RaeLynn's office #1: Start in the middle - The file cabinet

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 04-09-2008 06:19 PM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pictures, projects, and pictures of projects; my favorite thing about Lumberjocks. Time for me to leap into the new millenium and start a project blog with pictures.

My wife works from home, and needed a work area for both her computer and her writing. She looked at catalogs and in stores and decided on an open work table with return; essentially an L-shaped computer desk with the space underneath open to make it easy to move from side to side. I started late in the fall, and finished the day after Christmas. Later that day it was in place and covered in “stuff”, so no pictures, but I’ll get some this weekend. It’s constructed of oak and oak ply for the legs and sides, and the top is a walnut field with an oak boarder and breadboard ends.

It wasn’t long after that she decided she needed draws to store stuff in, so I started on a file cabinet to match. To add some interest I used a G+G detail on the legs:
Blacker leg indent and grove for side panel

The desk design has sides that don’t come all the way to the floor, so I did the same thing for the file cabinet. Very cleverly I made two left sides (on bench), so I used the test leg from the desk along with a new one to make the new right side.
Three sides for file cabinet...

This limited the vertical draw space and has me a bit worried about structural strength as I didn’t feel I had space for a top streatcher. To address that I rabbited the bottom of the sides and added a MDF panel. This makes it much more ridigd, and adds weight to help keep it from tipping if the draw is pulled all the way out. I may revisit the top streatcher later if I think it’s necessary.
bare carcase

The draw boxes are made from 1/2” pre-finished birch ply. Great stuff, and much better than the $100/sheet 3/4” oak vaneer ply (I’ll post pics later)
draw box construction

Cabinet and boxes Test assembly: top draw for pencils, middle for all that stuff that accumulates, bottom for files:
test assembly

The draw fronts are ply with iron-on edge banding. I watched the woodwisperer’s video on edge banding and they came out great. I will use walnut dowls for the draw handles. I’m in the process finishing and hope to have it in place this weekend, so I’ll have pics of the beginning (desk) as well.

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 04-09-2008 06:28 PM

Nice project. I am looking forward to following this one.

Nice garage wallpaper also…........

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-09-2008 07:27 PM

Hi Robb,

This one looks interesting. I will be following this as well. You appear to be off to a good start.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-09-2008 08:09 PM

Looks like it’s going to look good. I need a source for similar shop mascots.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 04-09-2008 08:22 PM

thanks for the blow by blow pics.. I like to see things progress in this way. thanks

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 04-09-2008 11:45 PM

Cool looking cabinet. Looking forward to seeing more.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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