Art Deco TV Table #13: Help Your Shelf

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Blog entry by newTim posted 12-19-2015 01:16 PM 1014 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry folks. Surgery, recovery, PT equals an unforgivable delay. One of the many critical items on this project are the shelves. They not only support the drawers, but also connect the cabinet parts and determine whether the sides are going to end up plumb, square, and parallel. So here’s the short story on the shelves.

I used various items to ensure the drawers lined up relative to the sides. I used 1/16” angle aluminum that I got at the big box for spacing. I use these on regular drawers too. These pictures show the shelf supports which are attached to the sides at the appropriate height, and the shelves are then attached to these.

When you determine the correct angle (dimensions) of the shelves all three can be cut at the same time. They all have to be the same in order to ensure the cabinet sides are plumb. I am blessed to have a couple of tools that made this job very easy and enjoyable.

The combination of patience, accurate drawings (cut lines), and the Festool allows for quick set ups and precise cuts so the parts all fit together.

The shelves are 1/2” plywood and were all cut together. The Festool jigsaw cuts perfectly square with a smooth finish.

Each drawer front extends below its own bottom by the 1/2” need to cover up the shelf. This is so well done a lot of people have asked me what is supporting the drawers. After the shelves are connected to the (3) sides I lined up each drawer in its own slot and marked their position (bottom, middle, top), and fit the drawer runner for each.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 04:05 AM


I’m envious of your quality tools! It certainly does help to have a tool that can maintain a perfect 90. But my $9.99 after rebate ToolShop tools are a close second . . . NOT!

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