Cabinet Teaches Smart Construction
Employing spacer blocks and setup pieces, the techniques Steve Latta uses in building this cabinet remove many of the pitfalls of case construction.
Synopsis: The techniques used in building this cabinet remove many of the pitfalls of case construction. Steve Latta’s methods employ spacer blocks and setup pieces to have you building faster and more efficiently. And by sizing parts to his cutters, he removes a lot of fuss from the fitting process. Here he demonstrates his methods for cutting symmetrical dovetails on a rabbeted case, using spacers to make dadoes easier, building from the outside in, and creating clean moldings without measuring.
When selecting projects for my woodworking students, I look for pieces that will challenge them, and this wall cabinet fits the bill nicely. Many of its lessons revolve around the case joinery and molding, so I’ll focus on those two aspects of this build.
My methods, using spacer blocks and setup pieces, and sizing parts to my cutters, take many of the pitfalls out of building while also…