Drill Press Cabinet #1: Getting Started - Building the Carcass

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Blog entry by hjt posted 06-18-2018 02:27 AM 2232 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back, I built a flip table with the idea of mounting my drill press on one side. But with the table was not as sturdy as I had hoped, and this 1950’s drill press weighs in at 97 pounds. I saw a pending disaster, so I thought it was not a good idea.

Having never built a cabinet before, and my limited carpentry skills, I began a search hear on LJ as to how to best build a cabinet and came across Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That. Here he showed a great cabinet and a link to his site where I watched a couple of videos over and over.

My boss was throwing out some nice 3/4 lumber I thought I could use. So I brought it home and began.

Using my circ saw, I cut off the rough sections and squared up each piece. What you see here is my circ saw guide.

A new projects certainly calls for new tools! Proud owner of a Kreg Pocket Hole

Attaching the sides to the bottom
Having never used a pocket hole, I may have gone over board with the holes. The cabinet is 17.5 X 25

Sorry no photos of the finished carcass. Next I will attempted to build the drawers – another first.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 06-18-2018 08:37 AM

Now we are cookin!!

Looks like a far better plan, I feel a lot less concerned for your welfare.

As for the amount of pocket holes and screws it looks to be the correct amount.
BTW you cannot have too many, unless of course you cannot fit them all in, and then you have reached your that’s too many (haha)

The construction:- Looks like your getting the hang of it, .... just like knowing how to do the prime cuts !!

Keep up the good work.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 06-18-2018 10:32 AM

that’s the way to go buddy keep up doing sawdust :) :) :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 06-19-2018 02:56 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Harold

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