Kitchen Cabinets #5: 352 holes

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 11-24-2008 07:11 PM 1497 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was telling people that it was over 400 holes, but though the drawers are about 27×22, the actual grid for the pot separators in the bottoms of these drawers is only 16×22. Still, the enormity of just how many holes I’d set myself up to drill only sunk in after the first hundred. I’d clamped two of these together with a sheet of pegboard on top for stability, and used 1½” of maple block drilled out on the drill press to keep my bit vertical. I put it on a sheet of cheap ply to help reduce tear-out, but if I ever do this again (and haven’t built a CNC router to do it with), I’ll not only clamp the bottom layer in too, but I’ll also use a brad point bit.

However, the bottoms will be hidden, so that’s okay. Need to hit ‘em with the 220 grit sandpaper, and a coat or three of poly, and then we have pot drawers in the kitchen. Separators will be ¼” steel rod.

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-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 11-25-2008 12:35 AM

That’s a lot of drilling. You might think about having a cabinet shop drill the holes with a line boring machine for the next go around. Line borers have lots of bits, ( some have 2 rows ) They can drill

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Dan Lyke

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#2 posted 11-25-2008 01:14 AM

Cool! Thanks for the suggestion. I keep forgetting that cabinet shops are happy to do partial jobs.

I’ve got the motors and controllers lying around, and I keep threatening to build a worm-driven CNC router, but that project is further down the list than little things like “the kitchen”. Farming that project out next time (and I may end up building these drawers again, ‘cause I’m also not completely happy with the Apple Ply I’m using for them) would probably result in cleaner holes on the back side, too.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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