First "big" project

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Project by CincyRW posted 11-22-2013 06:03 PM 1408 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple bathroom cabinet (for the basement bathroom). We really didn’t need a cabinet there, but it was a good excuse to do a little skill building project. Made lots of mistakes (75% of which were due to being in a hurry), but that was the whole point. Primary objective was to learn – secondary objective was to have a place to put my woodworking magazines and cleaning stuff in the “man” bathroom. Both objectives accomplished.

Messed around with the Kreg joints a little – You can see the plugs in the picture – I’m really not concerned about the appearance, in fact I think they actually add a little interest. I found out quickly that this is a difficult system to use on stock much less than 3/4” (the shelves on the case are 1/2”). If I get the screw in deep enough that the plug covers all of it, it starts to split and pull through the wood and “bulge” out ahead of the pocket hole. However, for the 3/4” stock, it worked just fine and was pretty slick (and fun) to use.

Attached the face frames with a tip I picked up on this site – started a nail, and cut off the end, then stuck the face frame onto the carcass. Very slick!

I don’t have a router yet, so all the roundovers are done by hand. It would have really come in handy when I was trying to cut the rabbet in the back of the carcass to put the 1/4” back on. I didn’t have any other way to do this than on the table saw so you can see it on the side (because you cant plunge into wood with a table saw). No worries. There’s a very good chance I’ll find a Bosch router under the Christmas tree this year.

I finished it with a light coat of cherry stain and 2 coats of satin poly. The finish is OK, but many imperfections in good light.

My wife and I are talking about making some book cases for our little office this winter – this was a perfect skill and confidence builder for that. I had a lot of fun with this project.

2 questions for anyone who’s read this far –
- When using the Kreg plugs in 3/4” plywood, almost all of the plug is left sticking up above the pocket hole – 1) is this normal? 2) What do you use to trim off the top of the plug?

Thanks for taking a look.

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 06:37 PM

Great first project ,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 07:21 PM

Very nice shelf. I like the way you thought to build so the toe room is not fighting with your trim when set in place. I use the kreg in lots of projects. I usually try to make sure the holes are in a place that I don’t need a plug but in practice I found a sander with 100 grit clears it down smooth in no time. Then up your grit to final sanding, usually 220. If this helps any. I use the same method when using dowels to hide screws and works great for me. Again, nice shelf.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 11-23-2013 12:13 AM

Looks like it should be real handy….there is no such thing as too much storage space. Great job working with what you got….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 12:20 AM

Well done Sir!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#5 posted 11-23-2013 12:55 AM

You can also use a flush cut saw with those plugs. I use a cheap $10 one from Harbor Freight that works really well.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 11-30-2013 03:06 AM

Great first project! I can tell you honestly my biggest issue with woodworking is being in a hurry too often. Not only can it be dangerous but it really does effect your work. I’ve really been trying work on slowing down, taking my time, and thinking everything through. I guess I’m just so excited to see the end product I don’t spend enough time on the details. Patience is one of the greatest things woodworking has taught me (and still is).

-- David

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