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Project by a1Jim posted 01-10-2016 08:37 PM 3753 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Friends
With all of our business paperwork piling up I started building these file cabinets to go under my trestle table but then the boss thought it would fit better in the corner of the office but as one unit,so I switched gears and made adjustments to join the two together. It didn’t turn out to bad for using cheapie pine and left over ply. The true colors looked better and more even but the photos were not the best. Nothing that fancy but it will do the job.


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#1 posted 01-10-2016 08:47 PM

Very nice cabinet sir.

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 08:50 PM

A foursome instead of four one’ees. (that’s a word, I just made it up) Good save. I can’t believe how good the finish looks for just using pine. Good job Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 08:57 PM

Nice one, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 09:10 PM

looks great, what stain did you use?

-- Paul M

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#5 posted 01-10-2016 09:17 PM

Thanks guys.
Paul I used general finishes dye/stain


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#6 posted 01-10-2016 09:42 PM

Mighty Fine work, Practical, economical looks good.

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#7 posted 01-10-2016 09:54 PM

Really nice cabinet Jim

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#8 posted 01-10-2016 10:04 PM

looks great

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#9 posted 01-10-2016 10:44 PM

Beautiful. Just from the pictures I would never have guessed Pine. I really like the dark color.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#10 posted 01-10-2016 10:58 PM

Excellent. Looks terrific.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#11 posted 01-10-2016 11:03 PM

Nice and sturdy—the way they used to make ‘em! None of that flake-board, card-board, fall-apart crap here! Tell us (or better yet show us) how the drawer slides are mounted when you have a chance, Jim!

-- SteveL

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#12 posted 01-10-2016 11:07 PM

They’ll last longer than you. LOL!

You might consider a better camera or photographer? LOL!

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 12:01 AM

Thanks again gang

Nothing fancy on the drawer slides Steve just standard heaving duty full extension ball bearing slides.

A couple of you have commented on the finish and the fact I was using pine. The secret there is Charles Neils blotch control,great stuff.

Yes Jeff the dark color does make it pop considering what it is made out of,my darling wives choice ,Right again!

Your probably right Tom on both counts,The poor photos are due to lighting and the nut behind the wheel or camera in this case :)


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#14 posted 01-11-2016 12:36 AM

I’m starting to really like these, I could use some in my office/shop. Any assembly details would be appreciated.

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#15 posted 01-11-2016 01:42 AM

I’ll give you a quick run down. I took a file hanger and measured the span I needed including the file cabinet slip on plastic I’d purchased some time ago . and came up with the depth and width I needed for the interior of the drawers,I then made all of the drawers ,sorry no dovetails here. just dados in the front and rabbits in the back out of 1/2 plywood .After making the drawers I then added the space needed for sliders and the case opening and face frames I built the cabinets with dados on the bottom and rabbits on the top and rabbited the back edge for a back to go in then I made the pine face frames (just pocket screws here) BTW all the pine I used is all pre-sanded before assembly.I cut 1×12 pine to fit the drawer fronts,Then I ripped some 3/4 pine to 2 1/4” and 1 3/4 ” resawed it in half.planed it to 1/4” sanded it to 180 and cut both sizes to fit as mock frame and panel for the cabinet and drawer fronts.After nailing and hole filling and a final sand,I applied two coats of Charles Neil”s blotch control ,then sprayed on the water borne dye/stain and then water borne satin top coat.
or is this TMI :)


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