Garage Tool Cabinets #2: Cabinet glue up

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Blog entry by Parsimonia posted 08-06-2013 05:35 PM 1112 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One carcass is glued up. One block under the lower shelf moved under the clamp slightly. I should have shot a few nails to hold it in place like Sommerfeld recommends, (and had done before), so one back corner of the bottom shelf is just slighty lower, but OIWN (Only I Will Notice(!)). The lower shelf tongue goes into the face frame slot, but the sides are just supported by blocks underneath on both sides. Yet again, I chose to ignore instructions and it bit me in the a$$.
I decided to put a center divider in the second cabinet, so I could put shelves in one or both sides, or hang tools in one or both sides. The center divider reduces the hanging space slightly, but makes the one cabinet more flexible.

Although I wanted the cabinets to be the same as what I made before, I think I’m going to use 1/4 maple ply for the door panels, rather than all maple. $50 for the rails and stiles + $175 for solid center panel, or $35 for 1/4 maple ply center panel. ($140 savings for ply). Carcass was ~$120 3/4 ply, + $100 faceframe.
Total $445, or $305 with ply. Ouch.

Solid wood PROs:
Strong solid door
Good practice for “Indoor” cabinets
Matches existing cabinets
“In for a penny, in for a pound”

It’s just a garage, after all.

I’ll finish glue up on the second carcass, then decide. This is all a learning experience after all , so I may go for broke. Ha Ha.

-- More Ideas than Time.

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