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Noob about to start my cabinet , questions
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:16:27 pm »
So I am about to start construction on my Cabinet and I have my pattern I a going to ready to put on the 3/4 inch finished plywood . My question is I cutout the pattern with a jigsaw leaving 1/4 to 1/8 of inch outside the lines and then finish off with a router to get it exactly on the measurements ?


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Re: Noob about to start my cabinet , questions
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 12:56:51 am »
Use a circular saw for the long cuts and a jigsaw to finish off the corners and edges. Remember the rounded edges on the corners (and more importantly, leave material for the inside corners to be rounded around the monitor!) for the t-molding.


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Re: Noob about to start my cabinet , questions
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2016, 08:37:29 pm »
Use a table saw or circular saw for your long cuts. Use the jig saw to cut out the side panel 100%. Sand the edges to round off any rough cuts wit the jigsaw.  Us the router with a tracing bit to cut the second side to the cabinet, they will match perfectly. If you aren't going for 100% authenticity, I would worry more about a smooth line then staying firm to the line. If you need some printable templates and cabinet measurements, you can download them here.....



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Re: Noob about to start my cabinet , questions
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 09:57:23 pm »

1. Mark out your pattern on first side of cabinet.
2. Cut the straight segments using a circular saw with a straight edge guide (best) or a jigsaw.
3. Use the jigsaw to complete the curved or radius areas.
4. Sand the edges until you are happy and things are smooth.
5. Use the first side to mark out the second side as a template.
6. Cut out the second side staying slightly outside the lines (jigsaw is fine here).
7. Attach the two sides together using clamps or screws. Use a "pattern flush trim bit" with a router the flush the second side to the first side and make them identical. A flush trim bit is just a straight or spiral router bit with a bearing that is exactly the same diameter as the cutter, allowing you to use another piece as a template.
8. Separate the two sides and move on to the rest of the cabinet. Rinse and repeat for duplicate parts.


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