Rolling Shop Cabinet Part 1 – Woodworking Tips – WoodWorking Projects



[Music] [Music] you know the most frequently asked question I get about the workshop is what is the most important tool and I always respond by saying the table-saw one like this with a good cast iron table and a good rip fence when it'll stay parallel to the blade giving you nice true cuts now if you buy anything any smaller than this you might be a little bit disappointed especially when you're trying to handle big sheets of plywood to build cabinets now as good as this saw is out of the box from the factory you can make it even more versatile by building some accessories like this roll around shop cabinet now a lot of thought went into designing this first of all the casters make it easy to move into position and the height of the top is even with the saw now the choice of the laminate was not an accident it was from experience from accessories that we have on our shop saw this laminate I found is very durable because it's slippery almost like ice makes it easy to push panels through now the edges of the top are our oak so that they adorable I made sure I allow the top to overhang the cabinet and that's so that I would be able to use clamps like this and get a good bite to hold down maybe a router table or a surface planner the base of the cabinet is made out of birch plywood which is relatively inexpensive pretty durable and finishes up nicely now you know how most drawers they only open out about 2/3 of the way and you're in there searching around trying to find something that got way in the back I found some full extension drawer slides these devices right here on the side it lets it come out all the way and that's strong they'll hold about a hundred pounds of weight now for the doors I didn't want any hard we had a show to hang them and I want them to be strong so I chose these European hinges and they're strong because this part of the hinge is modest right into the door now down below you have a similar problem if you have a fixed shelf you know we can find anything that's way in the back so I got full extension shelf slides and I put a band around the shelf to keep things from falling off now down at the bottom there's four swivel casters they have a locking device to keep the cabinet from moving around as you use it I'd also like take a moment to talk about shop safety be sure to read understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury and remember this there is no more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses I hear some of the flyer that I picked up in my plywood outlet and they offer a couple nice services one is that I don't have to buy full sheets which is especially good on a project like this because I really need one and one-third sheets the other thing is that they offer a free cutting service so I have them cut me some panels a little bit larger than what I need and I'm going to true up all the edges using my table saw it's very important to use a good blade when you're cutting veneers it should be one that's designed for cutting veneer plywood and carbide tips and notice how many teeth in this case 60 and what that will do is minimize any chipping of the veneer so now I'm ready to size the panels you next operation is to do some data we need a data along the top of all the cabinet sides and that's to receive these corner blocks suppose you could just nail them in place but by sitting them in a dado you get a bigger glue surface and just a stronger block because this block reinforces the top of the cabinet and gives me a place to fasten the counter top I also need a dado that runs down along the inside of the side panels into which the back will fit and there's one more set of dados down at the bottom of the side and back panels into which the fixed shelf will fit [Music] okay I'm going to dry assemble a couple of the piece of the cabinet to show you a detail here now all the edges of the veneer plywood that show I'm going to cover with this thin birch veneer I'm going to put a piece here I'm actually going to put a piece here to cover up the dado that I don't want to see but I'm afraid that if I don't fill that dado this veneer is too thin and not strong enough so I'm going to fill the void with some little pine fillers just use some hot glue to hold them in place well now it's time to put some veneer on the edges that are going to show and I've used a couple different methods over the years one is to just buy regular vania and apply contact cement to the edge of the panel and to the back of the veneer and just glue it on and trim it off a few years ago they started coming out with veneer that already had glue on the backside and it was activated by heat so you could just lay it over the edge take an ordinary household iron and just iron it on the latest thing is this edge banding tool and these really came about due to the fact that shops would want to produce a lot of cabinets and edges at one time just the role of Vania and this little heat gun which blows hot air onto the glue surface heats it up so that it gets melted and you bring out the wood onto the roller and just roll it along the edge works great now you want to make sure you keep even pressure against the roller and you move at the same rate of speed that takes a little practice because if you go too fast it won't stick right and if you go too slow it'll overheat now when you get about two and a half inches from the end you just strike this tool right here which is just a cutter and it chews off the veneer you finish it off okay now I'm ready to trim the veneer and you'll notice that the veneer is a little wider than the panel and that's really just to give you a little bit of a fudge factor so you can get it nice and even now I found it the best way to trim this Vidia is to use a router and I've equipped my router with a straight cutting bit with a little ball bearing which guides along the side of the piece now the standard procedure for using a router is to move it against the rotation of the bit and really that's primarily for safety but when you're trying to trim a very thin veneer like this safety really isn't it isn't the factor it's chipping and in this case you want to move the router with the rotation [Music] how to make sure that everything is absolutely even a quick run over the edge with the sander and that takes care of it now I'm ready for a little assembly a little bit of glue in the dedos and then when you're working with veneer plywood it's also a good idea to put a little bit of glue right on the edge of the panel that's going to fit into the data because the vinius tends to absorb the glue

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