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Gluing Up a Toolbox Case
With the North Bennet Street Toolbox, lots of parts have to come together perfectly, so you may need an extra pair of hands to tackle this daunting glue-up.
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Grant Burger is a cabinet making student at the North Bennet Street School, ex cage-fighter, and a Marine Corp veteran. On top of all, Grant saved our tails many, many times in the week that we spent in Boston. Recently Grant received the Alden Artisan Advancement Scholarship from the New Hampshire Furniture Masters and will be showing a piece with them this year.
Check out his Instagram feed to follow his builds.
Videos in the Series
All About the North Bennet Street ToolboxJanuary 24, 2017
The History of the North Bennet Street ToolboxJanuary 24, 2017
Easy Way to Glue up PanelsJanuary 24, 2017
Dovetailed Toolbox Case Needs Careful LayoutJanuary 31, 2017
Hand-Cut Dovetails: Pins FirstFebruary 7, 2017
Hand-Cut Dovetails: Tails SecondFebruary 14, 2017
Finessing the Fit of Case DovetailsFebruary 14, 2017
Cutting Joinery for the Toolbox CaseFebruary 21, 2017
Gluing Up a Toolbox CaseFebruary 28, 2017
Making Dividers for the ToolboxMarch 7, 2017
How to Attach Dividers to the CaseMarch 14, 2017
How to Make Dovetailed Drawer Partitions: Dado FirstMarch 14, 2017
How to Make Dovetailed Drawer Partitions: Dovetail SecondMarch 14, 2017
Laying Out Dovetail Joinery for the DrawersMarch 21, 2017
Cutting Half-Blind Dovetails for DrawersMarch 28, 2017
How to Fit DrawersApril 4, 2017
Cutting Joinery for a Frame-and-Panel DoorApril 11, 2017
Make a Raised Panel for a DoorApril 11, 2017
How to Assemble a Raised-Panel DoorApril 11, 2017
How to Hang the Door and Add a LocksetApril 18, 2017
How to Make a Shiplapped Back PanelApril 25, 2017
Great tip on squaring case after clamping, Thanks
I think the best part of this series is the fact that you see Matt work in real time, no cut aways. Really enjoying watching the work being done. Excellent. It's the next best thing to actually being in a class.
Nice glue-up process. I do not recall if the pin reliefs that can be seen in the corner cauls were specifically mentioned, but they are, of course, important! Also, does anyone else cringe as those pins are being driven home? (I must have had some disastrous splits occur at that point...)
Why all the glue on the non-long grain surfaces? What purpose does it serve to try and glue the end grain? When I glue up dovetails I only concentrate on the long grain surfaces.
Great video. Only part I was confused on was when he adjusted the bottom clamps. At one point Matt says that they are doing the reverse in terms of which side goes up or down. But they adjust the clamps top and bottom in the same orientation. Matt's side goes up and Grant's side goes down. Unless I am missing something.
Either way, I like the real time vid.
Very well done methodical explanation of the process. Bravo.
I nominate this picture for best drama...
I was on the edge of my seat while watching the glue up in Episode 7, while Matt and Grant were cool as cucumbers methodically working through the process. Best advice for me is, if you can get an extra set of woodworking hands at this stage in the process, take it! Nice work, lads!! And many thanks, Mr. Grant, for your service to our country!
Great video series!! Do more like this!!!
Really great series, lots of good tips. During glue up, shouldn't you check the other end of the case also for square in case of twist?
Enjoying the series - but oh so impatient for the next installment :)
Thanks guys, really well done.
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