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Project by SlaterNation posted 03-14-2011 06:19 AM 1997 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a storage cabinet I built along with a lot of help from my brother. It is 3/4” oak ply with an oak face frame. Finish is tung oil and satin poly. I Learned a lot about how to precisely cut dados/rabbits on this project. Many dados needed to line up for this to fit together properly. It isn’t perfectly square but it is pretty close to the naked eye.

There is no hardware, just glue (excluding the french cleat attachment) and it is held together very strong. It is hung on a single french cleat. I thought I was going to need two cleats however I couldn’t get a second one to fit due to my wall being warped pretty severely. Luckily one cleat seems to be holding this thing in without any problem whatsoever.

Things I’d do differently:

  • Use better plywood. Bought some from a big box store and the veneer is so thin. Would have been worth the extra money to go with something better.
  • Addressed tear-out better. Perhaps a lot was due to using crap plywood?
  • I should’ve had the sides extend an extra 3/4” to the rear so the cleat could be fully hidden.

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 08:59 AM

Great job! Looks terrific and obviously holds a ton of stuff.

Yes, warped walls are a pain. Every project is a bit of “live and learn.”

After numerous cleat-mounted pieces, I finally thought ahead enough to hide the french cleat on my laundry room shelf project (if interested, check out my project listing for that one).

I learned another important lesson doing various projects … Don’t start a project and set it aside for a few months or years. I had built the carcass of a base cabinet (future stationary bench), got busy, set it aside, came back to it (roughly) five years later. The centre divider (made of 3/4-inch ply warped / bowed. It was all glued and I couldn’t rip it apart with destroying the wood / rest of the cabinet. Now, I’m the process of finishing it (with matching cupboards above). Challenge is … I’m installing 26-inch long, 75- and 100-lb full-extension sliders in the case for two top drawers and four heavy-duty pull out trays (that will hold power tools). The outer sides of the cabinet are true / flat, the inner divider is bowed affecting the smooth installation of six of the twelve sliders. I’m forced to build one drawer at a time to accomodate the bow in the middle divider. Luckily, the face frame overhang masks the difference in width of slats that the extensions are mounted to.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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