Big cabinet for the new home #2: This thing will be heavy!

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Blog entry by Lalen posted 05-10-2018 03:13 AM 858 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I got started breaking down the plywood parts. 10 sheets of 3/4, this thing is really going to be heavy.

Components of the big cabinet. 3 carcasess and 3 drawer boxes will be plywood.

I got Lowes to do the initial breakdown. but just one cut each sheet of plywood. The only thing cut to final size was the backs. at 33” by 96” I didnt want to trim them if I didnt have to. so I hoped they would give me a nice square cut.. They came out fine though a little rough. rough edges will be buried in rabbets or on the back of cabinet so no issues. All others I just had them bisect length wise to make easier to handle.

I used some of the same plywood to make a temporary, large panel cutting cross cut sled. Got pretty lucky getting it square on the first set up. I used 5-cut method to test and came out within .0015” of per inch. The widest finish cut I will make is 20” so .03” over the distance is not bad I think. I’m not messing with it.

Not much else to see yet. Just roughed out parts. 3 backs, 6 sides an 12 pieces that will be the tops, bottoms and fixed, structural shelves. I’ll need to pick up more for the adjustable shelves.

All the off-cuts currently stuffed under my out-feed table will become the drawer boxes. Since the dimensions of the cabinet is greater than 8’x8’ Its been hard not to waste, but using the 3/4 for drawers even though overkill will use a lot of it.

Next steps, trim to final size, then rabbets and dados.

As always, I welcome any ideas or feedback!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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