Mobile Desk Drawers

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Blog series by SirFatty updated 07-08-2012 03:52 PM 8 parts 39205 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

06-10-2012 10:45 PM by SirFatty | 2 comments »

It may be 90 degrees here in the Chicago suburbs, but that is no excuse to stay out of the garage! Today I started work on the mobile drawers to match the two desks I previously built. Each unit will be four drawers, each utilizing 3/4 drawer extensions and lockable casters. The goal is for me today is to start the side panels. Each will be pine with an MDF core. When completed, it will look much like a cabinet door (for now). Dado set with the ZCI and sacrificial fence: The boar...

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Part 2: Finishing the side panels

06-17-2012 01:50 AM by SirFatty | 0 comments »

Another really hot day in Chicagoland… Cut the MDF inserts for the panels. Glued in place, no fasteners used. What’s that saying about clamps? Next, the stretchers that connect the two side panels are attached with glue and pocket screws. That’s it for today, I’ll get back out there when the temp comes down a bit!

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Part 3: Side Assembly

06-20-2012 01:00 AM by SirFatty | 0 comments »

Just a little time available to work… attached two sides together with glue and pocket screws. It’s starting to take shape. Using some recycled wood, as you can see. It’ll be hidden, so (at least for now), I’m not too worried about that. Tiger, the shop cat!

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Part 4: Drawer Slides and Drawer Blanks

06-24-2012 12:46 AM by SirFatty | 0 comments »

With the cases assembled and glue dried, it’s time to mount the drawer slides. I started to manually measure the location for each slide… But quickly realized that a quicker, more accurate way to lay out the lines would be a mini story pole. Once the center lines were laid out, then it was time to install the slides. I used an awl to create a pilot for the 7/16” drill bit needed for the screws. I also used a 3/4” scrap to position the slides. Next, I...

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Part 5: Not so productive today...

06-24-2012 09:13 PM by SirFatty | 2 comments »

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I cut all the drawer blanks in preparation for today’s work. Unfortunately, most of the wood cupped overnight. So I had to scrap about 75% of the pine pieces. So, there is a lesson about the free wood. I guess you get what you pay for! I was able to salvage four of the drawer assembles, I put those together with glue, brads and clamps. I got to use two of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master clamps, and will be writing a review later (spoiler:...

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Part 6: Fitting the drawers

06-28-2012 12:33 AM by SirFatty | 0 comments »

Some time on my hands tonight, so I mounted some of the drawers. Using an awl, I created pilot holes for the drill bit. A bit of tape on the bit so I don’t poke through to the other side. Attached the drawer slides and put them in the cabinet. And that’s it for tonight…

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Part 7: Drawers, Top and Casters

07-01-2012 09:26 PM by SirFatty | 4 comments »

Another scorcher… just did some work in the morning until it go too hot to work in the garage. Made a couple drawers, the last two for this mobile drawer cabinet (I’m building two simultaneously). Then I cut the MDF top, and trimmed it with pine. Using my Nobex saw, I mitered the four corners. Installed the four casters… Just sat the two new drawers in the cabinet, just to make sure the width was ok. Will finish the project this coming weekend. I...

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Part 8: Drawer pulls, adjustment and final sanding.

07-08-2012 03:52 PM by SirFatty | 3 comments »

Saturday was another brutal, muggy day. Until about 5:00p and then the temp dropped about 15 degrees. Finally, I can work in the garage without risking a heat stroke! Mounted the drawer pulls, one set of stainless and one set painted black. Since the drawer fronts are double thick, I had to counter sink with a forstner bit so the screw could reach the drawer pull. Next step is several coats of poly and then another project is done!

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