Working with recycled timber #74: MC Fish Tank Stand frame work Pt 4

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-19-2017 06:22 PM 1591 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I commenced making the frame horizontal sections for the frame.
I needed 380mm ones for the cupboard section and 400mm ones for the open shelf ends
I will use pocket holes to attach the pieces to the legs and then 4 mm Ply to panel in sections and 13 mm ply for the shelves.

First up I needed to make a Jig for my Ozito saw so I could cut everything accurately.
Its just pieces of melamine which will be possibly be just discarded upon completion.

I clamped it on temporarly then drilled fixing holes into it. not overly worried about drilling holes in it as its only a low cost DIY type of saw.

I then just used a couple of clamps to set the required stop position.

Once everything was cut up it was then pocket hole time.
The timber being about 23 mm I will use 2” coarse thread screws.

The center section cupboard

I had a clamping jig I used for another project which was just big enough for the middle section so positioned the legs squared everything up in it clamped it and began assembling.

The end sections

I then made the two end sections which had ply end fillers so I used the ply to offset the bearers so everything was flush at the sides

The use of spacer jigs was used to set the bottom shelf height and them another set ti do the upper shelf.

Once this was done I glued the panel in place.

This may not have been a real smart move as it may possibly make finish sanding a bit more involved so I only did this the once all other panels were fitted them removed later.

I had to assembly the three modules on the garage floor as they were too big to handle in a bench.

Working away with offset spacers for the front shelf area I completed the framework and then commenced making shelves.

I made two sets of shelves one set for the outside open sections and the second set for the enclosed cupboard.

Six shelves in all were made the two centers both the same and the four ends left and right handed all cut to be drop in and flush.
To make these I constructed two jigs to ensure identical shelves would fit regardless of the position

Jig No 1 for the cupboard was first.

It was just a piece of OSB and I them trimmed it to fit in any location.

The second jig I used a piece of MDF and trimmed it the same to ensure a fit anywhere.

I then cut all the shelves on the table saw and pull saw finished the corners.

All fitted up OK so I then temporarly clamped everything together to check for overall squareness and levels.

there was about 1mm of twist in the frame legs on the floor but nothing by pressing on it would not fix or nothing a top shelf and Tank would not flatten so I left it as is.

I set the dividers and door in place for the owner to inspect prior to then dismantling everything to sand and stain.

For those interested in the screw count here is the answer.

Thats it for a while as I have more important but less interesting “things” to do for a few days.

Oh what happened to the crook leg? well it got sacrificed to make more sections as I found a few rejects in the process which I could not hide.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-19-2017 06:46 PM

looking good rob,you may need a new screw gun when this is done.looking forward to the finished piece.nice job.

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#2 posted 07-19-2017 07:09 PM

Moving right along… very nicely…

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#3 posted 07-19-2017 11:37 PM

Nice job. Good progress for the day. Thanks for taking us along.

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#4 posted 07-25-2017 12:35 PM

Looking nice Rob

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