Scrap book cabinet #2: Second addition to the scrap book cabinet

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Blog entry by jjohn posted 04-25-2008 03:09 AM 1748 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off, Let me answer a question asked about this project. I, in fact, realized that I could have cut the dado’s before cutting the length of plywood…....About an hr. after I was into the project while cutting the dado’s. And, yes, it was really an adventure putting all those boards into the dado’s once they were cut. But like my Dad taught me; “One board at a time son, that’s all there is to it”.

Having fun getting it all together and ain’t done yet ! But, I thought I’d share the progress thus far. Got everything together today and assembled the complete carcass. Now comes the real fun. All those drawers. I plan to dovetail each one by hand, so a little prayer might really help about now. I really have no choice because I don’t own a dovetailing jig yet. LOL. I want to dovetail them simply for the look. How stupid am I, anyway ?

Here’s an update picture or two…or three:




After I got it all together I did decide to glue it all up. It is big, but not so big it can’t be moved into the house in one piece.

Also a question. Have any of you used this press board before. How well does the glue stick to it ? Reason for the question I plan to attach oak strips along the front of every panel to dress it up a little. Maybe you know a better way then glue if the board doesn’t take to it well.

-- JJohn

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#1 posted 04-25-2008 03:48 AM

I don’t think she will ever need any more storage.

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

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 04:42 AM

That’s a sweet looking project. thanks for posting te progress. I like this kind of blog.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 11:59 AM

JJ, how thick do you plan to make the Oak strips? If you make them thick enough, you could either spline or biscuit join them to the shelves. Not sure, but I think either PVA or Gorilla glue would hold them well. Good luck.

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 01:22 PM

Thanks Fl

Only planed about 1/2”. I thought about pinning and glue just not sure how well the press board will hold a nail. and if it will swell along the edge where the glue is placed. Wasn’t that concerned about the dado’s, figured that if it swelled it would only help, and there were so many glued places that it would most likely hold the carcass together simple because of the massive amount of them.

I guess I’ll just try doing it to a couple of scrape pieces to see the effect of the final result. I’ll try to remember to post a comment about it on part 3.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 03:39 PM

Gorilla glue tends to foam, squeeze out everywhere and create a mess. They do make a wood veneer “edge banding’ that has a hot melt glue on the back. You apply this with an iron. Trims and sands easily leaving a nice edge.

There’s also a router bit set (this is getting expensive now) that routes a rounded or v-shaped groove in your panel. The other bit carves (routes) the reverse groove in the edging material, then you glue the two together. It’s great for large production jobs where you want like a 1” thick breadboard edge. Anything wider than that I’d go with bisquets…and I do. And I just did too, on my last project.

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 05:01 PM

:-) I came on LJ this morning hoping to do a search for “ScrapBook” to get some inspiration for a similar project for my girlfriend. Instead I hit the recent projects and recent blogs as I normally do and lo and behold, I saw your post from just a few hours ago :-)

I like the design with the individual cubbies for the different papers, but is there a reason you used such thick stock for the paper shelves? In the one I was planning to make I was thinking of something closer to 1/4” The paper isn’t extremely heavy and it only has to span 12 1/2”

Also, what is the spacing between your paper shelves?

The only other thing I might add to round out this project would be something to hold spools of ribbon(with a dowel to run through their spools) I’m not sure about your wife, but my girl friend uses ribbon on almost every page… so it would be nice to have it close at hand and on display to ‘Fuel’ her creativity… :-)

EDIT: Just read part #1… I see you had the ribbon idea too… ;-)

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 02:30 AM

I left you a message on the home page message board detailing all the dim. and such. Hope it helps.

-- JJohn

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