|Forum topic by DoctorJ||posted 03-06-2011 02:28 AM||2078 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-06-2011 02:28 AM
I’m making a two-side cabinet out of 3/4” birch plywood, roughly 30” high, 18” wide, 24” deep and will have drawers on one side (about 14” deep) and shelves on the other (about 9” deep) . I’ve cut the ends, bottom and interior divider that separates the drawer side from the shelf side and have run dados/rabbets so I can glue them up. The bottom sits in rabbets cut into the bottom of the end pieces and the divider sits into dados cut into the bottom and both sides. I will attach triangular blocks in the upper, corners of the drawer and shelf compartments to give me a place to screw the top down.
Here’s my question. When I do a dry fit assembly, I can clamp the bottom into the rabbets on the two ends and will plan to glue and nail the bottom to the ends and to the bottom of the divider. I’m reluctant to shoot pins or nails into the “show” side of the ends and am hoping that glue will be sufficient. I can’t seem to find a good way to clamp along the height of the cabinet to make sure the divider is fully seated in the dados on either end. I can clamp at the top and bottom, but the center is left to chance.
I’ve considered making some kind of caul that would apply pressure across the side, but I think it it will tend to bow in when pressure is applied.
Any help would be most appreciated.
PS – my apologies if this type of question has already been asked and answered but I couldn’t find a forum search tool. There has to be one, right?