. Hey guys sorry this has taken me so long to post. Life has been crazy and haven’t had any free time in quite a while. So the current kitchen project isn’t quite completed, the customer is ok with it not being finished yet as the contractor who is doing the remodel hasn’t shown up yet. Will show you guys the steps for assembly of a base cabinet in this post. Hopefully it makes sense on the Constructon style after this post. This cabinet is a 3 drawer base. Start with the face frame face down on the bench. I did pick up a chunk of carpet to cover the bench for $10 from a local carpet shop. Just a piece of scrap they had laying around. I gather all the ply parts for the cabinet, which can be a little sorting when you first start assembly. While finishing all the parts get mixed around. The cabinet sides get pocket holes placed where they meet the face frame. With this cabinet getting drawers I use a spacer to mount the drawer slides to. Drawer slides attached while the sides are laying flat on the bench. Find this much easier than when the side is attached. Some glue place in the dado of the face frame. With both sides attached the bottom is pocket holed and glue and screwed into place. A cleat is then put in across the top. This is there to have something more substantial to screw through when installing. 1/2” back is then stapled on. In the corners of base cabinets I put in corner blocks. Not there for only stiffness but is gives a place to attach counters to. Some shop made jigs for attaching slides to the drawers. Drawers all in. For the fronts I use a Blum mounting system. Pretty slick with the inserts adjustability. Ran out of room for this post with pictures. The whole project was going all to well until I got into a hurry and tried to move a drying rack full of the doors. Hit a bump in the concrete and the doors fell like dominos. Long story short I ended up with a good gash on my nose and one door completely broken and a handful to fix. So by trying to save a minute it cost me about 8 hours and a bruised pride. It really turned off my motivation for the whole project and even being in the shop. Really can’t wait to have this one behind me so I can get back to making a project that I can have fun with. Don’t read into this the wrong way, I knew what I was getting into when I took this on and it has allowed me to make so nice tool upgrades. Has made me realize why I no longer work in the cabinet business.
  2. This is bad news. They were going to be playing locally in a couple weeks.
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    Now there is an idea
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    That is a very good question, my answer is I don't know. I have done one other board like this and gave it away as a wedding gift to really good friends, they havent said anything to me about it chipping out. They are good enough friends that I would think they would mention it to me. My wife brought it up as well, thought we should maybe try stain in it.
  5. Last resort is a 3" grk through the frame into a stud. Shouldn't go anywhere after that 🙂 Are you putting those small screws in with a impact or a drill? Maybe go the hand route.
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    Made a few cutting boards for some gifts. This one here was made for our community park auction. The town has been building a new city park for a few years and do a Facebook auction as a fundraiser. Took the picture as it was in the process of soaking up some mineral oil yet. The state outline and lettering I cut in with a v groove bit and a plunge router. My wife has a circut that she cut the design out on, put the sticker on the board and painted over it. Removed the sticker to get the pattern to cut, then painted over the cut before sending back through the drum sander. With the variation in width on the letters I did try and adjust the depth of cut as I went Have to say it worked better than I thought. There are a few wobbles in the cut but I can live with them. For finish I like to hit with around 5 coats of mineral oil then use a butcher block conditioner product. Seems to be a wax and mineral oil mix.
  7. Haha I kinda forgot about this trend till I was looking at some of the pictures of our latest trip. Went to Colorado for about a week. Kids had a good time as did we. The Mountain View’s and weather were a nice change from the heat and humidity of Iowa summers. Kevs shirt made an appearance on the trip as well! Lol don’t know why I look so mad in the pic, other than the kids taking my sunglasses from me! I assure you I was in. Good mood!
  8. Sorry for not being around much lately. Took a little family trip and have been playing catch up since. We went to Rocky Mountain national park to take in the sites. Was a great time! Only work that I’ve gotten done on the cabinets is getting all the doors and face frames finish sanded. Took quite a bit of time to get through them all. I believe it was right around 7 hours of sanding time. This photo was taken after about 2 solid hours of sanding, the cart on the left was the progress. Will start staining as soon as I get the 1/4” ply skins cut and sanded.
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    Track Saws

    Late to the party here but I have recently used the kreg version where you use your existing saw. Have to say that the rubber strips on the bottom of the track kept it in place. The track on the other hand had some play in it. It worked fir the few cuts I made with better than expected accuracy.
  10. Thanks guys! Yeah I was thinking it was more like a quart to fill it! Have 50’ of hose that I added the 4’ whip hose to. Either way it saves a ton of time not having to refill the cup.
  11. Well it’s been kinda slow going on this project the last few weeks. I would find a random hour here and there to work on it. This weekend that changed, spent the better part of both days in the shop. Was talking with the client and she decided to go with plywood drawer boxes. Typically I would go with a lighter colored wood like maple or birch to make the box sides and dovetail them. So this was a little change for me. Kicked it around on how I was going to put them together and decided just glue and screw with butt joints. The drawer sides got a 1/4 grove cut in them to accept the 1/2 bottom that gets a rabbit on the edges so it fit the grove. The inside face of the drawer box gets sanded before assembly along with the bottom. I used a pin nailer to hold the parts in place till I could get a couple screws in. I ended up switching to the 18g nailer after a couple boxes as the pins weren’t holding very well. I then would countersink a hole and put a 1 3/4” screw in. Was really the first project that I got to use the m18 surge impact driver and was really impressed with how quiet it is. It runs pretty fast so did over drive a couple screws at the start. With the box assembled I took an 1/8 round over bit to the top and bottom. Trying to reduce the chances of a snag on the plywood veneer. It’s an imported plywood that I am using and the quality and veneer thickness is less than deserving of a positive comment. I had some latex wood filler laying around that I used to fill some of the voids in the plys. Really wasn’t to many of them to fill and is a step that I’m glad I took. Most of the plywood and drawers ready to get finish put on them. Happy to say I did get all the play wood and drawers sprayed tonight. The new sprayer worked perfectly and will be ordering a little wider spray pattern tip for it. The 412 tip I got was for a different style gun and wouldn’t fit this one. Used the 311 to get by for today. I did grossly underestimate the amount of finish that I actually needed. I had 2 gallons on the sealer and 3 of the top coat. Burned them up really fast. My brother came down today so I had him pick me up 5 gallons of each to see the project through. All the dados were glue is going to be applied get taped off. Am really happy with the progress this weekend. Wanted to be at this point as we are taking off for Colorado to take in some sites.
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