board may be of the specified dimensions, but if the
angles are not properly measured according to the
drawing, proper shape cannot be achieved.
3-32. Check your work by actually fitting one piece
with its counterpart. After all, a board can be of correct
dimensions and shape and still not fit properly.
Obviously, then, all three-dimensions, shape, and fit-must
be checked in a preassembly. Forming this habit will
enable you to eliminate disappointment and save trouble,
time, effort, and material.
3-33. Final Inspection. After the article has been
assembled and all glue joints have been given time to dry,
make a final check before applying the finish. This check
will include: (1) all angles for proper cut and fit, (2) all
joints for excessive glue, and (3) the entire surface for
3-34. So far we have covered some of the woods used
Figure 27. Sanding curves.
in cabinetwork, along with the types of joints used. We
have also covered the procedure used to construct a
3-28. Assuming that all individual parts have been
wooden article. However, as a carpentry specialist, you
sanded, you are ready to begin the first step in assembling
will be required to repair or replace parts or sections of
your article into a unit.
cabinets. If you remember how to select materials for
3-29. Assembling the Parts into Unit. Assembly of
constructing an article, you should not have any trouble
the parts into a unit is done after all pieces have been
selecting materials for the repairing or replacing of
milled to size, shaped, and sanded. Before you assemble
sections. Some of the items to check for are the kind of
the unit into its final form, make a preassembly check.
wood and grain characteristics; that is, the piece being
Make sure that all pieces are ready to be assembled by
replaced should have the same grain texture as the
checking each piece for dimensions, shape, and fit.
original and the color should be the same. You may also
3-30. Dimensions are checked first to see that they
construct models, mockups, and patterns. These items
correspond with those on the drawing. Each dimension
will require a great deal of time and skill to construct. For
must be exactly as long, wide, and thick as the drawing
this reason, detail drawings will be furnished to aid you in
the construction. These items are usually fastened
3-31. Check shapes with a trysquare or T-bevel,
together with screws, dowel pins, and glue. The method
making sure that all angles are correct.
of fastening these items together will be shown on the
particular drawing you will be using.