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Blog entry by dakremer posted 1180 days ago 1592 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started on this tool chest tonight. Forgot to take pictures of my progress so far, but will tomorrow and will post it. I’m making it out of 1/2” AC Plywood. I wish I would have made it bigger, as the top drawers will be quite small, but I was able to make the entire skeleton (without the drawers) out of 1 4X4 sheet. Didnt want to spend the money on the 2nd sheet so this is why I have made it this size (24WX18HX12D)

The bottom two rows of drawers will be plenty big for the tools I want to put in it, so will use more 1/2 ply to make those drawers.

My question is, Is there a good way to make drawers out of 1/4 inch material for the top two rows of drawers? the front of the drawers will all be 1/2” ply. I really want to use 1/4 to allow for more room. Maybe its not a good idea?

Not looking for it to win any awards for craftsmanship – this is mostly for function not quality (even though I obviously still want it to look good)

any suggestions welcome. Thanks

More to come…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!



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Chelios

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#1 posted 1180 days ago

Dak

Don’t know if you have seen these videos but they might be helpful to you.

http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/media/category.php?cat=Tool-Box

best

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dakremer

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#2 posted 1180 days ago

Pat: I was thinking about box joints. Was just hoping there was a better/faster way to do it! haha.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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dakremer

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#3 posted 1180 days ago

Hey Thanks Chelios. I havent been to his site before! that helped a lot!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1180 days ago

the drwaing looks good …now lets see if you can live up to them …..LOL
sorry cuoldn´t resist to tease alittle :-)
but I do look forward to follow the blogs on it

take care
Dennis

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dakremer

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#5 posted 1180 days ago

i’m a little worried about living up to it as well! :) haha

I should have drawn the sketchup model lopsided and with tons of tear out!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1180 days ago

now that wuold be a great add to sketchup to confuse people with tearout in the cuttinglines ….LOL

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 1179 days ago

Don’t worry about tear out or anything
Main thing is your doing not talking.
It will work out great

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Walt M.

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#8 posted 1179 days ago

1/4 ’ ply may not be the best way to go for the top drawers but i see it do able. I would make rabbets on the front of the drawers and glue and pin nail sides to the fronts.also you need to figure out to incorporate the drawer bottoms into drawer sides not to well when both are 1/4”. Maybe small cleats under the sides.
You know whatt I mean.
drawing is here with components

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dakremer

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#9 posted 1179 days ago

Hey thanks Walt. I’m thinking about using that kind of joinery. I have decided I’m not going to use 1/4. I think I’ll have plenty of room with using 1/2. Like u said with every thing being 1/4 it’d be hard to figure out how to do the bottom. Thanks for taking the time to draw that up for me!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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