Workshop Build #20: Cupboards on cleats (part 3 of 3)

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 06-10-2010 01:17 AM 1677 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to finish off this cupboard blog.

Here is the cupboard with a few coats of wipe-on poly on it:

Here is the top joint, a dado-rabbet. It’s kind of rough looking, but will be covered with the piano hinge so I wasn’t as fussy as I normally would be.

This shows the back rabbet that will hold the piece of 1/4” plywood. I put the poly on the piece before I put the back on. That way I could poly the big flat piece of plywood without shelf interference, as well as do the inside of the cupboard and get in the corners easier.

I attached a cleat to the back that was screwed into the top plywood edge and the side edge of the stiles. Before I put the doors on, I just had to try and hang it on the cleats (you all know how that is):

The doors were attached with piano hinges:

I added a piece of plywood on the inside at the top, that I screwed into the cleat and when the cupboard was hung, I screwed right through the plywood inner piece into the wall cleat. Hopefully that holds the weight of this heavy cupboard when it is loaded with books.

This is before I attached the inner piece:

This is with the inner piece added and screwed into the wall cleat:

Ta da!!

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 01:25 AM

hey Julie
This is a great job .This should really help with storage.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 01:32 AM

Now that is some really nice work there, especially for a workshop… It’s great to see that sort of attention to detail. Honestly, your locking rabbet joints are cleaner than mine so far. But that’s user error on my part…

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 03:51 AM

Very nice Julie. Nice clean look.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 12:24 PM

what a wonderful job

are you sure your not building kitchen cabinets


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#5 posted 06-10-2010 01:43 PM

looking good Julie


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#6 posted 06-10-2010 11:32 PM

A job well done, ma’am! So what is next on the horizon? Your cleat idea for these and other items in your shop is a great one. It allows for growth and expansion down the road.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 11:04 AM

Nice looking cabinets and it looks like you have plenty of space there. Thanks for sharing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 11:57 AM

Wow!!! Just went back and read through all of your blogs about your shop being built. Brings back alot of memories of building my shop. Just like you and your husband I did everything but the concrete slab and mine also had to have plumbing, because we lived in it while we built our house. You were right about it being alot of work while working fulltime and my shop was a thirty minute drive from where I lived. But I wouldn’t trade knowing I built it for the world, the whole experience was very rewarding as I’m sure you know. Well good luck as you finish preparing your shop and thanks for sharing you and your husbands adventure.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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