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Project by KE4NYV posted 07-25-2014 04:15 AM 1515 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of many cabinets I am building for my shop re-build. This particular cabinet is under my new wall-mounted work bench to house my CNC computer and controller box. I’m also using the lower shelf (bottom) to store some metal working tools and other CNC mill tooling until I get my wall cabinets built.

The construction is all 3/4 Birch plywood and scratch built. I didn’t have any plans to start with, since I had to size this to fit under my bench and shallow enough to deal with the cinder block footer that is at the bottom of the wall. Width 32”, Height 36”, Depth 18”.

I used the euro hinges for the first time and while I like them, I found that the ones my Lowe’s carries are pretty cheap and not as flexible as the higher quality models found at Rockler and other online sites. These also do not clip together, instead they slide into each other and you have to tighten a set screw to keep them from coming apart. Also, the alignment was a bit of a pain, very little adjustment room, resulting in the right side door sticking out from the carcass. I’m thinking about plugging the screw holes on that side and trying again. At $7 each, they were not worth it. Rockler carries a true clip-together model, better quality at $16 a PAIR. I know what I’m buying next time.

-- Jason R.





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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 05:33 AM

Blum hinges have three screws that let you adjust the door after it is installed.

I bought these at Custom Service Hardware. Soft close works great. $2.33 ea.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 03:08 PM

Very similar approach I want to use for my new shop.

I assume that it is on wheels so that you can wheel it out and use the top for additional work surface area?

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 03:36 PM

Blum hinges have three screws that let you adjust the door after it is installed.

Supposedly, these have the same adjustments, but I only got minimal adjustment to align things up. The left door only needed minimal tweaking. The right one, well, I think the bracket attached to the carcass is just off. I’m thinking about the plugging and redrilling method to fix this.

Also, the cheap euro hinges from Lowe’s really only fit together all the way or nothing. The rear screw tightens down, but there is a distinct inset on the door half of the hinge that the head of the screw sets down into. I don’t see how you can loosen this and move it in and out. If you get close enough, the head of the screw is going to “grab” that inset and pull it all the way in, seating firmly in that inset.

-- Jason R.

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KE4NYV

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 03:38 PM

I assume that it is on wheels so that you can wheel it out and use the top for additional work surface area?

Actually, no. I built this to be a semi-perm mount cabinet under the workbench. I’ll post a picture tonight of it in place to better show that. I built the workbench long enough (down the entire wall) to avoid needing more work top area. I already have a stationary woodworking bench in the middle of the shop floor. My plan with all of these cabinets is to inset them under the bench and then eventually screw them all together, as you would with kitchen cabinets.

-- Jason R.

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#5 posted 07-25-2014 04:51 PM



Blum hinges have three screws that let you adjust the door after it is installed.

Supposedly, these have the same adjustments, but I only got minimal adjustment to align things up. The left door only needed minimal tweaking. The right one, well, I think the bracket attached to the carcass is just off. I m thinking about the plugging and redrilling method to fix this.

Also, the cheap euro hinges from Lowe s really only fit together all the way or nothing. The rear screw tightens down, but there is a distinct inset on the door half of the hinge that the head of the screw sets down into. I don t see how you can loosen this and move it in and out. If you get close enough, the head of the screw is going to “grab” that inset and pull it all the way in, seating firmly in that inset.

- KE4NYV

How did you mount your doors?

In my case, the doors are built with a 1/2 inch overlay top and bottom. I use a set up block and a straight piece of lumber (usually scrap ply or whatever is handy) andd clamp it across the cabinet under where the doors will mount. Then it is just a matter of sitting the door on the ledge, drilling a pilot hole for the srews and screwing them in.

The Blum hinges have two other screws that all you to adjust the door right to left and front of cabinet to back, if that makes any sense. If for some reason the doors don’t match cross the bottom or top, you can loosen the mounting screw and rise or lower the door, then retighten. The hole is elongated for this type of adjustment.

Note: The hinges I am currently using are for face frame installation. The ones pictured earlier are flush installed with the inside, which is what you have.

Here is a close up look at the hinge mounted in the door frame.

I don’t know if this helps or not.
Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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