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09-10-2014 06:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry question joining

I’m building an entry way locker out of cherry for some friends, and I’m almost ready to finish assembly. The base is about 20” deep and a little over 36” wide. The top cabinet is about 12” deep and almost as wide as the base. So my question is, how would you keep the top and base aligned? I was thinking of using a few 1/4” dowels and slide the top onto the base when installing the whole piece in their house. Or I thought of adding some solid cherry to the inside panels of the top cabinet, where it would meet the base and putting a few screws from the base up to align it and hold in place a little bit. The sides of the top are 1/2” plywood.

Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks.

-- Fladdy

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 08:05 PM

Dowels will work but, if the top section is tall, there is a danger of it tipping or falling.
I would attach with screws from the underside if possible.


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#2 posted 09-11-2014 04:15 AM

Will it be positioned against a wall? If so, I would secure the uppers to the wall with long screws. These things can get a lot of pressure on them, particularly if there are kids in the house (which is usually when you would want lockers). Securing to the wall ensures that it won’t tip onto a kid who is climbing on it, or pulls hard on something that is snagged on a hook.

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 01:03 AM

This will be against a wall so I could screw it to the wall. There are no little kids in the house anymore. They are all at college.

Thanks for the input. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

-- Fladdy

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