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I am building a rolling tool cabinet that I found on Woodsmith.

I have just about everything cut when I realized the plan calls for 1/2" wood for the drawers. I had not bought the wood yet so I went to the store for the wood and discovered that the white board I was going to use doesn't come in 1/2".

I do not have a thickness planer.

The other two options that I can think of are to use 1/2" plywood or 1/2" in MDF. The drawers have tongue and groove joints so there are no box or dovetails.

Which of these would be preferable or is there a third option that does not involve spending $269 on that Porter Cable thickness planer I've had my eye on.


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I am building a rolling tool cabinet that I found on Woodsmith.

I have just about everything cut when I realized the plan calls for 1/2" wood for the drawers. I had not bought the wood yet so I went to the store for the wood and discovered that the white board I was going to use doesn't come in 1/2".

I do not have a thickness planer.

The other two options that I can think of are to use 1/2" plywood or 1/2" in MDF. The drawers have tongue and groove joints so there are no box or dovetails.

Which of these would be preferable or is there a third option that does not involve spending $269 on that Porter Cable thickness planer I've had my eye on.


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I am building a rolling tool cabinet that I found on Woodsmith.

I have just about everything cut when I realized the plan calls for 1/2" wood for the drawers. I had not bought the wood yet so I went to the store for the wood and discovered that the white board I was going to use doesn't come in 1/2".

I do not have a thickness planer.

The other two options that I can think of are to use 1/2" plywood or 1/2" in MDF. The drawers have tongue and groove joints so there are no box or dovetails.

Which of these would be preferable or is there a third option that does not involve spending $269 on that Porter Cable thickness planer I've had my eye on.


Thanks in advance,
Dave
Hi Dave, look like an opportunity to justify the thickness planer but if it's the budget and not the wife, my choice would be the plywood. I'm not sure about the durability of MDF for shop drawer boxes. I used it for drawer fronts but not the boxes.

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I would go with the ply, also. I have used 1/2" MDF for drawer bottoms, but they were small drawers. I think you'll find that 1/2" ply is a little thinner than 1/2", but it'll work.
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You guys are awesome! Thanks! I have some 1/2" ply in garage so I'm in luck.

I haven't ruled out a planer for later
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The plywood will work well, but you might want to consider using pocket hole joinery instead of the T & G.

Lowes does sell 1/2 inch pine boards in their craftwood section, but it's not that cheap, about $1.25 for a 1/2 x 3 x 24 inch piece.

A long shot is to see if there is a local WW club nearby where someone would share his planer for a small fee. I see ads for that sort of thing in the North Virginia Craigslist from time to time.

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Hi Dave

Next time you get to Denver stop by Paxton Lumber they have 1/2" thick lumber in the racks, in all types..I should say it's a candy store for the wood worker, don't take your card with you the last time I was in the store they had a Roll Top Desk kit all pre cut Oak stock parts plus all the hardware in brass..

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I am building a rolling tool cabinet that I found on Woodsmith.

I have just about everything cut when I realized the plan calls for 1/2" wood for the drawers. I had not bought the wood yet so I went to the store for the wood and discovered that the white board I was going to use doesn't come in 1/2".

I do not have a thickness planer.

The other two options that I can think of are to use 1/2" plywood or 1/2" in MDF. The drawers have tongue and groove joints so there are no box or dovetails.

Which of these would be preferable or is there a third option that does not involve spending $269 on that Porter Cable thickness planer I've had my eye on.


Thanks in advance,
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The plywood will work well, but you might want to consider using pocket hole joinery instead of the T & G.
I don't think I've ever heard of drawers made with pocket hole stuff. Sometimes I think PH is overrated.
Tongue and groove, dovetails, or locking rabbets is what I would use.

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I made a set of drawers with the 1/2" plywood I had on hand. For this tool box it will work fine but if I ever make an actual piece of furniture I think I will go for the 1/2" lumber. The plywood is okay but it tends to chip out a little cutting the dado grooves.

bobj3, I work in Denver occasionally and I will definitely stop by when I get a chance. That store looks nice!!! I usually get my wood from Lowes since there is one less than a mile from my house.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I may actually get this project finished this weekend.
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