|Project by Greg||posted 02-05-2011 06:58 AM||24501 views||135 times favorited||34 comments|
This past summer, I made these cabinets for my shop. My goal was to come up with a design that:
1. was Functional
2. Simple to construct
3. Inexpensive to construct
4. Looked good
5. Minimized material waste
Materials include 2×4 studs, 2×6s ripped in half, OSB, and 1/8” hardboard. The materials for the drawer boxes are all different (material selection evolved with each supplement to the overall project)...I settled on pine boards. This entire project can can be made with just a table saw and a drill. However, I started dovetailing my drawers with a jig and a router. I would consider this a beginner level project.
The general construction process was:
1. Make the top. Rabbet 2×4s to accept layers of OSB and a layer of hardboard (I used 2 layers of OSB). I assembled the top using 3 inch screws driven in like a pocket screw. If you cut the rabbets by making 2 cuts, you will end up with a nice collection of stickers or sticks to mark plants in your garden.
2. Make and attach legs. I cut dados in the legs to accept hardboard for the sides. I then cut top and bottom horizontal pieces also with dados to complete the side and back panel. I added a chamfer when I remembered to dress it up. All were attached to the top with the top upside down on a work surface (the floor for me).
3. Make the drawer boxes and drawer fronts. I made the drawer fronts by ripping a 2×4 into 3 pieces each with an actual dimension of 1×1.5”. I then added a 45 degree chamfer on the table saw to dress it up a bit. The frames are made with a rail and stile construction method. I used full extension drawer slides. Learn from my experience – 48” wide drawers are too wide, 36” or less works much better. For me, 30” was ideal.
4. Make the doors. I made the doors using the same method as the drawer fronts except that I used a 2×6 ripped in half for the frame.
For the rest, I just improvised using many of the same methods described above. I used screws and glue for most of the joinery. I tryed to place the screws in an inconspicuous location when I could (i.e. from the inside).
The last cabinet of this style that I made was one to hold my planer (not pictured). I tried to see how fast I could get it done. It is 40” wide, has 2 doors and no drawers. It took about 4 hours to complete.
-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people