Tapered Panel

IS THE BOOKCASE TOO BIG FOR YOUR ROOM If you don't have space for all three cabinets, consider making just one. Here are a couple of options 1. Make the center cabinet only. Doors can be left off for a full-height bookcase. Make all the shelves adjustable and you'll have room for lots of books and collectibles. 2. Make a side cabinet -only. If you need a tall, narrow bookcase, this is the way to go. To use the side cabinet alone, make both side panels tapered and extend the applied top for an...

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Sometimes with big cabinets, or if you don't have enough clamps, there may be gaps between the frame and the case.Want a cool fix Try a flush-trim bit with aV cutter see Sources, page 86 . Line up the point of the V with the seam, flush trim the frame, and theV groove left behind disguises any gaps. The techniques in this story can easily be adapted to make many other projects besides classic kitchen cabinets. Here are three examples Add another top, cut curves in the sides and the face-frame...

Floor

A rubber floor mat kills two birds with one stone. It helps prevent user fatigue and it levels slight imperfections in your shop floor. A gap as thin as a piece of paper under a leg of your lathe will magnify vibration. Cut squares of floor mat material and slip them under each foot of the lathe. The mat material is stiff enough to take the weight but gives enough to even out small irregularities in your floor. Cost 14. Vibration is the turner's biggest enemy. Unless you own a big industrial...

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When possible, cut all the bottoms for multiple cabinets from the same sheet. That way when the dado is right for one piece, it's right for all of them. This will leave rabbet ears that can be trimmed off after the cabinet is assembled. Caution The blade guard must be removed for all of these dado blade cuts. Be careful. Cut the rabbets on the top ends of the case sides using a push block to hold the material down. Cut the rabbets on the top ends of the case...