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Project by generic posted 09-23-2014 10:00 PM 2259 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are map cabinets for a new school that needed them.
they are made from 3/4” Baltic Birch and finished with an industrial finish.
This is one of those jobs where I honestly hope I never see one of these again.
I had to make a total of 40 of these cabinets and every drawer needed fine tuning because of the wood slides.
I built them to their design and this is the job I learned to question other peoples designs on and offer a better way of doing things.
I don’t think I made a dime on these because of the time involved in making them… This is how we learn right ??

-- TMF





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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 10:37 PM

So you just made 400 drawers…? Wow.
Looks good otherwise. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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SPalm

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 11:21 PM

ZOWEY
That’s a lot of drawers. Good job on them although -they look pretty cool.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rick315

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 11:35 PM

who is the dog

-- Rick315

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generic

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 11:42 PM

Yes at 5 parts per drawer and 2 slides per drawer and how many cuts per drawer and sading and fiishing.. That job was among the least fvorite I ever did.
So you just made 400 drawers…? Wow.
Looks good otherwise. Thanks for sharing!

- kaerlighedsbamsen

-- TMF

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generic

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 11:45 PM

The dog is Mr Moose. Shop security.. He has his eye on everythng in there when they are open that is..


who is the dog

- rick315


-- TMF

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exelectrician

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 12:11 AM

Yes Tom. as an electrical contractor I too have been there, like you said,,,, ‘that’s how we learn, right?’

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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sras

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 12:48 AM

That’s a lot of drawers! Looks like they turned out great.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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generic

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 12:59 AM

There is a great lesson here.. Not evey job is a good job.
Someone approaches you as a new business and says they will give you what sounds like easy money to make a small cabinet with simple slides and 10 simple drawers. They say that they can’t find anyone that will make them and got your name from a friend. You say heck yeah and they sweeten the pot by saying they want 40 of them.
Think hard about why they can’t find anyone to make them..


That s a lot of drawers! Looks like they turned out great.

- sras


-- TMF

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jeff

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#9 posted 09-24-2014 05:15 AM

lots of work but they sure do look great…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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timbertailor

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#10 posted 09-24-2014 02:40 PM

It is amazing how many jobs I turn down because I am told I am too expensive.
Or, two weeks later, they come back still wanting the work done by the same dead line.

You can not please everybody and some will never appreciate the value of your time.

I am curious though. What design changes would you have made to make this project more manageable?

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 09-24-2014 02:46 PM

Very nice work…they look great.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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DavidTTU

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#12 posted 09-24-2014 03:09 PM

Ill take one.

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UpstateNYdude

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#13 posted 09-24-2014 03:14 PM


I am curious though. What design changes would you have made to make this project more manageable?

- timbertailor

Off the top of my head I’m going to say metal drawer slides lol

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 09-24-2014 03:22 PM

You’ve done a fine job on these map cabinets.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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generic

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#15 posted 09-24-2014 04:02 PM

I would scrap the drawer slides all together and just use a top and botton cleat for slides.
They are super light weight and don’t need that much support in my mind plus 800 slots cut and sanded on those drawers was crazy..

I am curious though. What design changes would you have made to make this project more manageable?

- timbertailor

Off the top of my head I m going to say metal drawer slides lol

- UpstateNYdude


-- TMF

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