Shelves and drawers

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Project by GeoBuk posted 03-28-2012 01:22 AM 1203 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set of storage units followed Norm Abram’s plans from New Yankee Workshop first broadcast 2/12/1994.
Unfortunately the video is no longer available. I falled in my efforts to get a copy of the video- see blog elsewhere.
I decided to take up the challenge without the video and trust Norm’s measurements and drawings to lead me in the right direction- and they did.

Instead of the white oak suggested in the plans, I decided to use southern yellow pine. It matches what is already in the room and besides, I had plenty on hand. I induced a serious challenge when I decided to use BC pine ply wood. The plywood was very sensitive to moisture changes and seemed to change shape every night.

The project is comprised of 2 base units and 1 shelf unit. The base units are 36” wide, 30” tall, and 18 3/8” deep. The shelf unit is 54” tall, 36” wide and 12” deep.
Basic construction followed a tongue/groove and dado construction. The plywood is banded with 1/2” X 3/4” pine applied using tongue/groove method. This includes the base tops, the drawer fronts, the face frame on the shelf unit and the doors. The shelves are banded on front side by 1 1/4” X 1” pine for strength.

Drawer boxes are constructed by 1/2” baltic birch ply, and are dovetailed at the front of each drawer. These were my first dovetails using Porter Cable dovetail jig- I thought they came out very nicely. I used full extension slides.
Doors are hinged by Euro types, and are full overlay.

Finish was MUCH sanding, fruitwood stain and 2 coats of poly varnish.

A fun and chalenging project for me, and the biggest lesson was use of BC ply. I won’t do that again…

-- George in Missouri

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 02:59 AM

Looks really good, nice work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Gabe C.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 03:02 AM

As an advocate of pine (due to its inexpensiveness), I have got to say that is a nice set you’ve built there! It looks great! Thanks for posting.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 03:11 AM

You did an awesome job with the SYP.
I was taught on SYP many years ago and still love it and still work it now.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 07:58 AM

Well done, looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 10:23 AM

These are nicely done and very handy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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