Cabinet Making

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  • Pocket Hole Joinery: Beyond Face Frames

    Leg to rail construction is a very common part of building furniture. There are lots of ways the joints can be created, but few are as quick and easy as pocket holes. And, there’s plenty of strength in a pocket hole joint. It’s common for a leg to rail joint to have a reveal, an

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  • Do Nails Really Help?

    Every once in a while I take some flak for not using nails or screws in my joinery, and for using pocket holes to join face frames. Let’s debunk a few myths. Today’s glues are stronger than the wood you’re putting together, provided the joinery is good. When you have good joinery, meaning no slop

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  • Cutting Strips on a Table Saw with a Partner

    It’s not uncommon to need thin strips for woodworking projects. You might want them for an accent strip, to cover the edge of a plywood shelf, to band the front of a European-style cabinet…there are lots of applications. We’re talking about pieces that are ¼” or so thick. It’s great to be able to cut

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  • How Many Dado Shims to Use

    Dado joints are a powerful way to hold shelves and other cabinet carcase components securely. These joints are relatively easy to execute, and due to their effectiveness and efficiency they are a mainstay in many cabinet shops. Most stacked dado sets include multiple chipper sizes, commonly 1/16” and 1/8”, to give you some flexibility in

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  • Cutting Plywood for Accuracy

    Want to build cabinets? If so, you’ll probably be using plywood or some other man-made sheet stock for the carcasses. Cutting plywood can be tricky. Who wants to flop those big sheets onto a table saw? It’s much easier to take the tool to the work in this case, instead of the work to a

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  • Setup for Using a Rabbeted Half Blind Dovetail Jig

    Everyone loves the handsome, distinguished look of dovetails, and on top of that they are an extremely strong, durable joint. Half blind dovetails are commonly used in drawer construction, and when overlay doors are desired, a rabbeted half blind joint is used. Using a dovetail jig and router is definitely the way to go when

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  • Router Table Setup Using Test Cuts for Perfect Dadoes

    Dado joints are a time-honored approach for case joinery. When choosing to use a router to create this joint, router table setup is critical to creating the perfect fit that you’re after. On a table saw equipped with a dado head you would use shims to dial in the perfect width for your dado, but

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  • Using a Dado Stack Buildup on the Table Saw

    Dado joints provide herculean strength while being relatively simple to mill on a table saw, making them the obvious choice when it comes to cabinet carcase construction. If there is a catch, it is that getting your table saw set up properly with a dado stack to accurately mill dadoes to the correct width can

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  • Determine the Ideal Depth for Any Dado Cut

    Dadoes provide an excellent way to join cabinet sides to shelves, but in order for the joint to be strong the dado cut needs to be right. There are two common conventions for determining the depth of a dado cut, and we’ll explain them here. Why a dado? Dadoes are significantly stronger than a butt

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  • Essentials of Good Design Part 3: Steps in Making Furniture

    If you are following along in our design series, you know that we’ve covered some fundamentals of design, as well as some specific details on the wood furniture design process. Now we take our designs into the shop and talk about some fundamentals of making furniture as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some

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