Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Angle Madness! - Final Stock Dimensioning (from Hell)

And the madness continues!

The last episode marked off the pieces for the shell of the diamond-shaped cabinet so all we have to do this time is crosscut and rip cut each piece appropriately.  As you'd suspect, the angles get in there and make a mess of things for this, too.  Fortunately, once we're done with the outer shell, the insides become more 'normal' with only a few minor changes due to the angles (at least that's what I keep telling myself!)

The cross-cut sled from the jigs episode gets used to death in this episode for doing the cross-cuts, naturally, but also for doing the rip cuts on those small pieces that have funky mitered angles on their ends.  It all can sound complicated, but really the process is pretty quick (uhm, sans cameras...) and easy.  Just requires some organization.  Along the way, I'll show you how to use previously-cut mock-up pieces to "square up" a piece for better reference (no mock-up? no problem, just cut some scrap with the triangle).

In the next episode, we'll use the Domino (surprise!) to join the boards then get started on the inner drawer webbing.  That webbing is very similar to what you'd do in a normal project with just a few projected boards being used to grab the angled shell as an anchor point.  So really, I think the hardest part is behind us after this episode... I hope!

Finally, last week someone asked for my contact email address since up until now, I've intentionally kept it off the site to avoid spam-bots.  I've since added it to my About Me page on the blog as an image to keep the spam-bots away.  I've been surprised that in a brief week, I've had a number of emails asking how to deal with angled projects!


  • ChrisHasFlair said...

    Inside, I am screaming. No, I will not be taking on such a project any time soon, but it's interesting to see someone else doing it.


  • Peter Durand said...

    Wow! I am going to have to look at this a few times. You almost have me convinced to get the angle adjuster. BTW, what is the micro adjuster you have attached to the rip fence?



  • HalfInchShy said...

    If it's any consolation, Chris, sometimes I'm screaming outside, but video editing helps :)

    Peter, the AngleMaster Pro (AMP) is fantastic for this project. As I described to a viewer on YouTube, you could do this project without it using trig, but it would greatly slow the process plus you'd have a more difficult time verifying and correcting the triangles shown in the previous episode (the process of verifying and correcting took perhaps 15 minutes without explanation).

    I am planning on a review of the AMPv2 separately from this series. Had planned on recording it this weekend or next (I'm working crazy amounts of overtime right now so we'll see :)

    That video should give you a better idea if it will be of use to you or not. I had this project in mind about a year before the AMPv2 was announced, but personal things got in the way (miss you, dad!) Once announced, I knew I would want it for this project.

    Anyhow, "watch this space" for that review!

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Not sure why I just now remembered your other question, Peter...

    The micro-adjuster (that I really appreciated for this project) is from General. Could fit most any fence.

    I blogged about it here

  • Peter Durand said...

    I think I screwed up my previous post because of "choose an identity" screw up. Please feel free to edit.

    Thanks for the info about the General micro-adjuster. I tried to get it through the local Canadian dealers, but no joy (don't ask!)

    So I phoned where you bought yours, Eagle Tools in LA and was very pleased with the results. I spoke to a Monsieur Raoul (sp?) and he was very knowledgeable about the product. He said that there were two models, one for Bies fences and another for SawStop fences. YES! I have a SawStop. Unfortunately he was out of stock for the moment but he could send me the "floor model" for a few bucks less if I so desired. Sold! And a few days later it was in my hands. Talk about great service.

    So for your fans that have a SawStop the number to look for is 50-080. Fits precisely, no modification needed. I was trying to insert a picture but couldn't. If you want, email me and I will be able to send you a pic.

    Oh, how do I send you my email addy without everyone seeing it?



  • HalfInchShy said...

    Ooh, I'd like to see the picture, Peter, especially if it was no-modification needed. Now that you mention there are two models, I think the box I had was for their floor model (was on a SawStop) while what was in the box was for the Bies. Crap... I should bug them about it... I opened mine when I got home from LA so a bit of a drive to replace.

    Glad it worked for you!

    If you want to email me, look at the About Me page; I have my address in there as an image to avoid spambots :)