|Project by CincyRW||posted 11-22-2013 06:03 PM||1099 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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.