Garage Cabinet #1: Already in Progress

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Blog entry by jakeprater posted 02-04-2014 11:09 AM 1164 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first project I have posted here, but I have been a long time lurker. Whenever I need to know something about a project I’m working on, or just to look for inspiration, I come to lumberjocks first.

So we just bought our house, and it’s a great house. The garage just needs some work to make it a better shop. The first thing I really need is more storage space, so that’s where this project comes in.

I wanted a cabinet that more or less matches the other cabinets in the house, so I can leave it here when we move.

Yep, that’s right, I already know I’ll be moving next February, but that’s military life!

So I picked up some old shelves from my church while cleaning out the storage shed used by our scout troop. They were 70 inches long by 12 inches wide MDF with red oak veneer and edged on one side with oak. I got a total of five of them, all prefinished. I also happened to have some lumber from an old ammo pallet that I picked up at work. It’s some kind of oak, maybe white oak – it feels kind of waxy, if that makes sense, and is really hard and dense. You can see the difference between the pallet who’s and the strip of red Oak that makes up the bottom real.

Right now I have the carcase glued up ant the main part of the face frame is ready to go. In my first picture you can see it’s all laid out so I can fit the angled corners before I fasten the face frame down. I’m using mainly dowels to put the face frame together, with some beads to reinforce the shelf joints in the carcase.

The only thing I’m struggling with is how to fasten it to the wall. It’s really wide, about 73 inches total, so I’m a little worried about it sagging when I get some weight in it. We’ll see when I actually get to to that point!

The angled corner pieces I actually made with my Stanley 55 plane – it was a bit of a chore, but I really like using it from time to time. Anyway, more to follow soon!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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