project #2

Cabinet

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In this quick video, I will brief you on the project ahead so that you know what to expect and can get the most from this course.

Matt Estlea

Project Overview

You will learn:

- What you need to begin this project

- How the course is structured

- What processes you will learn

- How to use the resources available

These resources are available to help you prepare for the course and get through the course. All you need to do is sign up to the course via the button below.

Matt Estlea

Free Resources

You will get:

- Tool recommendations for this project

- A checklist of required tools

- A process checklist

- Regular updates on the course

In this video, I will show you how to edge joint the side panels for the cabinet using a different method to what we covered in the dovetail box project.

Matt Estlea

1. Edge Jointing Panels

You will learn:

- A new edge jointing technique

- How to create a spring joint

- How to diagnose and fix problems

- How to create an invisible joint

In this part, I will show you how to cut the rebate to accept the back panel. We'll be covering a number of techniques to ensure you get the most from this lesson.

Matt Estlea

2. Planing The Back Rebate

You will learn:

- How to layout the rebate

- How to use a rebate plane

- How to use a shoulder plane

- How to refine the rebate

In this lesson, I show you how to layout the lapped dovetails for the carcass joinery. This is a slightly different layout to a traditional dovetail and isn't something to miss!

Matt Estlea

3. Laying out Lapped Dovetails

You will learn:

- How to layout the joint

- Where to set the marking gauge

- Invisible Baselines

- How to avoid common mistakes

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the tails for the carcass joinery. This lesson includes both the sawing, chiselling, and refining all in one.

Matt Estlea

4. Cutting The Tails

You will learn:

- How to saw to a line

- How to chisel to a baseline

- How to refine the shoulders

- How to fix common errors

In this lesson, I show you how to chisel the sockets and assemble the lapped dovetail. This step requires lots of patience and care in order to get right.

Matt Estlea

5. Cutting The Pins

You will learn:

- How to quickly remove waste

- How to chisel to a line

- How to refine baselines

- How to fix common mistakes

In this lesson, I show you how to make and fit the drawer runners at the base of the carcass. This is a fiddly task that introduces new skills to your arsenal.

Matt Estlea

6. Making the Drawer Runners

You will learn:

- How to layout the groove

- How to setup a plough plane

- How to layout tiny tenons

- How to fit tiny tenons

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut the groove / dado within the inside of the cabinet carcass. Many techniques will be covered in this lesson.

Matt Estlea

7. Cutting Groove / Dado

You will learn:

- How to layout the groove / dado

- How to remove the bulk of the material

- How to refine the joint

- How to maximise accuracy

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the tongue that is due to fit within the groove. To avoid a very unstable and wobbly shelf, it's important to get a good fit here!

Matt Estlea

8. Cutting Tounge

You will learn:

- How to layout the tongue

- How to cut the shoulders

- How to cut the notch

- How to diagnose problems

Before assembling the carcass, it's important to pre-sand the faces and edges within the carcass. This makes it fair easier to gain access to the faces due to be sanded.

Matt Estlea

9. Pre-Sanding

You will learn:

- Why you need to pre-sand

- What grits to use

- How to pre-sand faces

- How and why to pre-sand edges

In this lesson, I show you how to glue the carcass to ensure it's square. Because getting this step wrong will cause you a whole host of problems later down the line!

Matt Estlea

10. Gluing the Carcass

You will learn:

- How and why to dry fit the carcass

- What glue to use

- How to ensure a square glue-up

- How to clean / avoid squeeze out

In this lesson, I show you how to plane the carcass flush after gluing. This will ensure tight fits with all the components due to be attached to this carcass.

Matt Estlea

11. Flushing the Carcass

You will learn:

- How and why to use a plane

- Why to avoid using sandpaper

- How to get edges and faces flat

- How to avoid breakout

In this lesson, I show you how to attach the back panel. This will ensure the carcass stays rigid while we fit the door and drawer in later stages.

Matt Estlea

12. Attaching the Back Panel

You will learn:

- What material to use

- How to prepare the material

- How to attach the back

- How to achieve a professional look

In this lesson, we begin working on the door. I will show to how to size the components for a tight fit and prepare them to accept a panel.

Matt Estlea

13. Sizing Door Components

You will learn:

- Cutting and Sizing Material

- How to layout and cut a groove

- How to avoid breakout

- How to achieve a tight, accurate fit.

In this lesson, I show you how to cut the mortices for the frame and panel door. We are working on thin components here so attentional to detail is key.

Matt Estlea

14. Cutting Mortices

You will learn:

- How to layout the mortices

- How to cut the mortices

- How to refine the mortices

- How to diagnose and prevent problems

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut the tenons for the frame and panel doors. By the end of the lesson, you will have a dry fitted door frame.

