|Project by gerrym526||posted 09-24-2010 10:41 PM||2701 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I built this cabinet from an article in Sept/Oct 2008 Fine Woodworking of the same title. The only major dimension changed from the plan show is that the width of the cabinet was reduced from 6 feet to 5 feet, since I’m not planning on buying the largest flat screen TV made. Materials are cherry ply, cherry hardwood, baltic birch drawer stock and black 1/4 melamine. Finish is 6 coats of General Gel Topcoat, sanded between coats with 1200 grit paper, and finished with paste wax. Drawer pulls were from a local cabinet hardware supllier, and I have my wife to thank for finding these economically priced ones (there were others that ran about $30 each, but these we got for $8 apiece, with no discernable difference in quality from the expensive ones).
Some highlights/learning experiences from the project-
1) Really learned how to use my biscut joiner on this project, and will use it for cabinet carcases going forward.
2) Joinery=biscuits, screws, and glue. The author of the article used only biscuits and screws, claiming they held forever. I didn’t believe him, so used glue as well. However LJ’s take note-I only applied glue to the slots and the biscuits-NOT THE ENTIRE EDGE OF THE PANEL LIKE MOST OF YOU RECOMMEND. The result was the same amount of strength (I’m 190, and stood on the carcass after glue-up), with no huge glue squeeze out mess.
3) If I did the project again, would modify the face frame design. What the plan called for was the fitting of lots of individual pieces of face frame with biscuits-a huge amount of labor added to the project.
4) Liked using baltic birch drawer stock with simple drawer joints-here I saved time over building dovetailed drawers and still liked the way the drawers came out.
5) Had all carcass components pre-cut at the hardwood lumber yard-only added $20 to the cost of the lumber, and saved a huge amount of time. Will employ this approach on future cabinet projects.
6) Black melamine for drawer bottoms and back panel-liked the look of this material.
7) Accuride drawer slides-1st time I used these on a project (used Blum until now)-definitely sold on their quality.
8) Finishing-it takes a long time to wipe on 6 coats of Gel Topcoat! Thank you Charles Neill for suggesting 1200grit sanding between coats-what a difference in the finish quality.
This was to be my wife’s 2009 Xmas present, but turned out to take longer than I planned (my wife is used to waiting for me to finish projects-LOL!). She’s ecstatic about how it turned out, so I’m happy too.