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Forum topic by DragonLady posted 12-21-2010 03:06 AM 816 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DragonLady

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12-21-2010 03:06 AM

I would like to make a kitchen utensil caddy, and have had an idea knocking around in my head for a while. But I don’t know exactly how to go about it.

I would like to make a long box with two stepped compartments. My issue is how to turn this into an actual design. See the sketch!

The first idea is a tall box for the back portion, and then an open-ended box attached for the front portion.

The second idea is one solid box with stair sides, and then sliding in a divider for the face of the tall end.

How would you make this? and how should I do the bottom? groove and a panel like a drawer?

Does any of this make sense to anyone that doesn’t live in my head?

VERY novice woodworker, I’ve made only simple shop projects so far.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!


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#1 posted 12-21-2010 04:24 AM

I like the stair step idea. You could cut the 2 “L” shapes to match and then cut ends (2 tall one short) to make an easier construction. A removable bottom isn’t a bad idea either so that you can clean it occasionally. Maybe some dowels in a lattice pattern on the tops of the “boxes” to make little holders/separators?
Show us when you are done!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 05:36 AM

Thanks, Jack. The problem I’m having with the design is the piece of wood in between the two portions.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 05:42 AM

If you meqn the one that separates the small and tall sections, you could make it the same dimensions as the back, 2 tall (back and middle), one short ( in front). You would have butt joints at the short and tall end but, with the right wood and finish, there is nothing wrong with that style and it’s actually a pleasant looking joint when air tight.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 07:04 AM

Dragon Lady, I agree with Jack on the step design myself. The piece that separates the 2 portions wouldn’t be to big of a deal to do. Just make a combination rabbet/dado, set up your dado set or router to make the rabbet for the top portion and just follow through with the cut making the dado all in one cut and slide your portion in place and fasten the rabbet in place and leave the portion in the dado free.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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