Building a Sideboard Part 4: Laying out and Rough Cutting the Components | Hand Tool Woodworking

  • Published on Aug 13, 2018
  • Now we are going to see some progress! Today I lay out and start cutting the main components of the sideboard. Basically, I take a straight edge and some measuring tools and lay out the various pieces I need, but before I can do that, I use my scrub plane to reveal the grain of each board.
    I do this so I can plan accordingly. For example, I don't want pieces with seriously gnarly knots for structural components. I DO want straight grain for the doors and the main dividing rails (the long horizontal ones), so I need to take a look at what I have, and plan it all out.
    To do this, I make a detailed cut list of every piece I will need and its final dimensions, including joinery, etc.
    Then, as I lay it all out, I leave about 1/4" extra of width for each piece, and another 1/2"-1" length.
    Where possible, I try to make pieces in sequence, like the door rails, I took from a single, long piece and cut it apart into separate ones. More on that in another video, though.
    If you want to know more about classes of saw cuts, here:

    If you'd like to stay up to date on the real-time progress for the sideboard, check my instagram account, below. There, you'll see that I'm actually moving along at quite the pace, considering I'm not using any electricity except for lighting and heat (ha!) and since I've got a family and a full-time job!
    I really do hope you have enjoyed this video. Please feel free to check out my other social profiles.
    Instagram: thehandtoolery
    Facebook: TheHandToolery
    My Etsy Shop:
  • Howto & StyleHowto & Style

Comments • 20

  • The HandToolery
    The HandToolery  Year ago

    Who made it all the way through?? What's the most hand sawing you've ever done?

  • Ray Roberts
    Ray Roberts Year ago +2

    Try finding a #6 foreplane (or a 5 1/2) to do all that pre-work... it's heavier and it's greater mass helps push through the rough wood. It would be a lot easier than using that light plane you have now.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Love my #6, but I didn’t really want to do too much planing on these boards. However, when I went about dimensioning them, I used my 6 a ton! Thanks!!

  • Hermanuel Artes
    Hermanuel Artes Year ago +1

    Have you ever thought in another person in order to help you? It´s a hard job for just one.

    • Hermanuel Artes
      Hermanuel Artes Year ago +1

      jaja! Bueno. No faltarán idiomas para quitar dudas, sin embargo tu trabajo habla por si solo.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Gracias por ir a ver el otro canal--sí es de enseñanza de la lengua, pues quiero ofrecer otro recurso didáctico a mis estudiantes. Mi sospecha es que, por no ser hablantes nativos y como les cuesta trabajo leer textos en español (especialmente los textos más antiguos), quisiera que tuvieran acceso a la misma información confiable que les doy en clase, aunque no están en clase. En realidad, simplemente te lo mencioné de paso, ¡que el contenido es tan diferente! Si quieres practicar el portugués, está bien: aprendí la lengua para poder hablar con mis suegros y pedir su permiso para casar con su hija jaja :)

    • Hermanuel Artes
      Hermanuel Artes Year ago +1

      Gracias! Si tu mujer es brasileña, como ya has dicho, creo que lograremos una cita en portugués. Voy a visitar tu canal en español, pero creo que el contenido trata de la enseñanza de la lengua, me gusta más el trabajo com el arte y artesanía.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Thanks, man! I really appreciate your kind words! Also, don't worry about the English--if you ever have any questions, please let me know. I'm sure I can help explain, as I'm rather comfortable in Spanish, even if I don't have the technical vocabulary in Spanish. (Actually I have an educational channel in Spanish for my students to reference! Se llama "ELEmentes"). Un saludo!

    • Hermanuel Artes
      Hermanuel Artes Year ago +1

      We've noticed that you´ve made it carefully, as well as it must be a pleasure for you to do it and to share it with your followers. I 'm not able to understand english completely, but I've noticed how you've described your work and your experience with details and dedication.

  • Twisted Woodshop
    Twisted Woodshop Year ago +1

    That's a work out! Cant wait to see it come together

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago +1

      It sure was. I did it across more than one day. But I did put in a few hours all at once to just finish it off. It’s so worth it though. The progress is exciting

  • Make Brooklyn
    Make Brooklyn Year ago +2

    That was a lot of lumber to process! Well done. I don't envy the re-sawing job. It's very satisfying when its done but it's not a lot of fun getting there ;)

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Thanks man! Yeah I’m both looking forward to it (for progress’ sake) and not. My arms is tired just thinking about it!

  • Mohd Idris
    Mohd Idris Year ago +1

    Tg u for sharing your exparty..***

  • HeavyOpera1
    HeavyOpera1 Year ago +3

    Wow. A lot of work. Well done. I actually enjoy re-sawing... I try to keep in mind Roy Underhill’s advice to keep your mind free of impure thoughts while you’re sawing.... ha ha. Am enjoying the videos.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Haha! Love that episode. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm really feeling great about the progress, especially now that this phase is over... oh, and the next phase of dimensioning everything. Dude, that one was tedious--and that's the next video!

  • Brian Schnurr
    Brian Schnurr Year ago +1

    first? :-)