Once the glue had cured on the panels for our shelf unit, it didn’t take too long to dress them true. While the #4 was fine for the actual shelves, the sides definitely require the #7 jointer plane.
And now we’re going to take a brief tangent from the overall build. To size everything to the correct dimension, I prefer to use a gauge rather than a pencil. The only problem was that in this case I had a panel that needed to be over a foot wide, and my gauges maxed out at rather less than 6″. What I needed for this particular application was something called a panel gauge.
While it’s a lovely tool, it clashes with my cheapness. So I decided to make a quick and dirty (and cheap!) version. I rummaged in my scrap bin and dug out a couple of pieces of pine. One of them I cut a housing dado in to be the stock.
Then, I fit a piece of stiff yellow pine in it to be the beam. I don’t really know how long that piece is, just that it’s long enough.
Once the glue cured, I bored and countersunk holes for the cutting pin (a screw) at the appropriate distance.
You can see that the pin protrudes just a bit from the stock, deep enough to score the fibers, but no more. You can see that I’ve marked what measurement that particular hole is because I can then bore multiple holes if I need different size panels. Indeed, on this project the sides and top are ½” wider than the shelves, to accommodate the back panel.
Finally, I cut off the excess and cleaned up the edges with the jointer, and now the shelf is ready to be joined, a process we’ll start next time.