Published at Monday, November 26th 2018. by Carolyn Mcguire in Storage Bench.
Build a piece. It's gonna stay flat, but also will stain or paint up nicely, and for that, I want to use this right here. This is actually cabinet grade birch plywood and you see how nice and flat it is. This is a birch veneer on top, so it'll stain our paint up really nice. Why don't we get a sheet of 3/4 and a sheet of half-inch all right so now I want to get some wood to trim it make some Stiles and rails. So, let's get some popular 1 by 8. All right be plenty of that. Okay, a couple of long pieces of 1 by 3. Here we get about 3 or 4 pieces of this is a couple of good ones. I think the last piece we need is a piece of crown molding for the top. Now I only need about 6 feet. You want to cut it sure: okay, Tommy, that's the last of the lumber, and I brought up the baskets that you picked out. Okay, great now, I thought it would be a lot easier if we build our cabinet without a top that lifts up. We could use a couple of baskets to store things in okay all right now.
The baskets will also determine the size of our cabinet. The two baskets will slide into these openings right here, we'll build the back out of plywood and the box out of plywood to dress the plywood up, we'll do a style and a rail system and we'll apply it right to the plywood. And then what do you got up top there up top I've got a shelf for the crown molding under it and a bunch of hooks to hang things on all right. How do we get started? It starts by cutting the plywood I'll rip, the plywood on my table saw and then I'll cut the pieces to length using my tracks off all right. All of the plywood has cut for a box and we'll assemble that later. But what I like to do is I like to start with the back, and the first thing I did is I made a pencil sketch of what it's going to look like. We have two panels with Stiles and rails. A top rail will be a 1 by 8. Our bottom rail will be a 1 by 4 and our Stiles will be 1 by 3 2 panels, almost like a door to panel door right so now's a good time to look at it and think if we want to make any changes, maybe we want to Do three panels: maybe we want to put an intermittent rail on it, something like that, but actually I kind of like it with two panels. What are you that kind of like with two panels that looks good to me all right, so now we have drawn out? We know what to cut, we can start making our cuts. All right, tell me all the Stiles and rails cut and they actually lay up pretty nice. What are you thinking? Maybe some face nails little glue to the plywood. Well, we could do that, but I actually have another way to do it. I want to use pocket screws, so we're going to drill some holes for the pocket screws using this drill and this jig and on the end of the drill, you notice, there's a different size tip and that actually makes a pilot hole.
The jig stops the drill at the right depth, making a slot for the screw. Also you alright. I transfer the lines on the plywood to the side of my style. Now I'll just put the two pieces together, putting my rail on the line it up clamp. It and I are going to use these pocket screws right here right into the hole to hold the two pieces together, we're gonna glue the plywood to the back of the styles and the rails. It's a nice fit alright! Now, I'm just gonna tack it in place with some 1-inch screws. Alright, let's flip it oversee what it looks like. Alright, it's pretty good. Now we could leave it like this with a nice crisp edge, but I want to add a little detail right here to make it look like there's a molding applied to do that. We're gonna use our router all right. Now, that's just a little quad around the step, beaded detail. That really makes a difference. Oh, it sure does. It looks great all right now. This is the center divider for our box at the bottom. I put a little notch at the top and at the bottom, so it will fit over our rails and our style like that. Okay, now that's going to be positioned there. Our bottom will go under this. Like that and we're going to screw this box together now, the first thing I did is I put some lines on the bottom, where I want to pre-drill some holes, so we could screw this together, so I'll drill some holes here and on each end, all right Now we're going to screw into the ply with it on the side, so I like to pre-drill that also so we don't split it and we're going to screw it all together using two and a half inch screws. Now we're going to attach the bottom by screwing. It through the back all right now to dress up the box and hide the end grain of the plywood. We're gonna build a face frame. Just like we did at the top. We have our style right here, the same width as the top, we'll keep it even on the bottom, and our rail will keep even with the bottom edge of the box. And now I want to make the bottom of this look like a leg. So what I want to do is I want to put a little detail right in there and to do that. I'm just going to take a paper cup, I'm going to hold it even with the bottom rail. I draw a little line just like that
. I trace that same radius on all of my legs. Alright, here's what the legs going to look like on the front of the lower unit, but I want the leg to look like it was cut from a solid block of wood to do that. I've cut another part of the leg, three-quarters of an inch thinner than the front when I put them all together the dimension on the front and the side matches. Let me just put these two: together with some glue and some nails, then we can build this face frame exactly now. I want to hold it even on the top and make the legs even on the bottom. Okay, now I'm going to put a tack in it. Now I want to finish off this inside edge with that beaded detail. Now we attach these two filler strips right here. We nail them and glue them to the top of our box, and now this is the top right here, and the next thing I want to do is wrap around the perimeter. With this inch and a half wide people, that's going to do two things. It's going to hide the end grain of the plywood, and it's going to give the top a thicker look. Now all you want to do is nail it and glue it now. Just put a couple of nails. I need Jen's at the top will install melted crown molding with a flat shelf. I'm gonna use a headless nail. Okay, now, we'll put it on our shelf. Go in your line AM can't even attack the middle already. Okay, let me tack it flush, go ready all right now. I want to put a little longer nails right down through the top. Now, all we got to do is either paint it or stain it. That is good.
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