|Project by USMCRet93||posted 01-26-2015 11:03 PM||3017 views||30 times favorited||9 comments|
This past weekend my son and I built a cabinet to keep all my small hardware/parts storage bins in. The cabinet holds 18 storage bins, 9 on each side. The cabinet was built using 3/4” plywood for the top, bottom, center, and sides, and 1/2” plywood for the shelves. The final dimensions of the cabinet were 39” wide, 37” high (42 1/2” with base and wheels) and 24 3/4” deep.
We started by cutting out the top, bottom, sides and center. We marked measurements on one of the sides for all the dado cuts. After marking, we set out table saw for the first dado cut, made the cut, then using the same setting made the cut for the remaining side and the two centers. This process was repeated for all dado cuts. Next came the dado cuts (1 1/2” wide) for the top and bottom. All dado cuts were made 1/4” deep. We flipped the bottom piece over and attached the base for the casters with a 2” X 6” rectangular frame. Once the casters were installed, we dry fit top, bottom, sides, and center. We needed to do a little bit of sanding to get the centers to fit into the dado slots in the top and bottom pieces, and ended up with a very snug fit. Next we glued and screwed the frame together, using 1 1/2” T-20 woodscrews. With the basic frame completed, we measured and cut our back piece and installed with glue and woodscrews. Next we cut our 1/2” plywood shelves and inserted them into the cabinet. We brad nailed 1” strips of plywood to the front edge of the shelves and a strip behind the storage container to keep the bins in position. As a final touch, my son branded the cabinet with my initials on the front left side.
As can be seen in the pictures, I can slide out a shelf and open a bin to pick out what I need, or remove the entire bin. Another feature of the shelves is an overflow storage area for any excess material that will not fit into the appropriate bin compartment. I finished off with labeling the shelf for each bin, and labeling the bins with what goes in each compartment.
The last thing I want to do with my new cabinet is to stain and seal it….. but that is a project for another weekend.
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