Scrap Custom Dado Cabinet for the Shop

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Project by mtkate posted 06-06-2009 10:04 PM 1715 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Evidently, this cabinet was not made with fine woodworking in mind. I am posting this as an example of something to make out of the scraps of material that seem to accumulate. I have been wanting to make somewhere to store my dado set because it was in a plastic container for years. I knew I had to start building vertically and ended up designing the space to fit whatever I could related to my table saw (insert, wrenches, etc). Since I planned to paint the end product, I really used lots of scrap. The carcass is old 1/2 inch plywood from a wall renovation project. The frames are pine scraps. I did mortise and tenon the joints for practice. The interior of the door is pieces of laminate flooring left over, and I also cut and glued it over the sides and top of the carcass so that they would at least be smooth. I can’t remember where I got the piece of metal tubing (an extension for something I did not throw out) but it came in handy to hang small clamps and glasses.

I am proud of my door. It fits and doesn’t pop open. The doorknob is a great place to put that tape measure I never seem to be able to find… and I store my favorite homemade pushstick on the top.

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#1 posted 06-06-2009 10:06 PM

Good design well done

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 02:10 PM

Good safe place for the Dado blades.

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 03:28 PM

Good idea, practice joinery, protect your dado and organize
Looks great!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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