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I use shop cabinets to try new ideas before using them on something more important. I'm making a small wall cabinet to fill an empty space and tried a couple of new (to me anyway) ideas.

- the cabinet was made at the total depth of the body and door and I needed some easy way to attach the face of the door. I clamped a piece of 2x4 (after running the one edge through the TS to give me a square edge) and used that to support the router while I ran a rabbeting bit along the edge.
- I cut a 5/8" radius on the corner of the plywood panel to match the rabbet, glued and nailed the panel in place and covered it with some 3/4" wide trim.
- I tried something different to cut the cabinet apart into body and door (I've cut opposing sides before, hot glued plywood strips to hold the cabinet together, cut the other sides and knocked off the plywood strips) and thought that I'd try something different as this was a relatively small (18" W x 24" H) cabinet. I set the height of the blade just under the thickness of the plywood and cut all sides, leaving basically the face ply intact, and then finished the cut with a hand saw. This worked very well, all I had to do was knock off the ragged edge with a Surform plane and finish with a sanding block.

This turned out to be a good way to add the door face without losing any additional inside depth and having to cut a dado to accept the plywood - I plan to use the same method to add the backs to the two cabinets going under my adjustable height workbench. One minor change will be to run the piece of 2x4 through the jointer first to take out any twist so it's easier to get it clamped up even to the face of the cabinet.
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That's a neat little cabinet. I hadn't thought of cutting the frame in half like that, but it makes a lot of sense, especially for a tool storage cabinet, say, for chisels and small hand tools. I kind of like the visible edge of Baltic Birch ply and with good strong hinges, you can store tools in both the cabinet and the swing out door. Made a little longer or larger and it would make a good home for hand planes.
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cool idea nicely executed...
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That's a neat little cabinet. I hadn't thought of cutting the frame in half like that, but it makes a lot of sense, especially for a tool storage cabinet, say, for chisels and small hand tools. I kind of like the visible edge of Baltic Birch ply and with good strong hinges, you can store tools in both the cabinet and the swing out door. Made a little longer or larger and it would make a good home for hand planes.
Thanks. Here's another cabinet I built a while back - the cabinet was also made as one piece and cut apart in two steps; cut the long sides on the TS, glue strips of paneling across the cut line with hot melt and then cut the ends loose. The cabinet is a lot taller , and I wasn't real comfortable feeding something that tall across the TS - I would probably use a circular saw and edge guide if I made one that large again. I used pegboard for the door skin, store painting tools (paint brushes, scrapers, putty knives, etc.) on the inside and layout tools on the outside. If I was to do this again, I'd probably put a single fixed shelf in the middle to help keep the sides from flexing (or a back would probably have helped).
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Thanks. Here's another cabinet I built a while back - the cabinet was also made as one piece and cut apart in two steps; cut the long sides on the TS, glue strips of paneling across the cut line with hot melt and then cut the ends loose. The cabinet is a lot taller , and I wasn't real comfortable feeding something that tall across the TS - I would probably use a circular saw and edge guide if I made one that large again. I used pegboard for the door skin, store painting tools (paint brushes, scrapers, putty knives, etc.) on the inside and layout tools on the outside. If I was to do this again, I'd probably put a single fixed shelf in the middle to help keep the sides from flexing (or a back would probably have helped).
I like those Tom , but as I'm looking at them I'm thinking about also using the outside of the doors to hang tools . There's all that real estate doing nothing , others may have bigger garages though , and it wouldn't be neccesary
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I like it, neat techniques. I can definitely see myself using that method for rebating a back panel in a cabinet.
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Great idea, Tom. I'm preparing to set up a basement workshop, and I WILL use it. Thanks.

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Thanks. Here's another cabinet I built a while back - the cabinet was also made as one piece and cut apart in two steps; cut the long sides on the TS, glue strips of paneling across the cut line with hot melt and then cut the ends loose. The cabinet is a lot taller , and I wasn't real comfortable feeding something that tall across the TS - I would probably use a circular saw and edge guide if I made one that large again. I used pegboard for the door skin, store painting tools (paint brushes, scrapers, putty knives, etc.) on the inside and layout tools on the outside. If I was to do this again, I'd probably put a single fixed shelf in the middle to help keep the sides from flexing (or a back would probably have helped).
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Great idea and well executed as always. Keep up the posts Tom.

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Great idea and well executed as always. Keep up the posts Tom.

How goes the turtle business?
Thanks. Getting ready to start the next (and maybe final) batch of three. Still intrigued with the thought of a turtle large enough to take a 10" pot - I'm looking at the idea of keeping everything the same - same number and width of layers, same size of legs, etc. - and just kind of stretching it a little. I laid it out in CAD and it looks as if that will work out. I may go ahead and pick up an extra 2x6 and make four sets of the legs and so forth so I'd be ready if I decide to go ahead with the project - but these will all be in non-PT lumber, I'm tired of the aggravation. The "base"- for want of a better word - would have to come out of a 2x10 though, unless I go ahead and glue up some narrower material.
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