Plywood Cabinet

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Project by TerryS posted 08-01-2015 07:45 PM 1146 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet I recently built was desperately needed in my workshop. The materials utilized were as follow:

1. 3/4” Birch plywood for the sides and shelving
2. 1/4”(nominal) Luan plywood for the back
3. 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood(half sheet) for the door panels
4. 3 1” x 6” x 8 ft Poplar boards
5. 4 sets of self closing door hinges
6. 4 wood door knobs
7. Water based polyurethane finish

The size of the cabinet is 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall by one foot deep. To make this I cut the 3/4” birch plywood into two sections, one being 2 by 4 feet and the other being 4×6 feet. Then cut two 12 inch sections from the 4×6 sheet to make the sides. Cut a 12 inch section from the 2×4 sheet. Trim the length to 34 1/2” inches. Rip a 12 inch section from the 2×6 sheet and trim two pieces to 34 1/2 inches. Make a rabbit cut at the top of the two sides and a dado cut near the center and bottom of the two sides. Drill 1/4” holes for the adjustable shelf pins. Glue the three 34 1/2” sections to the sides to complete the joints of the carcass.

I made a face frame from the poplar wood and attached it to the carcass(I used #1 biscuits). The four doors utilize frame and panel construction and are made from Poplar and 1/4 in Baltic Birch plywood. The size of the doors are 16 1/4” x 33 1/4”. Cut the remaining 3/4” plywood into 3 sections of 11 1/2” x 34 3/8” for the adjustable shelves. I sliced 3/8” pieces of poplar and glued it to the fronts of the three shelves. The Luan plywood is cut to size and attached to the back with screws or nails. Attach the doors and mount the three shelves.

(Optional) I cut out sections of the side bottoms and face frame to act as feet.

-- Terry

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#1 posted 08-01-2015 10:25 PM

Oh how fast they fill up! – great job

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 06:41 PM

I need something like this, all I have at present are shelves and they are always full of dust. Nice job!

-- The craftsman is his own harshest critic... Jeff (me)

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