Workshop Build #18: Cupboards on cleats (part 1 of 3)

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 06-05-2010 03:35 AM 2706 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Cleats - Getting things on the wall Part 18 of Workshop Build series Part 19: Cupboards on cleats (part 2 of 3) »

It’s time to post my cupboards I made to put books and magazines in, that will hang on the cleats in my shop.
(see Workshop Build #17: Cleats- Getting things on the wall)

For inspiration I used a cupboard in a magazine article, but changed the plans slightly. I wanted to have two cupboards to hold my woodworking related books and magazines. The article I saw had a moveable shelf, but I figured a fixed center shelf would be more solid and hold the heavy books better. Of course, it’s always easier to make two at a time, because of all the setups, so I did just that.

For my needs, the cupboards will be 30” tall, which will allow me to hold books on the middle and bottom shelves. The depth will be about 12”, and width about 24”.

My plan was for pine frames around two plywood panels for each side and pine frames around a piece of plexi-glass for each of the two doors which meet in the middle. This meant I needed 8 stiles for each cupboard and 10 rails.

The backs will be 1/4” pine and the top, bottom and middle fixed shelf with be 1/2” plywood trimmed on the front raw edges with pine.

The four side stiles and four top and bottom rails on each cupboard need 1/4” grooves to hold the plywood panels.

The top and bottom rails:

The middle rails on the sides would need to have a groove on both the top and bottom edge to accept plywood. They also will have tenons to fit into the grooves on the stiles:

Because the plexi is only about 1/8” thick, the door stiles and rails need a 1/8” groove to hold those plexi pieces. But… 1/8” is really not thick enough for the tenons, so at each end of the stiles, the groove is widened to 1/4” to accept the tenons on the rails.

The next three photos show the side pieces quite clearly (I hope!)

... to be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 04:25 AM

This is like a cliffhanger episode! Cut off in mid-plot! Looks like they will be great cabinets…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 05:10 AM

If I read this right the backs are 1/4 pine ? are the cabinets going to hang on the backs.

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 03:03 PM

Steve, sorry about the cliffhanger, I’ve been very busy and limited with computer time.
Jim,my concerns were the same as yours, that I could not just screw a cleat to a 1/4” piece of pine to hold the heavy filled cupboard. The magazine article did not explain how the cleat was firmly attached to hold the weight. My cabinet’s cleats are attached to the back, the sides and the top, as well as an interior piece that can be screwed through the cabinet cleat and into the wall cleat. I am hoping that will be strong enough. What would you have done?

-- ~Julie~

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 05:23 PM

If your cleat connects to the sides as well you should be fine Julie as long as the side connections are good and solid.

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#5 posted 06-09-2010 11:03 PM

Very interesting how you think this stuff through. I’m too new to think of or know this type of stuff. Wish there was someone local I could work with to learn.

In the last three photos, you state that the photos are of the doors. It that the door or side panels? I’m having a hard time discerning.

-- Harold

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 12:50 AM

Hi Harold, where are you? Do you want to visit and do some woodworking here?
The side panels are frame and panel, but the doors are framed plexiglass. I think you probably can see that more clearly in the next installment, part 2.

-- ~Julie~

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 11:16 AM

Looks nice Julie, all those rails and stiles reminds me of my shop last year when I made my two daughters a dresser and nightstand apiece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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