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Woodworking projects under way. #3: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet under way!

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In my seemingly never ending quest for shop organization, not to mention skill building, I am well underway with the construction of my clamshell cabinet. The design is the one in the Wood Magazine Best Home Workshop Ideas special interest publication (2009 issue, same thing as 2011 issue).

At this time, all of the plywood pieces are cut to size, and I must say that I am a HUGE fan of stop blocks now. My recent move of my miter saw to the strong tie workbench, has permitted me to clamp stop blocks to the front rail of the bench, making the repeat crosscuts for all the mid to longish size pieces a snap.

Because I fully intend on using this cabinet to house my small parts bins, and not cans of paint or whatnot, I am leaving out the drilling for the shelf pins, and the 2 adjustable shelves. Instead I will be using 2 Stack On 39 drawer parts cabinets mounted to this thing. So the back piece of peg board will instead be 1/2” ply, and might just end up being jointed using a locking rabbet. That is about as strong of a joint that I can think of shy of dovetailing it, and I am NOT going to try to dovetail Home Depot plywood!

I am very pleased with the progress I have made on this as I started with a plan, a full sheet of 3/4” plywood, and a circular saw in hand this afternoon. (My neighbors must love my break down method, circ saw, with edge guide and clamps in the front lawn…)

I am honestly excited about this build. I am wanting to build 2 of these, with a plane tote and pnuematic nailer slots / shelf between them…. We will see how that goes! The idea is to get the big full sheet or peg board off the front wall. There are other plans for that wall…

With any luck, tomorrow night should get a report of processed peg board, and then on rabbets and dadoes!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1151 days ago

Sounds like fun. I think I saw that design or a similar one…...in one my mags, but I don’t know where. 3/4” ply makes for pretty sturdy stuff….........

I am pretty tired of dealing with crappy ply and wood, but I am doing OK at it.

Way to busy at work lately, hope things slow down a bit.

Later….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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