Roll Around Tool Cabinet #22: Glued and Screwed Caster Base and Breadboard End Top

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 03-07-2017 01:58 AM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I placed the case up on its head so I could pre-drill screw holes from inside the case so the screws would be hidden when I glued and screwed the top on to the case.

I had marked the sides of the case to match the location of the caster base so the caster base would be centered on the case. I also used a rule to mark the locations where I would pre-drill screw locations in order to fasten the caster base onto the cabinet case. I was using #8 – 1 1/4” square head screws to fasten the base panel. I did that after I applied a good amount of Titebond I glue.

I had some poplar plugs left over and i used them with glue to plug the pre-drilled holes.

Once the base panel was fastened I flipped the case over right-side up, onto its casters. Once that was done I double-checked the marks I had made so that the top panel would be centered left to right on the case. This time I poured out more glue onto the case’s top. I placed the breadboard end panel top on the case and tried to clamp it in place while positioning it as it slipped and slid as it would with the slippery glue between the top panel and case’s top. Once I had two clamps on this top to hold it in placed I began fastening the top panel to the case with wood screws,

Before I finished for the day, I used some maple wood putty to fill in some of the gaps on the case.

Tomorrow I hope to glue together my seven drawers. I noticed my bottom drawer false front was not installed centered on the drawer front. It is skewed to one side. My best solution at this stage is to trim the side that has 1/4 inch more added to its side as viewed from the front. I may be able to take this trimmed part and glue it to the short side by using a thin spline. I will analyze this option further.

-- --- Happy Howie

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