Laundry Wall cabinets #4: Almost Ready for the real woodworking or I HATE DRYWALL

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Blog entry by HamS posted 12-16-2011 02:55 AM 1799 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Finished the Plan, work starts this weekend Part 4 of Laundry Wall cabinets series Part 5: Actually working in the shop now »

The preparation of the area for the laundry is nearing completion and I think I will be moving out to the shop this weekend to actually start work on the cabinets and cutting wood. I have been spending a lot of time rehearsing, but it is Christmas and that is a very busy time for church musicians. This year I am singing in two cantatas and Mrs Ham is playing in one. The last Christmas concert is this coming Sunday and then I will be free to really focus on the cabinets. I am also working at “The Great Shop Cleanup”, which I suspect many of you also are involved in from time to time. I was going to post before and after pictures, but decided I would wait until it was cleaned up a little before I took the before pictures.

I have a design question that I would solicit advise on. I am building the cabinets primarily from 1/2’ birch plywood with 3/4 maple face frame and back framing. I will have a 1/4” dust panel on the bottom of the cabinets so the cabinet presents a smooth surface to TLOML’s fingers. I am debating the wisdom of using the 1/4” on the back in place of the 1/2 ”. The structural aspect of the back will be provided by a 3/4” maple rail and stile structure.

I solicit the collective wisdom of the lumberjocks. 1/2” or 1/4” for the back panel?

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 03:32 AM

if the cost isnt prohibitive i say over build it with 1/2” but thats just this guy. btw … i hate drywall too, well more like i hate mud and tape .. and sanding.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 11:40 AM

I’m redoing my bathroom right now. I’m in the shop building a tall cabinet and the vanity for it. After I did the initial stuff in the room and put the sheetrock up I call my sister to do the taping and painting. She’s a virtual wiz a at it. And I’m glad she is!

I make my cabinets with 3/4 sides and 1/2 backs/tops/bottoms. I rout a 1/2” groove in the 3/4 stuff and slide the 1/2” into it. Glued and pin nailed it makes for a strong structure. No expert but it works for me.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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