Project Description

So…late on posting this. Cabinet was made in July 2018.

Folks from the Field House Preserve contacted me to make them a walnut dart cabinet. They have a wonderful hunting lodge, and wanted this cabinet on the wall to entertain hunting guests.

They had some walnut trees taken down on their hunting land, and it was kiln dried the lumber. The original plan was to just make walnut doors only, and do cherry or maple frames. But, they’d sent me enough lumber to actually make the entire thing out of solid, milled down, 5/4 beautiful walnut. The Laguna 16″ planer with it’s 6 rows of carbide helical cutters did seriously good work getting out the glue lines and minimizing snipe.

Joined one edge on each board, then glued together prior to planing

Some of the boards had cupped a little bit after going through the kiln, but thats why we invest serious $ into fancy equipment. One other point about that Laguna planer, as I did work on this walnut dart cabinet, the dust port/collection area on the planer works great for the most part. I think it could have come with a rubber gasket to seal up the air gaps to create greater air suction, but who am I to judge… just the end consumer.

Before purchasing the planer though, I had purchased a helical head cutter Jointer too. After having a bench top Jointer that had 3 flat blades, LOUD, and one nick translates into nicks in all of them, I figured it was good to upgrade to the helical head cutter on the JET Jointer as well. 

That machine holds its own, and in my shop, real estate is precious so the 8″ version was going to be a bit much (not to mention needed a 3 phase 220).

Prior to running through jointer or planer

To get dimensional lumber, you can’t simply run the wood through the planer exclusively. You join one side (not edge) to get a flat spot (gets out any cups and crooks), then that is your base for running it through the planer to have a parallel edge to mimic. Then, you hold the flat plane of the board against fence on the jointer, and push the lumber through the jointer until you have a straight edge. THEN, jump to the table saw–the joined edge against the fence and cut off the excess if any. This should be a perfect rectangle at this point.

But enough about techniques.

boards on the Laguna planer 16″ prior to Joining/Planing.

Full overlap joint, I use the Kreg Corner Jig to hold it in place so the screws do not incrementally shift the components.

I love the effect of seeing the raw wood and then right on with the top coat. Beautiful contrast.