|Forum topic by EastoftheDitch||posted 08-07-2012 04:12 PM||1557 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-07-2012 04:12 PM
I hope this is the right place for this posting, as it’s my first on this forum -
I’m setting up a shop for my “retirement” hobby – hopefully creating something more useful than designer sawdust. My first project is making the Wood magazine’s Mobile Tool Cabinet – actually two of them. I’ll be so glad to get my stuff organized so I don’t have to remember which box I stored it in.
The project called for 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood, but being the cheapskate I am, I picked up 5 sheets of 3/4 MDF at the Habitat ReStore for $10/sheet. I hope I haven’t sabotaged my plan already by not using the Birch Ply since I’ve already cut all the pieces for assembly.
First question – I have a new Kreg pocket jig which I have enjoyed for the lack of gluing and clamping. Will this technique work for assembly with their 1 1/4” coarse thread pocket screws? I’m not sure what kind of glue I would even use on the slick pre finished maple colored surface.
Second question – the shelves are 4 1/8” and 10 1/2” 3/4” MDF 22 1/8” long on adjustable steel shelf standards. The plans call for a 1 1/4” edging ripped from the same material as the shelves. I have a couple of problems with that -
a – the rip edge that will be showing will look pretty nasty for a finished product
Third – The finish on the panels don’t all match so I was thinking of painting the interior and exterior different colors (tan and burgundy) but was wondering if paint would adhere to the slick surface. Any special primer or paint type you could recommend? Also – if I go the edge banding route is there a paint grade veneer so I don’‘t have to paint over some prefinished cherry banding.
Well I guess that’s it for now. At least I made my insomnia productive, just in time for my wife to get up so we can go to the gym and try to keep these decaying bodies working as long as we can.
Thanks in advance -