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07-07-2013 07:38 PM

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I am wanting to build / rebuild some rolling shop cabinets. The ones I have are cheap at best and not built really well. They were some of the first things I built and were made on my really cheap old table saw so I’d really like to rebuild them now that I have a bit more knowledge and skill (and a better saw). What I would like is for the all 5 sides to be properly grooved (don’t start on grooves v dadoes v rabets) so that they’ll actually hold up to some punishment. The problem is, I’m not really sure how to go about designing something like this because I never have before. I’ve done a brief search of the inter-webs and not really found anything.
Any help is appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 07:50 PM

Assuming you want to built in sheet material, for
maximum durability I would recommend building
the carcases around a 3/4” thick back, so instead
of slipping the back into a groove or nailing and
gluing it on, you cut the top and bottom to the
exact same width as the back and attach the sides
to that u-shaped assembly. Pre-drilling and
screwing is very strong, adding glue if you like.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 08:24 PM

If you can afford it, use 3/4” Baltic Birch for your cabinets. They will last forever, but even big box A-B plywood will work. Don’t even think about using MDF. It will fall apart in no time and it absorbs moisture.

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