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New Tool Cabinet: Making the Web Frames

Does this ever happen to you? You have some down time coming up and a vague plan begins to form in your mind that some woodworking could happen?

I do this every time a holiday comes along. This was true recently when I contemplated the days leading up to Christmas. For me, work slows down at this time. I sell killer carpets and rugs but when the Christmas tree goes up, new orders for flooring declines. Who wants their house disturbed after all the decorations are in place? And so, my day job becomes less hetic; I travel less, meaning that I am home more (where my workshop is).

But, whenever I think this way, more woodworking almost never happens. It is like this thinking actually puts bad karma on my goal to get some woodworking done. I jinx it. Plus, Christmas time is full of extra events: shopping, parties, family time, a colonoscopy. It was not until after Christmas that I got some meaningful shop time.

I had planned for the tool cabinet build process to go like this: add the back and then begin work on the face frame. Getting ready for Christmas kept me away from my lumber store, so I decided to work on the web frames which could be fabricated from some birch plywood I had on hand (where did this name originate – web frame? I found this web page, but nothing more)

Since my last post on this project, I decided to increase the number of web frames from three to six. This had me using every bit of left over plywood and then creative use of some scrap plywood as well.

Web Frame 3 text

Biscuits work pretty well for this type of operation. Once I get the web frames properly located within the tool cabinet, I’ll lock them in place with plenty of screws. With all these fasteners added, I think the web frames will be rock solid.

Cutting biscuit slots in the stiles.

Cutting biscuit slots in the stiles.

First web frame prior to glue-up.

First web frame prior to glue-up.

First web frame completed; second one in clamps. All the other web frame parts in the back ground.

First web frame completed; second one in clamps. All the other web frame parts in the back ground.

Four completed web frames on my router table; two still in clamps.

Four completed web frames on my router table; two still in clamps.

This was a lot of work. My goal was to have the six web frames completed by the end of the day today and I made that deadline; but not without some careful planning. Like “If I can get a pair of web frames glued up before church, they will be dry by mid-afternoon and I can get another two in clamps.” It was like that yesterday as well.

I have to say that my miter saw stand (see it here) has seen a lot of action with this project. Building the stand was one of the best things I have done to improve my shop work flow.

So, things are progressing nicely. I’ll buy material for the back this week as well as lumber for the face frame. That will keep my busy through the coming weekend.

ON A VERY SERIOUS NOTE: I mentioned that I had a colonoscopy recently. I got the results back from the doctor yesterday: one polyp removed; it was pre-cancerous, meaning no cancer which is great news. But, had I left it alone, it would have become cancerous; guaranteed to happen. This was at least my fifth colonoscopy and each time the process becomes easier. If you are at the age where a colonoscopy is advised, don’t play around with it. Have a colonoscopy performed and at least know what is going on inside you.

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  1. Looking good. I’m glad I’m not the only one who plans every free minute around woodworking. I get the stink eye for it a lot too. LOL

    Getting a colonoscopy has become a fact of life. Not a lot of fun, but way better than cancer. Agree, if it’s time, just get it over with. Don’t wait. Glad to hear that your doing fine.

    • One reason I am trying to find more time for this tool cabinet is because my next project will be a second workbench. Can’t wait to start on it. 🙂

  2. Chuck says

    I’m happy for your catching the polyp.

    I have had many colonoscopies. The first one was because of severe gut pain. That first one revealed that I had diverticulitis. As you may know, diverticula are weak places that form the opposite of a polyp. They extend outward from the colon, and they can get infected and lead to sepsis if they break open. That was many years ago, and the infection was cleared up easily with antibiotics. (Not sure how much longer we can depend on the antibiotics to save our lives though.)

    The last colonoscopy was very painful afterwards and sent me to the E/R for scans to find out why. No reason found. That was unusual, since it never happened before.

    Anyway, cancer is not the only reason to have one done. Diverticulosis (not infected) is something to monitor too. I’m the kind that wastes no time having anything unusual checked out.

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Great project and I do that kind of planning sometimes too. Good news on your colonoscopy. I’ve had four. First time I had polyps, but nothing since. As you stay, I do stay on track with that schedule just in case.

  4. Glad to hear the good news on the colonoscopy. In watching your pics, I like the “assembly table” style. Have I missed something or did you post anything on the “two column” approach to the assembly supports?

    • Patrick – hey, I use what I call a Josh Finn style workbench. I built it in 2011 and I was looking for something that would be easy to build and something I could afford. See the first post on this project at my old blog here:

      I do consider it mostly an assembly table. It has two box beams which rest on what are basically two sawhorses. My design was adapted from a bench featured in Fine Woodworking:

      It has worked well over the years. I can clamp things to the bench in a number of ways, but it does not have any kind of vise (which would be handy) and it is too light weight for serious hand planing. When working a plane, the bench can scoot across the floor.



  5. English is not my native language so I apologize for my mistakes.
    Carefully follow all publications and admire the quality of their work.
    I read the news of his colonoscopie and I thank God for the good news.
    I wish and I hope will always remain very good news.
    Please, I’m all publications with Sketchup and I learn to handle this tool thanks to his teachings, I am also learning more about their language thanks to his blog.
    Thank you very much for the efforts you.
    I wish you and your family a very happy 2016.
    Forward with Sketchup, is very important for novice like me.
    My best wishes.

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