Got lots of things finished up for my cat’s storage cabinet. I put together the doors the other day and just finished up doing the edgebanding and all that good stuff. I’ve since been reminded of a few things:
- Home Depot plywood isn’t flat.
- Assuming it’s going to be flat is really stupid.
- Things that aren’t perfectly flat and square give you mental issues when fitting everything together.
Considering everything measured out to be very close to perfectly square, I wasn’t expecting it to be dead-on. I also, however, wasn’t expecting to have to deal with a slightly bowed side panel of my cabinet. It didn’t seem that un-flat when I was putting things together, however, I probably should have used cauls and a couple of clamps to make sure that the outside dimension of my cabinet was 24” all the way.
I’m treating this as another learning experience, but I don’t think of it as a total loss. My cat is getting the first piece of new furniture for my newly renovated room, and he couldn’t care less if it measured out to be less than 1/32” out of square. I’m also taking this as a reminder that I need to make more things in my shop. Taking these 7-8 month breaks from woodworking isn’t helping me out any. I’m actually more impressed that I can still assemble this kind of stuff without giving myself a stroke from having to think about things.
I still have to install the top, but I can do that tomorrow. After that, it’s some final sanding, stain and finish, and putting on the hardware. I’m glad I got this together quickly, but I’m going to definitely be more careful in the future. Considering my next project is a double dresser for my fiancee, I’m buying better plywood and hardwood for that.