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12-12-2012 11:59 PM
Tom Brown Thanks, guys. I really appreciate your generosity.

I've added an image showing how the tops mount to the cabinets. There is a 1/4" groove routed in the bottom of the top to allow the top to register on the cabinet flanges. The image will show the story far better than I can explain it with words.

This project is brutally simple. In fact, that's the whole point. Two slabs of MDF and four pieces of trim. Butt joints.

George, I don't recall the exact price but it was something like $220 per cabinet. I wanted 8 of them but I cleaned out every Canadian Tire in Regina to get these 6 for the sale price. The tops are 29" long so this train of cabinets is 14' 6" long.

It was intended to be quick and easy but took far longer than it should have. Along the opposite wall, I am building custom cabinets, also all rollers but a bit larger. I'll try to post some pictures of that project. At my pace, it will probably be a few months. lol!


Thanks again for the support.
12-12-2012 04:39 PM
TRN_Diesel
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Thanks for the note, Dan.

I know that you are correct and I appreciate the tip but I decided to use up some scrap spruce 1x4 I have laying around from another project.

These aren't going to be workbenches as much as tool benches. I'm hoping to get a couple of years before having to replace them.

The project is going desperately slow. My shop is currently unheated and it's taking forever for the glue to dry at 3C. I've only got 8 long clamps so I can only clamp edging onto two MDF fields at a time. With a heat lamp, I can do two glue-ups per night. This is going to take another couple of nights. lol!

Once the edge banding is glued on, I will coat it with floor varnish.

When it's done, I will post some pics. I'm looking for maximum function out of these. Appearance is only of passing interest.
You may want to use biscuit joints to attach the spruce edge. Avoids nail holes and allows for hand plane use to help finish. Having said that I now see the finished project and wow I am impressed, those look great. You will like the ease of moving things around and the portability.
12-12-2012 12:47 PM
curiousgeorge WOW! Tom, those came out really nice. If you don't mind. How much did those rolling chests cost you?
12-12-2012 09:53 AM
Tom Brown Thanks for all the help, gents. We've had some family issues and this project has taken far longer than I'd like.

My shop is a disaster. I'm trying to get it straightened out after a whirlwind house renovation. Hopefully, seeing the condition of my shop will help you folks feel much better about yours. lol!

Anyway, I'm happy enough with how it turned out. The 6" bench behind these cabinets extends the work surfaces but this is where the dust collection pipes will come up to service machines on these cabinets.

If I were doing it again, I would certainly use maple trim. The few dollars I saved is entirely irrelevant. These are intended to be cheap, simple, and disposable. If one gets too natty, I can build another with two pieces of MDF and a few strips of solid wood. Still, hardwood would have made sense here.
11-05-2012 02:58 PM
Ben in Cypress Texas
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Originally Posted by TomB19 View Post
Thanks for the note, Dan.

I know that you are correct and I appreciate the tip but I decided to use up some scrap spruce 1x4 I have laying around from another project.

These aren't going to be workbenches as much as tool benches. I'm hoping to get a couple of years before having to replace them.

The project is going desperately slow. My shop is currently unheated and it's taking forever for the glue to dry at 3C. I've only got 8 long clamps so I can only clamp edging onto two MDF fields at a time. With a heat lamp, I can do two glue-ups per night. This is going to take another couple of nights. lol!

Once the edge banding is glued on, I will coat it with floor varnish.

When it's done, I will post some pics. I'm looking for maximum function out of these. Appearance is only of passing interest.

As far as your edge clamping and glue curing problems are concerned, have you thought about changing glues. How about a two part epoxy? You can use brad nails instead of clamps.

Ben
11-05-2012 01:06 PM
TomB19 Thanks for the note, Dan.

I know that you are correct and I appreciate the tip but I decided to use up some scrap spruce 1x4 I have laying around from another project.

These aren't going to be workbenches as much as tool benches. I'm hoping to get a couple of years before having to replace them.

The project is going desperately slow. My shop is currently unheated and it's taking forever for the glue to dry at 3C. I've only got 8 long clamps so I can only clamp edging onto two MDF fields at a time. With a heat lamp, I can do two glue-ups per night. This is going to take another couple of nights. lol!

Once the edge banding is glued on, I will coat it with floor varnish.

When it's done, I will post some pics. I'm looking for maximum function out of these. Appearance is only of passing interest.
10-29-2012 11:02 PM
DaninVan Hey, Tom; will the tops take a beating? Spruce is pretty soft for edging(?), and D. Fir splinters. Neither is a really desirable species for taking a sh*t kicking. Hardwood species are a lot more durable.
Cheers,
-Dan
10-29-2012 10:27 AM
TomB19 I'm building the tops out of MDF. I'll trim them with either spruce or fir.

I appreciate the comments, gents.
10-25-2012 11:44 PM
MaxK I'll be interested to see how this pans out. I have a similar chest from HF (a bit wider) that I had a similar idea for, with the intent of picking up another 2 or so if it works well. Those Lime Boxes look sharp. Good Luck!
10-25-2012 09:39 PM
Cherryville Chuck I would go along with what Dan suggested, either ply or mdf and possibly 2 pieces laminated. If you work on them they will eventually get beat up. Making them cheap and easy to replace would be a bonus in my opinion.
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