Dimensioning Material

In this lesson, I will show you how to cut and shoot the material to size as well as share a foolproof method to marking out the components on your box.

This lessons objectives:

  • The importance of face sides and face edges
  • How to cut and shoot components
  • How to number components
  • How to avoid common assembly issues

I didn't want this to be a lesson that simply showed you how to cut a piece of wood to size. Fortunately, there are many overlooked processes at the very start of the build that can really separate your work from the rest. We're talking things such as grain orientation, adding face sides and face edges to ensure a stress free glue up, and how to work with out of square / parallel timber.

By the end of this lesson, you will have four pieces of timber cut to size, grain oriented beautifully, your glue up will already be planned, and you'll be ready to start laying out the dovetails!

We are going to be using a shooting board frequently in this project and upcoming projects, therefore it is essential you own one.

I have designed a ramped shooting board that allows you to use the entire width of the blade as opposed to the bottom half. This greatly increases the life of the blade between sharpening sessions and will give you a cleaner result.

You can purchase the plans for the shooting board here. Or alternatively watch the video of me making it here.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

How To Saw Correctly

Learn the fundamental techniques when it comes to hand sawing as well as learn some of the common mistakes beginners make when using a saw for fine joinery.

How To Make a Simple Shooting Board

If you don't have the resources to make a fully fledged shooting board, you can make a simple one with nothing more than 2 pieces of wood, a couple of clamps and a square!

How To Make a Ramped Shooting Board

For all the tool and workshop furniture nerds out there. This is an alternative take on the traditional shooting board design that allows use of a wider portion of the blade meaning less sharpening, and cleaner work.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Why cut the ends square before shooting them? 9:50

Cant see the line while cutting – 11:21

Body Positioning when Sawing – 12:13

Using the Bench Hook Effectively – 14:57

Using a Japanese Saw with a Bench Hook – 19:10

Thumb Positioning on Bench Hook – 21:55

Shooting the first side – 26:55

Combating Shooting Plane Deflection – 31:52

Rob Tips for Sawing – 36:32

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