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Now that all the plywood pieces have been cut, (and labeled), it's time
to start the processes needed to turn them into usable cabinet parts. Plywood has it good side and it's not so good
side, (kinda like people). While cutting the sheets, we keep an eye out for extra nice pieces, which we will use on
exposed areas. That generally is the end of a cabinet run, or a tall pantry cabinet. We keep track of these nice
pieces, via the labels, to ensure they end up where we want them.
Using Furniture Grade Plywood
For all the cabinets that are not on exposed, we'll use the better side facing the interior of
the cabinet. I will stack all the cabinet sides, tops, and bottoms, on a table next to the workbench. Then after
checking the label, I will rabit the back edge of every piece. I use a D handled router, equipped with a 3/8" rabit
bearing bit, and rabit the edge for the backs. This makes very quick work of it. I could use the table saw,
equipped with a dado blade, but I find that the router is more accurate. This is due to any slight warping in the
plywood, and the router, with a smaller base will follow the warp. The table saw with a hold down device, such as
the new Featherbow system, will prevent the plywood from lifting off the table, but
I find the router to be much quicker. Plus, the position on the table saw is not close to the bench where all
the other processes are done.
After the rabits are finished, we edge band any exposed edges. The workpiece is held to the edge of
the bench with the vacuum system, (see vacuum systems pg.
1), which quickens the process immensely, but any method of holding the piece in a position that
permits easy access the edge works just fine. After applying the edge banding, we trim the excess of, and then,
using a laminate trimmer, and a 1/16" radius bearing bit, we ease the edges. This prevents the edge banding to get
snagged and torn off.
We do have a small edge banding machine, but the guys in the shop prefer to use an iron designed
for edge banding, because it flows better with our setup. I've kept track of the time involved, and it is faster
overall, considering the radius work is being done at the same time.
Written by: Lee A. Jesberger © 2006 -
Inventor of: Ezee-Feed Systems ®
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