Two drawer birdseye file cabinet with sliding top

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Project by Coastwise posted 09-02-2021 04:28 PM 992 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a two drawer file cabinet that would fit under a desk top. Wanted it to have a pull out writing surface.

The stiles, rails and the pull out top are American Cherry. The panels are birds eye maple over 1/4 MDF. The drawers are clear white pine.

Size: 18” W x 28” H x 27 Deep

The Veneer is from: Veneer (Joe Woodworker)
The “T” slides from
The drawer slides are Accuride CB4034
The file frames are from Lee Valley

The exterior finish is Pettit’s Captains Varnish, the drawers are sealed with water based Minwax Polycrylic .

The pull out top is guided by two Kreg Mini Traks let into its bottom. Six 1/4-20 stainless machine screws heads protrude up from the cabinet to accept the tracks. The tracks run on nylon washers. I drilled and tapped the wood cabinet top, then saturated the wooden threads with CA glue and ran the tap through one more time.This arrangement allowed adjustments, a nut and washer below, locked it up and made it all strong enough to allow lifting of the cabinet from the top.
Donald Morda

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#1 posted 09-02-2021 04:50 PM

Good job, love the Birds Maple.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 09-02-2021 05:01 PM

very clever on the sliding top. Great job.

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#3 posted 09-02-2021 08:49 PM

Love the bird’s-eye maple too, and that is indeed a clever slide mechanism.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 09-02-2021 10:31 PM

Beautiful project…Great design, beautiful wood…well built…will work great for your needs…that’s custom…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 09-03-2021 02:16 AM

I really like the design. It looks great and is super functional.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-03-2021 02:47 AM

Slick design with the pull out top. Beautiful work, well done!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 09-03-2021 10:00 PM

Nice design, beautiful woods and great craftmanship!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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