Cutting the Cabinet Carcass (in Relative Terms)
|The Bastard Tool Cabinet.|
I began with the back. I marked the height by using a story stick to reference the height of the existing sliding storage cabinet. I then subtracted two 3/4" Baltic birch scraps from the story stick measurement (for the top & bottom) and voilà, I had the exact height of the back. As there were no parts to match the width to yet, I just set the table saw fence to 29" and cut away.
|Measuring the back.|
|One of the Bottom/Top pieces, marked & ready for cutting.|
|Close, but not perfect.|
It was at this point that I realized that I may have been overly optimistic when I said that the sides were done last week. I had made the mistake of cutting them 3 7/8" too narrow (the wide of the bottom & top, not the full cabinet). After a few moment of pouting, I pulled out another piece of Baltic birch and set about making new, properly sized sides. As there were other carcass pieces ready at this point, I again used relative dimensioning. I began with the freshly cut bottom piece. To that I added a 3" strip which will serve as the pocket section of the doors (cut from an original side piece), a 3/4" scrap on edge to represent the door panel itself and a 1/8" keyway key to allow for an 1/8" gap between the between the inside face of the door pockets and the main carcass. After marking this reference line on the new side piece, I realized that I had oriented my pieces off the end, and not the back, of the side. Luckily I had not made a cut, so I re-stacked them with the correct orientation, set up the table saw and cut both side pieces.
|A Bottom/Top piece + a 3" strip for the door pocket + a 3/4" piece for the door back + 1/8" keyway key = the side width.|
|Ready for assembly.|
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