coat locker #2: final design

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Blog entry by coloradoclimber posted 10-13-2008 08:43 AM 4582 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The box is made out of 1/2 inch plywood throughout with 1/4 by 3/4 hardwood edging. The similar colored pieces are either identical or mirrors. All of the joinery is either dados for the box or half lap for the edging.

The edging is 1/4 inch thick hardwood edging instead of veneer edge banding. The hardwood will stand up to much more abuse as shoes are thrown in on a daily basis and it will give a small bit of stiffness to the 1/2 inch ply of the box.

I liked the rounded top on the original design but since I’m using 1/4 inch thick edge banding I would need to steam bend the edging to curve around the rounded top. In this case mitered corners serve and are much easier to create.

And again here is the sketchup model to date. I will be adding final dimension and a cutlist and layout.

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 06:35 PM

I like the detail in your sketchup work. This will be fun to see this project progress.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Don Newton

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 06:52 PM

It is more typical that the vertical pieces are continuous while the horizontal pieces are housed in dadoes for support. The intermediate pieces would be dadoed 1/8” deep on each side and all of the horizontal pieces would be cut to the same dimension, except the bottom which would run between the end pieces. 1/8” may not seem very deep for the dado but all it has to do is position and support the shelves. I think you will find this approach has fewer setups. Please contact me if you would like to discuss further.
(Architectural millwork draftsman for 25 years)

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 07:41 PM


What you say makes sense, continuous vertical members, and I started down that path originally.

But like you say, the dados for the shelves in the vertical members would only be 1/8 deep. I know you say that should be plenty strong, and you’ve been doing this a lot longer than me, so you’re probably correct, but (there’s always a but) but have you lifted a high school kids backpack these days? I’m building this to put by the front door for the kids to kick their shoes into and dump their backpacks and coats. When my highschooler has 3 or 4 books in his backpack it must weigh at least 30 or 40 pounds. And being a teenage boy you know he’s not going to set his pack in there gently. I’m worried that with him tossing 40 lbs onto the 1/8 dados they’ll just bust the shelf out.

I figure with the continuous shelf I have a better chance of it standing up to the beating, even if it is more complex to cut and build.

I’m also putting the dado in the shelf for the vertical piece at the bottom. I figure there’s much more chance of kicking out the bottom of the vertical member than any impact near the top. If a 1/8 dado does have enough side to side strength I might consider putting a 1/8 dado top and bottom of the shelf to capture the vertical members or just have 1/8 at the bottom to keep the shelf as thick as possible.

I’ve also considered adding some interior structural members but I’d like to avoid that if possible, just trying to avoid that much more complexity if I can.

Thanks for taking a look and the feedback.

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