Cherry File Cabinet #2: Vacuum bagging veneer and glue up

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 12-29-2014 01:22 AM 1876 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Milling frame and joinery Part 2 of Cherry File Cabinet series Part 3: Box Joints (or how not to make a plywood box) »

I’ve had some time off for the holidays, and I’m making good progress. I ordered some quarter sawn cherry veneer from OVIS along with soft close drawer slides.

A friend loaned me his vacuum pump and I vacuum bagged the veneer to 1/4” birch plywood with West Systems epoxy. I’m used to working with epoxy from my modeling experience. I just pour the epoxy onto the plywood, and squeegee it around with one of the wife’s credit cards. You end up just wetting the wood and scraping most off until there is just a slight sheen. Then you tape the veneer in position and slide the whole mess into the bag. I use paper towel as a breather cloth to help spread the vacuum around. Turn on the pump, weigh down the bag and come back in the morning.

Once I had panels made up for the back and sides, I trimmed them to final size on the table saw. With the final thickness of the panels, I routed the slots in all of the frame pieces to fit the panels.

Next, I glued up the front and rear frames. A couple of clamps tightened up all of the joints.

After letting those setup for a few hours, the front and rear were joined.

Next up will be building the drawers out of 1/2” baltic birch ply and installing the slides. After that I just need trim the top and the drawer fronts. My plan is to inset the drawer fronts 1/8” to 1/4” from the frame to match the side and rear panels.

I’m still debating on the drawer pulls. I’m thinking of some antique, hammered metal or I could fabricate them from some more cherry. Any suggestions?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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