Sunday, 18 December 2011

First piece of joinery

With the aid of the aforementioned pocket hole jig, a router and his trusty compound mitre saw the skilled cabinet-maker produced his first cabinet for Harry - this little corner unit in the bathroom.
To be honest it's not 100 per cent - though I'm reasonably happy with it - but the low light photography means you won't really be able to spot the flaws. Apart from the cutting marks on the worktop which I'll skim off with the router.
The framed doors are the tricky part: I haven't yet devised a satisfactory way of producing an accurate slot in them to take the centre panel. These were done using a biscuit jointing router cutter in a couple of passes but lack of skill meant a wandering cutter and two feet of oak frame into the waste bin. That's why there's only one door at the moment!
Any top tips gratefully received...


Captain Ahab said...

I have a kitchen door set of router cutters which, if set at he correct depth, will allow me to cut an accurate groove. The opposite cutter tackles the doors but if I want to avoid the raised panel look i use regular straight flute to cut a rebate which will go in the slot. Much easier with a router table.

Starman said...

Hi there Captain. I've considered a router table but a bit worried about ending up with raised and fielded fingers! Also the workshop space on board is diminishing rapidly as I build more boat.

Captain Ahab said...

You are wise not to try it on board where it rocks - mine is secured on dry land and even then seeing the 3" cutter spinning round is a scary sight. Its used very, very carefully.

Anonymous said...

Well done, looks great....IKEA are trembling in their boots!