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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 03-20-2019 08:58 PM 320 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I had a few panels of oak MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) I decided to use that, I usually don’t like using MDF because its not a very strong material and its as bad or worse than plywood with the exposed edges. That is why I also decided to use solid oak edge banding on all exposed edges of the pieces of MDF.
Here are the parts and corresponding material type

Sides (MDF) + Solid Oak Edge-banding
Back (MDF)
Shelves (MDF) + Solid Oak Edge-banding
Shelf fronts (Solid Cherry)

_ CUT PARTS TO SIZE ON TABLESAW

My first step in this project was to cut all the parts to final size on the table-saw and this was pretty uneventful other than making sure I followed my cut-list dimensions precisely.

EDGE-BANDING

As I stated previously I used solid oak edge banding to cover the horrible MDF edges, and since I was using Oak veneered MDF I used solid oak edge banding.
There are many ways to edge-band I chose to use my biscuit jointer and glue to adhere the oak wood to the edges of both the sides and the shelves as these would be visible unless I didn’t. I didn’t need to edge the back as both sides of the back would be sitting in rabbets in the sides.
Edge banding provides a few benefits especially when dealing with MDF, it provides more rigidity to the edges and it also makes a panel look like solid wood even though it is not.
After the I left the edge banding glue up over night I returned with my router and flush trim bit to make everything flush.

THE SIDES

The part of this project with the most to do was definitely the sides of the unit because:
I needed to add the solid oak edge banding I also needed to cut all the joinery for the unit into the sides, which included rabbets on both back edges of the sides. I also needed to position 2 dadoes per side to attach the shelves to. I also needed to pre drill the sides with countersunk holes that I would later add walnut dowels to cover up the screws. Finally I needed to cut 1 hole per side that fit the 3/4” diameter dowel that would later hold the paper towel.

COUNTER-SINKING TIME & Wood Plugs

I figured it would be better to pre-drill the sides now before I assemble and make it easier to install the screws at the end of the project, so I used my drill and counter-sinking bit to make the hoes needed to attach the 1-1/4” screws that will secure the shelves and the back in place while the glue cures.
I also added some walnut dowels to cover up the screw holes, I had some walnut dowel leftover from the assembly table project.

SHELF FRONTS

I wanted to use solid wood fronts on the shelves for a couple of reasons, I wanted to introduce a different wood to provide the unit with some contrast, so I used some scrap cherry that had been lying around, I also wanted to add some design elements into the unit so I added some curves using my scroll saw and sanded it on my spindle and belt sander. I think they came out ok but they really came to life after adding the polyurethane wood finish.

ASSEMBLY TIME

I almost always do a dry assembly on a project before I glue it up for a couple of reasons – Make sure all the joinery was cut correctly – Rehearse the order of clamps that need to be used. – See How it looks

ALL FINISHED

All that was needed was to apply a couple coats of polyurethane to the unit to protect it and stock it full of stuff.
I decided to place all my glue bottles and accessories on the top shelf and my disposable gloves on the bottom shelf, so everything I need for a glue up (except clamps) is in one place.

I do have a blog that provides more detail on the build and you can find it here

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”





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anthm27

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#1 posted 03-21-2019 11:25 AM

I think its great, functional, looks great. May I ask what holds the wooden dowel that holds the paper roll in place? From the pic it Seems like some sort of plastic black nut..????
Kind Regards
Anthony

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#2 posted 03-21-2019 11:51 AM



I think its great, functional, looks great. May I ask what holds the wooden dowel that holds the paper roll in place? From the pic it Seems like some sort of plastic black nut..????
Kind Regards
Anthony

- anthm27


Thanks Anthony this

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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