File Cabinet

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Project by Alan Maude posted 02-17-2012 08:34 AM 1224 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post to Lumberjocks. This is a two drawer file cabinet built using plans from Rockler. The cabinet is made out of Birch plywood for the top and sides, edge banding is Cherry and Mahogany and the drawer fronts are Maple. This project was fairly straight forward with the exception of the drawer fronts. Maple makes Oak look like a soft wood. I should have made the drawer fronts from narrower width stock using biscuits. The board I purchased was over 14 inches wide. Since it was not perfectly flat it was difficult to cut square. Also cutting the raised panels on my table saw was a bit nerve wracking due to the hardness of the wood. In the first photo you will notice imperfect alignment of the top drawer front with the case. The project is finished with three coats of clear gloss polyurethane finish. My next project with be a library table. Any suggestions regarding styles, plans and dimensions would be welcome.

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 10:46 AM

“Don’t be so hard on the beaver, Ward.”

You sound discouraged in your post, and you shouldn’t be. We can be our own worst critic. I like alot of the elements you brought into your design. Yes, raised panels on the table saw can be tough, flatness is a key issue no matter what process you employ. If you use biscuits on a raised panel, be careful with your layout. A flat glue up only to expose a biscuit when raising would be a worse disaster. Joint your edges, use clamping cauls and go for the glue up. The glue joint will hold with no biscuits involved.

14” wide hard maple, NICE!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 12:20 PM

Very well done! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#3 posted 02-17-2012 02:43 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 02:49 PM

it sure looks good to me.

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