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Forum topic by pjk91 posted 03-15-2014 03:12 AM 971 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2014 03:12 AM

I need some help designing my first project using “good” wood. 60”Wx20”Dx20”H. 2 equally sized drawers on the right, two open spaces equally spaced in the middle column and a door on the left.

Plasma weighs approximately 80lbs, components which go inside weigh about another 100lbs. After looking at several of the local chains (Ethan Allen, Crate and Barrel, etc), I couldn’t justify paying that kind of money on a piece which isn’t made of a wood.

I plan to build the carcase out of walnut veneered 3/4 plywood and have the local hardwood dealer mill me a solid 4/4 Walnut for the top. I don’t own any hand planes and have no way of making a rough piece of wood flat and straight yet. I do have a new Jet proshop tablesaw which I recently tuned with a tool to within .003 so I can make straight cuts.

How do I build the carcase to hold up all this weight? I don’t want to use screws, so specifically, the joinery. Should the sides have dadoes to accept the bottom? The back will also be 3/4 baltic birch (inset) with strategically placed holes for wire management purposes. Shelves will be dadoed into the side and vertical divider. Door will be frame and stile solid walnut frame with plywood panel, inset into frame. Rest of face will solid walnut face framed.

Any advice, pointers or things I can do differently?

-- --Patrick

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 09:04 PM

I think your approach of using dadoes is fine, and if you do a good job on your joinery you shouldn’t have any problem at all with 80 pounds. You might also add some corner blocks at the top of your carcase to strengthen it and minimize wracking.

Here is a free media cabinet plan that might give you some ideas:

-- PaulMayer,

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