Fairly simple shelves and cabinets.

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Forum topic by ScottinTexas posted 12-19-2013 12:58 AM 1016 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 12:58 AM

Any and all feedback would be helpful.

I need some shelves and storage space and ran across the picture below which is close to what I had in mind.

Only difference is I don’t have a “nook” for it so it will be pretty much free-standing.

I was planning to do dovetail dados for the shelves (I have a Porter Cable jig and have done some test runs) and have the front edge of the shelves and side supports gently rounded over (using a router table.) That part is pretty straightforward and am comfortable with in theory. I’m going to assemble the shelf portion in two parts – left and right set of two side pieces and x shelves so the middle will be twice as thick as the sides with either a line visible (not ideal but I may cover it with trim or something. Using 1×12 (Select Pine from HD – hope I don’t regret this :-) ) so the shelves will be 11.25 inches deep.

For the bottom “casement” I have already glued up (I have a biscuit jointer) some 1×12 with some 1×8 so the result will be ~ 18.5 inches deep. How I’m going to attach the tops to the sides and that to the bottom I’m not sure yet. I may do metal brackets (hold on, hear me out) temporarily and use a technique I’ve seen in older furniture – glueing wooden stock in the corners on the inside so you get a long grain bond. Either way it will have some backing on it (suggestions? I have a strange desire to use tongue and groove siding material) which will help reinforce it.

And at the very last it will sit on a “skirt” of 1×6 to raise it up and be recessed for a “kickspace” like a kitchen cabinet would.

OK, if you are still reading at this point I’m very grateful.

The final part would be the “facing” and the doors. The doors I will figure out something (a project on its own) but the facing is another part that is worrying me. I was going to get some 1×3 material and kinda create the opening for the doors and also the substance which the doors will hang off of.

I know I should probably think about what hinges I could get BEFORE all that….

Anwyay, again I know that is a lot to read. I just don’t have anyone with experience that can look at it and spot any flaws. So thank you all who got this far.

Oh, and I plan to paint it so not worried about grain pattern and stuff. I could even use wood filler in spots that are a problem.

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