Comic Book Cabinet (Apothecary Style)

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Project by DocsDesigns posted 07-02-2020 12:07 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned by a comic book collector to build a storage cabinet for his collections. He wanted a “filing cabinet” style storage system with drawers which fit his comics. Being a pharmacist myself, I’m familiar with antique-style apothecary cabinets, used years ago for storing prescriptions and other record keeping information. This type of setup would work perfectly for what my client was trying to accomplish.

He only had one request…leave it unfinished. (Which drove me crazy, by the way.)

So we designed a 12-drawer cabinet, build entirely from 3/4 plywood (except 1/4 plywood for the drawer bottoms), and got to work. Using dados for the carcass, even putting dados on the back to slide the dividers into, it is one solid piece that won’t give an inch. The drawers are all friction fit, meaning no hardware. We also built a 4” stand for the cabinet to sit on as well.

The challenge with this piece is the odd dimensions of plywood. Being 23/32” thick, we had to make a few on-the-fly adjustments to the dado spacings to ensure we kept everything square. All-in-all a pretty solid build. We took some premium pine and made a face frame to hide the plywood edges on the front of the cabinet.

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#1 posted 07-02-2020 01:13 AM

I’ve got a project very much similar for my bench top. The only difference is I plan on using hardwood and maybe dovetails. I haven’t decided, through dovetails or half blind dovetails.

I can fully understand your frustrations with that project. It’s one reason I refuse many requests to build things for people with a vengeance. They don’t want to pay what my time is worth. I don’t need the hassle.

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#2 posted 07-02-2020 04:19 PM

Aren’t collectors worried about chemicals and all that touching their prized items??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 07-02-2020 05:47 PM

Excellent analysis! I first got a carb compliant soy based plywood for starters and then recommended an enamel paint/primer to seal it well. That should prevent any wear issues.

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