First Attempt at Building Anything

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Project by Harrybusso posted 04-24-2012 04:07 PM 1389 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. Thought i’d try to build a storage cabinet / mobile drop saw bench that was capable of being both practical and relatively easy considering it was my first attempt at wood working since i left high school 12 years ago. Its just a basic build using plywood and treated pine. Didn’t turn out to bad all things considered plus i’m picking up alot of knowledge with this awesome website as a guide and hands on work. It can only get better :)

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 04:43 PM

Looks good. Once you have your tools in an easy to get to and use mode the projects go a lot more smoothly. Have fun!

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 06:35 PM

Great job. The more you do, the more knowledge you gain. Enjoy the journey.

-- Legalize everything and let Darwin do the rest - George Carlin

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 07:33 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Well your ”First Attempt at Building Anything” must be considered a success, as you have accomplished what you started. A good solid Storage Cabinet.
This project afforded you several experience building opportunities. Tuning up your saw, squaring up your cabinet carcass, making and mounting doors/hinges and you’ve made it portable.

Nicely done.
Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 07:44 PM

Sometimes the biggest roadblock is just getting started. I’m sure that you learned a lots. Now that you’ve gotten the first project out of the way the next one will be easier and you’ll learn a lot from it as well. Just stay with it that way because the more you make to more you learn and pretty soon you’ll be building some things that you never knew you would ever be able to do. Nice going.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 10:02 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Harry,

You have found a great place to learn and a great bunch of guys that will find good things to say about every project you build. This is a place of inspiration and praise!

Your cabinet looks good and sturdy! Looks like your on your way and hope to see more projcects in the future!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 11:33 PM

Great shop cabinet. God job and welcome to L.J.’s.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 04-25-2012 01:49 AM

Great project. Welcome to LJ. You are right, this site is awesome and you can get just about any woodworking question answered quickly and correctly.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#8 posted 04-25-2012 02:13 AM

That’s going to come in very handy ,good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 05:35 AM

welcome to lumberjocks harry, im new too.there are a lot of master craftsmen and women that will help ,its a great site to learn .storage is always welcome around here .i was ashamed to post my first the camera didn’t have a lens out of square to take the picture. :) yours looks good and square and sturdy

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 04:15 PM


Great start! Welcome to the group, I haven’t posted very much either.

A couple of suggestions

Consider buying another set of hinges and cutting the door in half. It will be easier to access the interior if you don’t have to step by that large swinging door—and you won’t have to worry about stuff in front of the cabinet restricting access.

You might add some panels on the ends to tighten up the cabinet and prevent racking when you roll it around.

But great start, keep them coming!


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