Yesterday, I completed constructing a carcass base for a DIY chest of drawers I made to position between the self-importance tops in our toilet. Since our dressing desk must be wheelchair accessible, I made a desk mat with rotating legs for it. You may click on right here to see particulars of the undertaking. Nevertheless it does not enable a lot area for storage, so this storage cabinet will sit between that desk-style self-importance and supply all of the storage we’d like.
I made a carcass and coated it with walnut veneer. That is the way it appears to be like now…
So let me present you ways I made and layered a primary carcass.
I began by utilizing my desk noticed to chop two items of three/4-inch plywood into 35 inches excessive by 18.5 inches extensive. It can type the facet of the cupboard. Then I lower 4 items (solely three of that are proven beneath) of 1″ x 4″ lumber till the ultimate cupboard width was diminished by 1.5 inches.
Now let me clarify. I’ll normally use strong plywood for the cupboard helps. However plywood is dear now, and I’ve had this wooden for a really very long time now with no plans for it. So I made a decision to make use of what I had. It will not be seen on the completed cupboard as it’ll follow the wall, however you may positively change the plywood for the again as a substitute of utilizing 1″ x 4″ wooden.
Utilizing my Kreg Pocket Gap Jig, I drilled 4 pocket holes into every finish of every 1″ x 4″ board.
After which with one of many facet items mendacity flat on the ground, I hooked up the backing boards to the facet items of plywood as proven beneath.
Here is what it appears to be like like with all 4 assembled…
For those who’re utilizing a plywood again, you will do the identical factor besides your pocket holes will be extra evenly distributed alongside the sting of the plywood cutout.
Then I straightened the assembled half and glued the opposite facet plywood items collectively.
With all of them gathered, that is what it appears to be like like from the entrance…
And this is what it appears to be like like from behind…
Subsequent, I lower a bit of plywood to separate the 2 drawer edges. I lower this piece 35 inches excessive, however solely 17.75 inches extensive (the width of the facet plywood items minus 3/4 inch for the backboard).
After marking and measuring the place the backboard would line up with this plywood, I drilled three pocket holes in every part…
Then I marked the middle of every backboard, aligned the items of plywood in order that they had been within the heart of the mark, and hooked up the plywood to the backboard utilizing the pocket holes I simply drilled.
Once more, in case you are utilizing plywood to your base, you may place the pocket holes extra evenly alongside the peak of the again plywood piece.
Here is a close-up of those assembled items…
And that is what the entire carcass appears to be like like at this level…
Subsequent, I used my desk noticed to tear a 1-inch piece of wooden to suit the sting of the plywood. Utilizing my miter noticed, I lower them into lengths, after which glued them utilizing wooden glue and 1.5 inch 18 inch nails in my nail gun.
That is the way it appears to be like…
Earlier than gluing the walnuts to the sides of the outer plywood piece, I wanted to coat the within of the piece.
Two issues to notice:
(1) Sure, it is going to be simpler to coat these elements earlier than assembling the carcass, and if you are able to do it, I like to recommend doing it that method. The rationale I do not is as a result of plywood and veneer want at the very least 24-48 hours to acclimate in the identical room earlier than placing them collectively. My plywood hasn’t gotten used to it that lengthy, however I do not need that to cease me from making progress. So I began constructing, after which utilized the veneer as quickly as doable within the course of. However when you can apply these items of veneer earlier than gluing them again, even higher.
(2) I laid the plywood on the within with the grain horizontally throughout in order to not throw off the veneer. It will not present within the completed cupboard, so I am not too apprehensive concerning the grain being misdirected. However I did need to coat it as a result of the most effective observe is to coat each side to attenuate the potential of warping the plywood.
So, with all that in thoughts, I lower a bit of veneer for the within of every facet piece of plywood. I lower it so it is just a bit larger than the plywood. To connect the veneer, I used Weldwood Contact Cement, making use of it with a 4-inch curler to the plywood and to the again of the veneer.
I utilized two coats on every, letting the primary coat dry fully earlier than making use of the second. When it is dry it is going to be shiny, however not sticky to the contact.
Then with the cupboard mendacity on its facet, I fastidiously utilized the veneer to the within of the facet piece, and polished it with walnut items (not the lengthy strips you see within the photograph beneath) to get all of the air bubbles and speak to cement bumps out.
These are the walnut items I used to get all of the air bubbles and glue out of the veneer.
I sanded it to take away any actually sharp edges first so it did not depart any streaks or nicks within the veneer, and it labored rather well.
Subsequent, I flipped the cupboard over to the opposite finish and rolled the contact cement onto the veneer and plywood. Whereas it was drying, I used my X-Acto knife with a brand new blade to chop off the surplus veneer from the primary facet I veneered.
With the 2 inside facet panels lined and trimmed, that is what it appears to be like like…
Then I put the cupboard on its again, and hooked up the walnut items to the sides of the facet plywood items in the identical method I did the center.
Here is what the carcass appears to be like like with bits hooked up to all three items of plywood…
At this level, I am prepared to connect the rails to create a separate part for the drawer. I lower this out of 1″ x 2″ walnut wooden, and with the cupboard standing tall and dealing high to backside, I hooked up the rails to the left utilizing 1.5-inch 16-gauge nails that had been shot by the plywood on all sides and into the ends. 1″ x 2″.
I put in it in order that the skinny edge was dealing with ahead, and the broader facet was dealing with up so the width of the rail would match the thickness of the walnut edged plywood piece.
All of the rails on the left will be hooked up the identical method with a nail gun, however for the appropriate, I can solely connect the outer facet with a nail gun (as a result of I am unable to nail by the middle of the plywood with the rails in my method). The within needed to be hooked up utilizing pocket screws, so I needed to drill a pocket gap into one finish of the rail.
Here is what it appears to be like like with the primary two rails hooked up on the high…
The primary two rails had been simple to line up alongside the highest fringe of the plywood, however for the opposite rails, I had to make use of my pace field to verify they sat sq. within the stiles earlier than putting in them.
And this is what it appears to be like like with all of the rails hooked up. I made two high drawer sections 4.5 inches excessive, and two backside drawer sections about 9 inches excessive.
Chances are you’ll discover that I put in the underside rail in order that the extensive facet is dealing with ahead…
I am doing this as a result of this extensive board will probably be used alongside the underside to complete, and I need to be certain that there isn’t any area between these two boards.
I will be utilizing my router to create a design that’s routed throughout the highest of the board earlier than chopping and pasting it to the underside of the cupboard.
With all of the rails in place, I used to be lastly capable of line the surface of the facet panels.
I stood on the finish of the cupboard as soon as once more, and rolled the contact cement all the way in which to the sting. I would like the veneer to cowl all of the nail holes in addition to the walnut lower edges.
I glued the veneer in precisely the identical method as the opposite items — brushing it with a walnut block and chopping off the surplus with an X-Acto knife. As soon as the sides are sanded, it appears to be like completely flawless! I want I had the picture earlier than including the wooden filler.
And after repeating the coating course of on the opposite facet, the bottom carcass is completed.
As you may see, I put the facet apron on the dresser. So now no unpleasant pine on the dresser.
I am hoping to complete the entire drawer containers and drawer fronts for this cupboard this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes. I can inform you one factor, although. I am so excited and motivated to get this finished! I am actually proud of the way it all went, and I am unable to wait to get all of it finished so I can put a layer of Rubio Monocoat on all of those walnuts. I believed it will be stunning!
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