Scrap book cabinet #1: Progress of latest project

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Blog entry by jjohn posted 04-24-2008 04:31 AM 1956 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yet another project in the making. My wife asked me to build her a scrap book cabinet to put all her many papers and books, glues, tapes, ribbons, etc. Enough to build a 5 ft. by 5 ft. by 14” deep with about 20ish slots for paper, 10 drawers, ribbon holders (which I haven’t quite figured out yet) shelves to hold the many albums she has already made.

Using 3/4 ply. with oak veneer. (Lowes on sale) and press board 1/2 thick. Also plan to use some oak facing on the drawers, and popular for sides and back on the drawers.
Wish me luck…LOL
Here’s a look see of the plan I drew up and a couple of pictures of the start.



All dado’s are cut for the inside slats and drawers for both sides. (Next picture).


First side dry fitted together. Everything seems ok at this point. (Next Picture).


At this point both sides have been glued, and now the dry fit for the shelves. Also at this point I have run out of ply. So…Off to Lowes for another one. (Next two pictures).


Still missing two main shelves. Top one and bottom one. The top two shelves (Top one missing) will have several more dado’s cut for the upright slats.
Hope to have more pictures soon for part 2.


-- JJohn

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 04:41 AM

You have a nice start on this project. I will enjoy seeing the finished product.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-24-2008 07:35 AM

Looks great so far!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-24-2008 01:54 PM

Looks like a great idea! Are you rigging it to come apart for transport? Big unit.

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#4 posted 04-24-2008 02:16 PM

hey Dadoo;

You know, I could screw the middle shelves into the sides to break it apart. Hadn’t thought about that. It will be a very heavy piece of furniture when completed. I’ll let you know in my next part of the series what I decided.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 04-24-2008 10:52 PM

I can only imagine how much fun you had aligning all the shelves in the dados. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like you ripped the ply then did the dados with the sides clamped together. Is there any reason not to do the dados on the ‘sheet’ then rip the sides? Looks great, cant wait to see the progress you make.

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 12:59 AM

Either way of doing the dados will work but ripping the sheet last would add stability to the sheet. Regardless, this will be a nice lookin’ project once complete. Keep us posted JJ!

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#7 posted 04-25-2008 01:14 AM

This is great. I guess. I may think different if my wife sees it, and I have to build one. I really like the design, though. Good use of space. She could get a lot of “stuff” on this unit. Post it when it’s finished and I guess I’ll have to hit the “favorite” button.

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#8 posted 04-25-2008 02:50 AM

Its projects like this that cause domestic problems for other woodworkers :-) Coming along nicely. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 04-25-2008 02:59 AM

Now thats one solid looking structure. Great design.

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