Drill Press Station - Small Shop Challenge #2: Main parts cut and top glued and laminated

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 10-31-2016 04:31 AM 1930 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went and picked up 3 sheets of 3/4 BB and one sheet of 1/2 BB from the local shop on Friday. Today I got out and broke down the ply sheets into rough sized parts using my Makita track saw (which I really like). I had everything cut to about 1/4” over size in about an hour and a half.

The top is a little over 53” in both directions and for stregth I wanted it to be 1 1/2” thick. While I could have cut each layer of the top out of a single piece of 5’x5’ BB ply, that would have resulted in some extra waste. So instead I cut each layer of the top out of two pieces. One large rectangle and one piece with the angled cut on one side. This let me get a little more useful cuts out of the BB sheets and I only needed to buy 3 instead of 4 sheets of the 3/4” ply.

After getting the parts for the top cut, I glued the two large rectangles together to form the basic L shape. Then I added the other pieces one to each side to finish up the rough shape. As it would be difficult to clamp, I used screws from the bottom in a fairly dense pattern to provide the clamping force for the glue to dry.

Once I had the top assembled and the screws in it, I flipped it over and cut the laminate for the top and installed the laminate using contact cement.

While all that was drying, I put away the track saw and moved to the table saw to finish sizing the remaining parts. another couple of hours and I had all the main cabinet parts cut to size along with all the drawer fronts. I then swapped to the dado set and cut the slots in the cabinet sides for the cabinet back, the bottom and a small flat brace about half way up the cabinet to help keep it square.

Tomorrow evening if I can get home from work early enough, I’ll start on the assembly of the two cabinet carcasses and the back corner brace.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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