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Project by Ccl2011 posted 12-28-2014 06:02 PM 2023 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


New post… Getting back into woodworking after some military time. I’ve become a site fan and thought I’d share on lumberjocks. This project is nothing fancy; just a quick check to see if I could could make a simple cabinet to hold tools.

Due to work constraints, it isn’t finished; however, I thought I’d show the progress so far. With some more time and a trip to the re-store for hardware, it will get finished.

I went with a sheet good called “blonde wood” from the blue store. I’m on the fence about tthis product. I used it because it was $30 a sheet, and I saved over birch ply. It turned out to be very brittle, and tore out on almost all of my cuts. If I had to do it again, I would have used birch ply. But, this was supposed to be a cabinet, in the garage, that gets moved a lot.

The scraps however were great for corner brackets, jigs, and other quick fixes.

Now back to the cabinet. It’s a standard base cabinet, with the pieces fitting in dados. I don’t own a biscuit jointer, but found a pocket jig to to be fantastic for fastening and clamping. I saved on the kreg screws by using appropriate length pan-head screws. Also, it worked out well to let the screws close the dado joint and let the glue set.

Hope you guys like it.

If anyone has tips/tricks for pocket jigs, or cutting dados and rabbets with a router. I would enjoy your feed back.

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 09:12 PM

great cabinet and welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 11:40 PM

I don’t have any tips or anything, doesn’t look like you need any :) nice job.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 06:38 PM

Got talked into that blonde ply when they were out of birch at Lowes.

I would not even consider it again, as you said, clean cuts are impossible.

Nice job by the way

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 07:31 PM

Ccl2011, the only tips I have are to look on eBay for the Kreg screws. I bought 1000 1 1/4”, 1000 1 1/2” and 500 2 1/2” for around $30 including shipping.
1500 of these weren’t true Kreg screws, but according to my mike, they are exactly the same dimensions.

The other tip is to drill holes in the dado, not very big, install the the upright, then drill locating holes and insert dowels.
After that use the pocket hole screws to your heart’s content.

Using the dowels helps insure the panels are exactly the same on either side.

Oh, almost forgot the last tip: Don’t buy Borg or Bluebox wood. If you have to use it, put a piece of scrap wood on either side to stop the tearout.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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