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Project by lrob posted 11-28-2011 08:43 PM 3744 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this Dovetail Jig cabinet. I upgraded the jig which I have mounted to an old bench in the corner. It was always in the way to use the bench, so I decided to make it moble. The frame was made from some recycled spruce I had in the shop and the top was a panel of an old door. The unit is about 20” x 20” x 36”. The casters are lockable so the thing won’t move and they were scrapped form and old machine they were throwing out at work. As you can see I took full advantage of the jig on the cabinet drawers. The drawers are 6” high and have plenty of room in them for all the router and dovetail parts. The drawer side was finished out with scrap cherry and rounded over with a 3/4” round over bit. The sides are pine raised panels that I glued up from an old dresser I got at the recyling center. The handles came from the old dresser. Everything was recyled accept the glue, drywall screws and nails. I think is came out pretty good.

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!





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Hallmark

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 09:10 PM

Great idea and lots of useful storage, well done. BTW; your not the only one that has the jig get in the way.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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bch

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 12:56 AM

Beautiful cabinet, and all repurposed materials. Most excellent. and the dovetails are of course, beautiful. Too nice for my shop!

-- --bch

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 01:58 AM

Nice useful cabinet. I like a dedicated workspace!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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getlostinwood

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 03:45 AM

The cabinet is pretty nice but the pencil holder, that is a piece of art….. great looking piece but after spending 20 minutes tonight looking for my pencil my priorities may be a bit skewed

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 09:27 AM

Nice job! Added to my faves since I’ll eventually have that jig. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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MoshupTrail

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 01:13 PM

Gotta say, I’m very impressed with the amount of re-purposing/recycling of other pieces you did to make this. That’s just plain cool! But I did have some questions about the construction. In the second photo I see what appear to be drawer slides that seem to be flush with the frame front. But in the first and fifth pictures I see cross pieces between each drawer. I’m wondering how those were attached? Or are they just a facing material with no structural role? Got a picture with the drawers out that shows that better?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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ChesapeakeBob

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 04:03 PM

Great looking project! I also would like to see a photo of the drawer slide details.

(Are those drawer pulls on upside down?)

Thanks!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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lrob

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#8 posted 11-29-2011 04:55 PM

Thank you all for the comments. To answer some questions.

1. No the pulls are not upside down. The handles were just all up when I took the picture
2. The cross pieces in the front were attached with pocket screws from the back and glued
3. The drawer slides themselves are milled scrap spruce 1 1/2” x 1” x 19 1/2” and are glued and counter sunk screwed to the front and back upright posts. The raised panel sides are glued and screwed from the inside, so they add stablity to the slide as well.
4. The pencil holder is something I put on all my cabinets and was made from milled scrap spruce.

Hope this helps,

Larry

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 11-29-2011 06:36 PM

I’m envious, jealous, and inspired by your work. If these are for your storage what will you produce for fine furniture?

I believe in using old materials w/new..”wabi sabi”

Great visuals and matching of patterns and structure!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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ChesapeakeBob

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#10 posted 11-29-2011 08:02 PM

Lrob,

Thanks for the follow-up. Do the drawers simply sit on top of the horizonatl pieces that you installed inside the cabinet? We’s love one more photo of the drawer slide detail.

Great job!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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lrob

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#11 posted 11-29-2011 09:59 PM

The drawers just slide on top of the rails which are glued and screwed with 2 wood screws in each vertical spuce post as you can see in the forth photo. The other counter sunk holes in the rail are for the screws taht hold the side raised panels in.

Larry

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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