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Offline memilanuk

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Building cabinets without TS
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:47 PM »
Hello there,

I'm curious if there are any recommended sources - books, videos (YT or other), etc. - on building kitchen style cabinets without using a table saw?

FWIW, I have found a number of promising threads here on the forum and have them queued up for reading.  So I know it's "possible".  I do have a mid-level TS (Ridgid 4512), as well as a Festool TS55, along with the other usual shop tools (BS, jointer, planer, router, etc. etc. etc.) so I'm not married to any one way or another. 

Given the amount of sheet good work involved, I do find myself interested in doing as much as possible with the track saw up front, and less with the table saw (other than maybe face frame work).  I'd like to 'see' or 'watch' someone else's process if I could, before I go reinventing the wheel - or more likely, just making life harder for myself than it really needs to be.

Thanks,

Monte

PS I do have a TSO guide rail square, and Seneca parallel guides for the TS55, FWIW.
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Offline greg mann

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2020, 06:00 PM »
It would be even easier to build frameless cabinets and do away with the face frames altogether.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

Offline memilanuk

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 06:10 PM »
I'm planning to 'practice' by doing some cabinets in the garage, and in the shop, for my reloading area.  Probably going to experiment with frameless cabinets there, with frame-n-panel doors, and see if I (or the wife) like the look.  Currently she is firmly against the whole frameless/Euro cabinet notion for the house, but I think some of that may be rooted in certain impressions i.e. the more 'sterile' / modern look of solid slab plywood or melamine doors associated with commercial/institutional designs.

Offline pixelated

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 06:24 PM »
Festool has a very good video series on building cabinets. It showcases their stuff, of course. But the methods are adaptable. No table saws involved. There are a number of other YouTube videos, for books, Taunton press has some good ones.



Offline memilanuk

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 06:34 PM »
Festool has a very good video series on building cabinets.

I think I've watched some of that series... probably need to watch it again... several times ;)

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There are a number of other YouTube videos,

Actually... my initial searching came across surprisingly few that were labeled or tagged as being specific to track saws.  Maybe I need some better search terms?

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for books, Taunton press has some good ones.

I've got a couple of the 'general' ones from Greg Paolini and Bob Lang... really liking the latter... but again, I was kind of looking for something more specific.  Might be a little too specific.  I'd imagine that cutting the parts is cutting the parts, whether with a table saw or otherwise.  Figured I'd ask.

Offline rst

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 07:52 PM »
The Poplar Shop on Youtube has great info.

Offline memilanuk

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2020, 08:42 PM »
The Poplar Shop on Youtube has great info.

Sweet.  I'd seen some portion of his LR32 series (a while back), but hadn't realized he also had a play list on a kitchen cabinet build.  Awesome!

Offline greg mann

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Re: Building cabinets without TS
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2020, 09:15 PM »
You can still do frame and panel doors with frameless, although that gets you back into narrower stock challenges where a table saw is the traditional go to tool.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan