27 April 2010

Cabinet making - 3

This is part of a series of posts, inspired by the New Yankee Workshop (NYW) presentation Oak Bathroom Vanity - Program #106, about alternative cabinet design and tools use.

This week it is the NYW presents Kitchen Dresser - Program #204.  It is cabinet making,  but nothing complex here,  glued panels put together with dados, glue and brad nails. No need to redesign for missing tools or to avoid laborious techniques. To cut the curves a jigsaw is used and the predefined toolset can be used for all the operations unless I missed some details.

Back to the Oak Bathroom Vanity - Program #106.  I look at internal frame used to assemble the top.  If the bottom used a case frame the top uses a flat frame attached to a rabbet on the sides.  The frame is made with full length grooves and stub tenons.  As the frame is to thick for outgoing screws it is screwed from atop to the rabbet.  Part of the frame is cross grain to the panels,  what can be a problem.
If I look at the Ikea solution the frame is reduced to two spacers (the top is shown left) between the sides to keep them parallel and to be used to mount the top and the back. There goes the need for grooves and stub tenon.  The easiest way is to replace the dowels and hidden screws with pocket holes and maybe some gluing.

That's it, next time I look at the doors and the front frame of the #106 project project . As for the drawing sketch, it's handtools only,  no slick powertools like sketchup.