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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks! I am about to undertake a desk project similar to this picture. I have the sewing machine base ready to go after sandblasting and repainting. Here is what I want to do...


I already have a 12in Hitachi sliding mitier saw and a decent Ridgid contractor table saw. I plan on picking up a decent craftsman fixed/plungebase router, a Grizzly president's special table with a Bis-Kit attachment, and a Kreg pocket-hole jig kit. I figured this should be everything I need.

I have a pretty good idea of the materials I plan on using.

The top I plan on using a hickory plywood 20 x 36 x 3/4in with a walnut 3 x 3/4in breadboard molding around the edges. The cabinets will be about 8 in wide x 12in deep x 14in tall either hickory or walnut 1/2 or 3/4 in plywood pocket hole construction with a single door on each side (for holding notebooks or folders).

This will be my first attempt at building a cabinet of this type of construction.
-Can anyone recommend some good quality tutorials online.
-I also have questions about joining the breadboard to the plywood on top. Do I 45 the corners or allow cut-ends to show? I lan on using biscuits to hold position and a fe pocket hole screws to attach them. Should I route an edge before assembly or after it is done?
-How would you attempt securing the hanging cabinets to the top?
-I have also been thinking about adding some type of back to this with a small shelf for computer speakers or pictures, but I haven't been able to think up something that would look good - any thoughts?

Any questions/advice/input would be greatly appreciated.
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As for your question on hanging the cabinets, a stop dado on the inside would work for those two pieces. As for the outside panel of the cabinet, there are plenty of router bits to choose from, such as a lock joint. If you had some kind of sketch i could see showing more of what you want to do, i might be able to help you out a little more. I don't consider myself a pro woodworker but i have built some custom furniture in my time. There are so many jointing bits out there it unreal, i wish i had access to them years ago when i first started in wood working. These are just a couple ideas, i'm sure someone on here may have better ideas on this. I hope you get it figured out, it looks like a great progect.

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A couple of suggestions. Why not treat the hanging cabinets as boxes and simply screw them to the top from the inside? With a ply top you don't have to worry about wood movement. For the breadboard ends I suggest a dado in the breadboard to accommodate the top. It doesn't have to be deep but it would look like a cleaner join. I would cut the ends before gluing them so you are sure they are perfect. They won't need a lot of clamping pressure and glue only would be more than strong enough. I'm sure there will be lots of other approaches suggested.
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Thank you! I was thinking of a similar plan. I do want to be sure that the weight pulling down on the screws would be minimal, so I am leaning toward 1/2 plywood for the boxes.
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screws and glue...good luck getting them apart should you ever want to!
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screws and glue...good luck getting them apart should you ever want to!
I don't understand. Sorry. Can you clarify?
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Brett, i think whats being said is to just to basically just make the boxes for the ends and screw them to the top, there won't be any problem with them coming down. I just thought a stop dado for the inside pieces would just marry the pieces to the top a little better. Just make them a little longer as to come out with the same size box, if you know what i mean. But you really don't need to go to all that trouble using halg inch material, it's not going to be that heavy. Just build a box ant screw it to the top and then for the end pieces use a Dada to put them on.

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