dry fit went well.  

 I should’ve kept track of the time I’ve spent on this but it seems like very little.

Feels like my time at the bench is getting a lot more efficient. Things are getting done with way more confidence and I feel good about it. I think this tool cabinet is going to step up my game a few notches. Having a home for each and every tool should lead to an instinctive approach to my work. I spend way too much time looking for tools. I’m excited with my progress so far.  

 Should be able to get most of my tools in here. 

Anyone have a good suggestion for stopped rebates using hand tools? I’m off to continue with a smile on my face

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    1. Nice and cool, can’t wait for your finished product.

      Anyways, do you use a planer machine to plane (square) your planks?

      I ask because I hate to say that I kinda sucks at joining 2 or more pieces of planks/wood together and it usually takes me a long time to get a seemless joint (i.e my workbench legs).

      Most of my woods are raw cut un-planed (sometime a little warped) and its a pain to square them by hand plane (sometimes I use a sander machine to square my woods for time saving).

      What about you?

      Sam :))

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      1. I do everything by hand. I have a planer but it’s so bulky and there’s not much room for it. If all I had to use was rough sawn wood I might reconsider. I think one of my favourite part of this hobby is forcing myself to learn the skills required to get everything done with hand tools. It’s so peaceful without the sound of screaming motors.

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  1. I see nothing wrong doing it by hand and have done it that way using a #5 set up as a scrub followed by a #4. I also have a #7 and #8 but I don’t use them very often. I think they are great for wider planks that will not fit in a planer.

    I see it as good practice but I also do not have unlimited time so I do have a surface planer. I am limited for space as well so there is no jointer, cabinet saw, etc. I mainly use my bandsaw and surface planer as far as power tools.

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    1. I would definitely use power tools more often if I had the space. If I ever decide to open up the wall or move and get a garage I think my first tool purchase would then be a dust collector. Sure would speed things up to make use of my table saw and planer.

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      1. I bought a festool vac and sander years ago since my only shop was in a tiny attic. I still use it with my bosch contractor saw but it is not the greatest substitute as the bags get pricey. I hear it on the noise. I use ear muffs.

        I will say with the handplanes I can do stuff that was never possible on the power tools and the accuracy is way better.

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  2. Looking good. Like the through-tenons.

    as for stopped dadoes using hand tools:
    I asked the same question of a more experienced woodworker only a month or two ago. He said the best way to manage a stopped dado by hand is not to do them (at all). The second best way is to use a forstner bit chucked in your hand-brace to set the foreward limit of the dado. (I’m guessing you are sawing the walls of the dado with a hand-saw, from the back edge of the carcase). the walls of the cavity formed by the forstner bit act as a physical stop to prevent you from blowing through the front edge of the cabinet. use a steady hand or a piece of wood to guide the saw for the walls.

    I have seen some antique dado planes (basically a wooden shoulder plane with side-knickers added) at the local flea market, but none appeared salvageable.

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  3. Wonderful project. Time in the shop is its own reward, I try to never count the time spent on a project. As for the stopped rebate (I’ll go with your spelling 🙂 I have small shoulder plane from which the nose can be removed so that it becomes a chisel plane. It’s a very handy little tool and it works well for cleaning up stopped dados and rabbits.


  4. Hi, The only advise i can provide you with regards the stopped rebate as you seem to prefer hand tools probably due to limited space is this. There a rebate plane that would do most of the job if not all, they are usually metal planes like the smoothing plane or jack plane, if you don’t have one then it may be worth while taking a look around to see if you can find one. I would include a pic of one but if you google “rebate planes” you should find one without a problem. Screwfix apparently have them but they cost about £90.00, though unless your in England that may not be much help.

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