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Wood Lockers

by bwad40
posted 01-11-2018 05:13 PM

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 05:21 PM

I was going to suggest a face frame on the front, but I am seeing it right, it looks like you already have one.

If I were to design one, it would look like yours. 3/4 inch plywood is pretty tough.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 05:25 PM

I might make two cases and stack them.
Simple to do it that way and it allows more
material for the door overlays.

If you’re doing face frames… well, I guess
students might learn more from that. I think
frameless is easier and cheaper if the work
is screwed to a wall.

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 06:17 PM

Are you planning on the dados being 1/4” wide or deep? I would personally have them 3/16” deep and the width of the shelf lumber, less depth gives more residual strength in the vertical partitions.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 06:54 PM

If I understand the drawing correctly you may have problems with hinges on the doors. You are on a budget and concealed (Blum type) hinges are going to be expensive. Without that type of hinge you will have clearance problems when opening the doors. I think you will need face frames so you can mount the doors with less expensive hinges.
While dadoed fixed shelves will add stability to the cabinet I like to use floating adjustable shelves supported by shelf pins. If you are using more than one shelf in each space you could do a combination of the two.
I agree with Loren about making two units and stacking them. This would allow students to split the project into two groups.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-12-2018 09:45 PM

I think I would rather have individual lockers instead of a single unit with 8 doors. That way, each student will have the experience of making all cuts needed for a complete project, not just a part of a community cabinet. If the extra cost of plywood is excessive, you could use MDF for the box. Maybe a local lumberyard could be tapped to donate the material.

A 1/4” deep dado is standard. If you make each locker separate, you can use cheap hinges.

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