The First Cut – DIY Pantry Cabinet Part 2
Our DIY Pantry Cabinet is underway as I made the first cut last weekend. I tried using my Delta table saw alone but it was not going well. The top of the saw lost its finish and the wood was sticking to it as I pushed it. I was concerned that the plywood would bind against the fence and I’d die from kickback. So I stopped using the table saw and set up to cut with my Black & Decker Wood Hawk circular saw. I installed a DeWalt 6 1/2″ 40-tooth blade. And I set up the Quinn 100-inch edge I purchased from Harbor Freight as an edge guide set back 1 5/8 inch from the center of the plywood.
I literally smoked this sheet of plywood. As I was cutting I witnessed the plywood pinching the blade. This could be part of the reason the blade was burning the wood. I continued all the way through and soaked in burnt wood vapor. My goal was to rough cut while maximizing the width of the plywood sheet with the intention of ripping to a higher precision on the table saw.
Cutting on Table Saw
After the sheets were cut in half I rechecked the fence setting. I set up my Haul-Master Roller Stands from Harbor Freight for easy out-feed transition. Now that all was set up I turned on the table saw and began cutting the side down. I used my Milescraft GrabberPRO for the first time to give me better control. This really made handling the plywood easy. As mentioned, the finish on the table saw was gone and the plywood didn’t slide very well. I since got my can of SC Johnson Paste Wax to prepare the surface for future cuts.
DIY Pantry Cabinet Part 2 – Cutout for Toe Kick
The cabinet sides need to incorporate a toe kick so I cut out a section that is 5 1/4 inch tall by 4 3/8 inch deep using my circular saw and edge guides. Then I used a reciprocating saw blade held by hand and trimmed the remaining bit that the circular saw couldn’t cut. The front facing plywood edge will be covered with edge banding.
Check back here for our next article, which will focus on cutting the shelves, the cabinet back and the bottom shelf supports and toe kick.
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