Okay, so I'm a novice woodworker with big ambitions. I've made a bunch
of cutting boards, and that about covers it, though I've done lots of
A few months ago, we had central air and heat installed, finally, and
had our wall furnaces removed. This left two holes in the walls, one 5
ft tall and 14 inches wide, the other 4 1/2 feet tall and 14 inches
wide. I was tempted to seal them up with drywall, but, given that we
have very little storage in our house, the decision was made to
convert the spaces into a medicine-type cabinet and a wine rack.
Problem - a 16 inch wide by 4 1/2 foot tall door.
Solution - while perusing lumber at Lowe's (please, I know there are
better places, I was just in the moment, okay?) I saw 1/4 inch solid
oak, 6 inches wide, by 4 feet long. hey, I bet I could glue two of
those up to make a nice panel, eh?
My confidence waned once I got home. Having no joiner, I have to do
this by hand, or haul the things down to the local college wood shop,
which can be worse, considering the abuse the joiner there sometimes
suffers. ("Kids, remember, you can't put in used lumer, especially
when it still has nails in it!" "But it's a big machine, surely the
cutters can handle a little nail!!" Yikes.)
So, I've amassed a few planes over the last year - a couple of dirty
#7's that I haven't cleaned up yet, a number 6 that I have cleaned,
and a few others. I had done a half-assed sharpening job on the #6, so
I figured, what the hay, I might as well try joining these panels with
Set the wood up in my Shopmate, line it up, take a few shots at it,
put them together, try it again, a little more aggresively, put them
together - ohmigod, it works!! It worked! A dummy like me CAN join
panels with hand tools!!!
So, I just had to share the moment with some people who would truly