|Project by Robert Kimmell||posted 01-04-2010 09:50 AM||6654 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
This was a Christmas present to my wife. She has been looking for a commercial storage system for 12×12 craft paper for years. Short of buying a retail rack, there are none. Living in an apartment, I had to make several trips to my fathers workshop.
I am a beginner woodworker, working mostly with MDF. I started by making a set of DIY speakers with a paper backed veneer.
I used a 45 lock miter router bit to joint the corners. This worked very well, very strong joints that are very easy to clamp. I need to fix a bow in the router table to eliminate a snipe issue, but other than that the joints were straight. If I do another set, I am going to make the dados blind, and use a thinner kerf blade so the hardboard shelves fit tighter, the paper sometimes binds in the loose joint when putting it in. I also think I will add 1/2” extra material in the back to do a concealed french cleat mounting system.
This is also my first attempt at painting MDF. I used BIN primer sprayed by a HVLP. This worked very well, I was able to sand and spray a second coat in 45 minutes. I will definitely use this product again. I then used Bear latex paint over this. I do not have a large needle for the hvlp as recommended, I also did not have the latex extender. I ran into a couple runs when I did not move fast enough, which I had to later sand down. This led to probably 5 coats of paint. It was definitely a learning process on spraying latex.
My wife loves the cabinets, and enlisted me to separate her filing box of random paper into each spot. She now wants two more of them so I have more work to do!