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Old 06-06-2010, 03:12 AM
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Default Island Electrical

Ken,

A few suggestions...

Make sure you plan to have at least one electrical outlet on your island, it is code where I live, (BC, Canada). But even if it isn't code where you live I strongly suggest it; small appliance cords (blenders, mixers, etc.) strung across from the wall counter to the island are inconvenient and also dangerous.

You might want to re-think the height of the microwave unless it is going to be a drawer style micro...I wired an outlet into my pantry and put the toaster oven and microwave on a shelf in the pantry out of sight, we don't use them very often and they are kind of an eyesore.

Good luck,

Ripper
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:10 PM
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Default Step 1: 28" Base Cabinet

Today we will go over building a 28 base cabinet using the smart table.
Proper material support is very important. Safety is greatly increased when you do not have to worry about the cutoff falling or trying to hold it while making a cut. The final results are also better to. There will be a clean cut all the way through without the end breaking off, splintering the material. You can see in the pictures that the Smart Table fully supports a sheet of plywood while also collapsing to 2 X 4 for easy transportation.

The first thing we need to do is come up with a cut list. I would alter the cut list if one of the sides was going to be an end of run cabinet. The visible side would be made the full depth of the cabinet or some wood could be glued around the edges simulating a frame and panel end.

The cabinet is just a hair short of standard. This will work with the dishwasher we are getting and every little bit will make it easier for my wife who is 5 tall. That is also the reason for the undermount sink. They are also not quite as deep because the counter top will finish at 24, two 12 granite tiles.

2X Sides 29 H X 21 D
Bottom 21 D X 26 W
Back 29 H x 28W

If you are making your own cabinets do not use the sizes listed above they are non-standard for a special application.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:13 PM
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Default Step 2 Ripping To Clean An Edge

Rip a clean edge on a 4 X 8 sheet. I used a single long rail, I think it was 114 but two joined rails will work just as well. I prefer to have enough rails to dedicate one for each purpose so that I do not have to waste time changing setups. It is a luxury and if you are only an occasional woodworker or on a tight budget then joined rails is the way to go. As you can see I am using a Freud Diablo 40 tooth blade.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:15 PM
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Default Step 3 Ripping To Width

Mark the 4 X 8 sheet 21 at each end. The two sides and the bottom will be cut from this rip.

Lay the guide rail on the marks and set the repeaters so that the head of the bolt on the flip stop is touching the edge of the plywood. These are set to the blade thickness and are very handy when using the repeaters on the right side of the rail.

Next move the flip stops so that the heads of the bolts are out of the way and slide the rail until the flip stops hit the plywood.
Make the cut.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:21 PM
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Default Step 4: Sides

The crosscuts will be made with a 64 rail and the Cabinet Maker (EZ Square + one Repeater). Before starting any projects make sure your square is square.

Next we need to true up the edge before crosscutting. Squaring off of the long edge that we just cut take just enough off the short end to clean it up.

Once you have a clean edge set up the repeater to 29 following the previously described procedure to account for blade thickness. The main difference is that the cabinet maker uses only one repeater. The square does away with the need of a second repeater on the other end. It also makes for a very fast, safe, and accurate way to cut wood.

Cut two side panels.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:22 PM
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Default Step 4: Continued

More pics for step 4
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:25 PM
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Default Step 5: Bottom

Crosscut the bottom out of the same piece of plywood that we ripped for the sides. Measure 26 , account for blade thickness and make the cut.

So far we have loaded a heavy sheet and made 3 parts without ever handling it.

What a great back saver!
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:30 PM
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Default Step 6: Back

The leftover wood on the table will be used for another cabinet. It could be cut up now to save on material handling but I will put it aside and load a fresh sheet so that the cabinet back can be cut.

Here is a different technique for squaring a panel using only the square and a 64 rail.

Make a cut on a 4 end so that we have a nice clean edge to start with. If you do not have a clean edge the square will not sit true and the cut will be off, how much depends on how bad the edge of the plywood is.

The back will be 29 H so I will make a square cut just a little longer, about 32. Then just snap off the thin strip.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:34 PM
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Default Step 6: Continued

Crosscut the plywood at 29 .

Then measure over 28 and cut the back to length.

What we just did here is go all the way around a panel with the square. If there was any inaccuracy it would be multiplied, to see how it turned out look at the measurements, perfect!
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:35 PM
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Default Step 6: Continued

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