Matt Estlea

15. Cutting Tenons

You will learn:

- How to layout the tenons

- How to saw the tenons

- How to chisel the tenons

- How to refine and fit the tenons.

Now that the frame is complete, it's now time to fit a door panel. In this lesson I will discuss materials to be used and the  different options available to you.

Matt Estlea

16. Sizing Door Panel

You will learn:

- What materials to use

- Different variations of the door panel

- How to size the door panel

- How to refine and check the fit.

In this lesson, I will show you how to glue the door to ensure there are no visible gaps and is perfectly square after assembly. Because fitting a skewed door is painful!

Matt Estlea

17. Gluing Door

You will learn:

- How to dry fit the door

- What glue to use

- How to avoid mess

- How to ensure a square assembly

In this lesson, I show you how to accurately hinge the door within the carcass. This is a very valuable skill to have and there is lots of supporting resources available here.

Matt Estlea

18. Hinging Door

You will learn:

- How to tune hinges

- How to layout hinge recesses

- How to cut hinge recesses

- How to avoid mix-ups

Next, we are moving onto the drawer components. In this lesson, I will show you how to accurately size the components for a piston fit drawer.

Matt Estlea

19. Sizing Drawer Components

You will learn:

- How to size the drawer front

- How to choose the depth of the drawer

- How to cut the groove for the bottom

- How to achieve maximum accuracy

In this video, we re-visit lapped dovetails and get the joinery cut for the front of the drawer. I will be detailing layout, cutting and fitting all in one video.

Matt Estlea

20. Cutting Lapped Dovetails

You will learn:

- How to layout the lapped dovetails

- How to saw the lapped dovetails

- How to chisel the lapped dovetails

- How to refine and fit the lapped dovetails

In this lesson, I show you how to layout and cut a very odd set of dovetails that are commonly used on the back of traditionally constructed drawers.

Matt Estlea

21. Drawer Back Dovetails

You will learn:

- How to layout the dovetails

- How to saw the dovetails

- How to chisel the dovetails

- How to refine and fit the dovetails

In this video, we cover the topic of pre-sanding again. By the end of the lesson, you will have all the faces and edges prepared and ready for glue-up.

Matt Estlea

22. Pre-Sanding Drawer

You will learn:

- Why to pre-sand the drawer

- What grits to use

- How to pre-sand faces

- How to pre-sand edges

In this video, I show you how to glue up the drawer to ensure all gaps have been closed and more importantly, it's perfectly square.

Matt Estlea

23. Gluing Drawer

You will learn:

- How to dry fit the drawer

- How to glue a traditional drawer

- How to ensure accuracy

- How to tweak clamps for squareness

How that the drawer has been glued, it's time to fit it within the carcass. In this video, I show you how to achieve the highly sought after piston fit finish.

Matt Estlea

24. Fitting Drawer

You will learn:

- How to plane joints flush

- How to avoid breakout

- How to remove material accurately

- How to achieve a piston fit drawer

In this lesson, I show you how to make and attach the drawer stops that prevent the drawer from disappearing into the carcass and getting stuck.

Matt Estlea

25. Drawer Stops

You will learn:

- How to layout the drawer stop

- How to cut and shape the drawer stop

- How to attach the drawer stop

- How to re-position the drawer stop

Now that the main components of the carcass are complete, it's time to add the final touches. In this lesson, we begin by constructing the top plinth.

Matt Estlea

26. Making Top Plinth

You will learn:

- How to edge joint components

- How to glue edge joints

- How to flatten a face

- How to cut a mitred profile

The bottom plinth is slightly different to the top plinth in that it's made of lipped man-made board. This allows you to put your mitring skills into practice again!

Matt Estlea

27. Making Bottom Plinth

You will learn:

- How to size man-made boards

- How to accurately layout mitres

- How to cut mitres

- How to lip a man-made board

In this lesson, I shoe you how to accurately sand the box to ensure no detail is lost and it remains crisp. Yet also achieve a finish that is soft and tactile to touch.

Matt Estlea

28. Sanding

You will learn:

- How to avoid losing detail

- How to retain crispness

- What grits to use

- How to remove sharp edges

In this lesson, I show you my process when it comes to finishing the cabinet carcass and the traditionally fitted door and drawer. Can you guess what finish I intent to use?

Matt Estlea

29. Finishing

You will learn:

- How to prepare for applying finish

- How to apply the first coat

- How to cut back between coats

- How to achieve a flawless finish.

Now that the cabinet is completed, lets reflect back on all the different processes we carried out and the skills you have picked up along the way.

Matt Estlea

30. Summary

You will see:

- What skills you learnt

- What you can move onto next

- Other viewers projects

- The finished cabinet.

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