How to cut the Tolex on angled blackface-style cabinets?

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  1. zook

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    There is an easier way to do it. :rolleyes:
     
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    While saving money is a possibility, you need to factor in the purchase of extra tools and equipment you may not have and whether those tools will get used more in the future. And then there is the question of whether or not your time has any monetary value? And then there is the possi/proba-bility of needing to buy the materials twice, if not pleased with your product. Many of the most popular cabinet builders have reasonable enough pricing that I don't really see a lot of savings in spending that much time perfecting the skills to the point that I'd be happy with the results. Of course, if you already have the skills and the tools, that's a different story and equates to big savings!

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    Do tell? Do share?

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    Yes, please do tell!
     
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    I have a great workshop. But... it's across state lines 100 miles away. Inconvenient at best, seriously problematic at the moment.

    Difficulty is I've come to rely on a heavy duty bandsaw and a surface planer as well as numerous other heavy duty cast iron machines. That allows me to mill wood precisely to dimension.

    Among my numerous hats, didja know I'm a certified Corian fabricator? The main tools for working Corian are a chop saw and a few routers. The more routers, the better because I don't need to be constantly changing cutters.

    I figure I can do most of what I need to do with a radial arm saw, a couple routers and a few custom jigs. Less tools. More efficiency.

    I still crave a large bandsaw and a cast iron surface planer like such as a Parks. Funny thing is there was a bandsaw standing next to the scrap metal container at the transfer station a few days ago. It's an entry level Delta. I brought it back to my secret laboratory, plugged it in and flipped the switch. Good to go! It won't re- saw like my out of reach Laguna but it works, for now.
     
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    Sorry for being a little late reading and posting ... and, with all due respect to my fellow members, who have given some most excellent advice, and, who have much more knowledge and experience than I ...
    ... my answer to the OP is ...

    "Very Carefully ..."
     
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    I'll have to take a few photos later today and then I'll post them.
     
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    Excellent.
     
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    Well It took a litlle longer, I glued up a sample corner and I hope to get a step-by step today.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the step-by-step. Thanks for making the effort!
     
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    Here's step one, I had to mock up a cabinet corner. More to come.
    Tolex Primer 1.jpg Tolex Primer 2.jpg
     
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    Tolex Primer 1.jpg Tolex Primer 2.jpg Tolex Primer 3.jpg Tolex Primer 4.jpg Tolex Primer 5.jpg Tolex Primer 6.jpg Tolex Primer 7.jpg Tolex Primer 8.jpg Tolex Primer 9.jpg Tolex Primer10.jpg Here's the photos, sorry abut the quality of some.
     
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    The last 10
    Tolex Primer11.jpg Tolex Primer12.jpg Tolex Primer13.jpg Tolex Primer14.jpg Tolex Primer15.jpg Tolex Primer16.jpg Tolex Primer17.jpg Tolex Primer18.jpg Tolex Primer19.jpg Tolex Primer 20.jpg
     
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    Thanks for posting this! So after you fold the Tolex onto itself to create those "wings" on each corner, you simply trim them as close to flush as possible? And then I suppose you arrange them in some way so that they are exactly flush and there's no standing crease?

    EDIT: OK, sorry. I thought the first 10 photos were all. I'll read the others now.
     
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    Last pics Tolex Primer 21.jpg Tolex Primer 22.jpg Tolex Primer 23.jpg Tolex Primer 24.jpg
     
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