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03-05-2015 10:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: faceless construction cabinet construction

I posted a while back as I was working out the design. I’m starting to cut wood tomorrow and I have some final questions. Here are a couple of Sketchup images of what I am building:

All the material is 3/4” Baltic birch. The doors will be edged with poplar. Just the cabinet alone will heavy and there will be 120-150 golf clubs in the bottom two sections.
The lower two sections are for clubs that will go across. The upper section will be for shoes and other gear.
The base and partitions are rabbeted to inset the sides and backs.
Will glue be enough to hold this together? I can’t figure out how to add screws or brads without making them visible.
Suggestions on how to make this structurally sound would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 10:16 PM

As I sit here in the snowy wilds of Michigan I patiently await the coming of Spring and the return of golf.

I see one issue that you should consider. I think you are going to get very tired of having to fish around to get the club shaft onto the correct second shelf as you slide it in. The shelves should have one continuous piece across the width of the cabinet. Note that this does not mean that they have to be made from really thick stock. The pieces you have shown can do the job of supporting the weight, but I think some sort of shelf to guide the club as you slide it in would be good. A thin piece of plywood, perhaps let into dados on the front and back panels, should do the job.

As far as the strength questions you raise, I don’t think that simply gluing the cross members in the bottom of the case to the side would be the way to go. Perhaps they should rest on cleats attached to the front and back with screws. I would put the shelves in the top section into dados on the ends and perhaps along the back as well if you have big feet and heavy shoes :-)

Otherwise, you might consider pocket screws all round (for added strength, not as a replacement for the glue), but it might be a challenge to drill some of them.

Just adding another thought. If you go with the plans as dawn and glue the supports in the bottom sections how will you get them in place and hold them in place as the glue sets?

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#2 posted 03-06-2015 10:59 PM

Kazoo man – my initial design was similar to your suggestion. I went with this layout for two reasons -1. Weight. This is going to be really heavy and I wanted to save weight. 2- clubs will not be going in and out. This is for my old clubs and I will be able to get more clubs on each shelf.
I appreciate your input and hope the snow clears soon.

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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