Published at Saturday, November 24th 2018. by Gretchen Chapman in Storage Bench.
Building this storage/bench to go in her little girl's room to store all of our toys. In now, I was able to use up a lot of the scrap pieces of plywood that I had lying around by carefully planning and laying out all of the pieces before breaking them down. The reason why I spend so much time sort of laying everything out and kind of over-analyzing how I'm going to cut these pieces out is. I want to try to conserve as much material as possible for any future projects and just by taking that extra time to figure out you know what is the best way to cut these out of a sheet of plywood. It's. It yields so much more material and you're able to save a lot of it, whereas if you're just cutting these pieces for what you need and not trying to think about how they fit on the full sheet of plywood, you can end up with a lot of waste. So after breaking down all the pieces with the track saw the rough size. I then like to take everything to the table, saw and cut all the pieces down to the same size at once.
It sort of takes a little extra planning because you have to think ahead about what all pieces need to be the same size. But if you do it this way, it just ensures or prevents, I would say, a lot of error in the end. So this was the first time I got to use the MFT table that I just recently purchased and I used it to break down all the dividers that go in the center all to the same piece. It made it a lot easier, cross-cutting them on this than it did try to either put them on a sled or just cut them at the table saw it was easier to handle and B. It was a lot less splintering and tear out so for the edge banding for the front of the cabinet. I decided to use some pine that I had been sort of kicking around the shop for a while now that sorta had some nasty color stain on it. This was actually some stuff that was given to me, and I figured now would be the best time to try to use that up and sort of get it out of my way you when it came time to attach the edge banding. I use, of course, glue and decided just to Brad's nail these things on. I sort of cut them a little bit oversized as far as width wise because I knew it would be easier just to come back later after they had dried and flush them up. With my compact trim, the router for the main joinery on this cabinet, I'm using the Festool Domino - and this is really where sort of a lot of my problems began on this project. I sort of learned a hard lesson here.
I was trying to use up a lot of scraps, as I said earlier in the video, but the one thing I learned was that using crappy old, Miss shapen, plywood and a precision piece of machinery like the Domino, doesn't really go hand in hand and caused me Quite a few problems, some of them, you know, was my own error from not paying attention to which part of or which end of the board. I was referencing the mortises off of, but another big problem was just the fact that some of these pieces were so misshapen that when I drilled the mortises, they didn't line up whenever it came time to actually assemble the cabinet. When it was time to attach the back panel, I decided that I was just pre-drill and screw these on, because I could just fill the screw holes later being that this was a painted project. The one of the aha moments that I had - or I guess one of the bright moments that I had while building this project was the idea to actually pre-drill and screw these on dry before I glued the top and the bottom on, because that would sort of Help hold each divider in place so that I could later go back and glue the dominoes in half away. First, just half of each Domino glued in and then finished gluing everything up top first and then the bottom and it sort of made the glue up. Go much easier that way, because I wasn't trying to glue all of everything at once together and try to fit all these pieces sort of trying to remember where each divider went you I had to do a little bit of finessing to get the top and a Bottom lined up, even though I had the idea to screw the dividers on first, you still sort of have to get everything lined up. It made it much easier to glue these on one half at a time and I just use the parallel clamps to clamp each one of them down. Once I had the glue spread for the base on this cabinet.
I just cut some strips of plywood down to. I think about two and a quarter inches because they had an overall height that they wanted these things to be, and obviously they had a height or an opening size that they wanted for the front of the cabinet. So to make up for that total height. I decided to make this inset base this inset about two inches all the way around and assembled the base for both of these with just a Kreg jig. It was simple enough just to do that and I attached it in the same manner again just using the Kreg jig, because none of this joinery is going to be seen anyways and to me, this is where something like pocket screws really shined. I had to do quite a bit of sanding as per usual with most woodworking projects, but I try to not go too overboard because this is getting painted. After all. Now one thing that I used on this project that I use on pretty much every painted project is just regular, drywall compound for any sort of imperfections or nail holes or screw holes, or anything like that. It works really good because it's it's easy to spread there. It dries pretty quickly and it's sanded super easy. I usually spread one coat on before priming it, and then I put one coat of primer and afterward, if there's anything else that needs filling like ingrain or any sort of little scratches or anything, I can go back. Do one more small fill with the same drywall filler sand it and put my two to three coats of paint on just whatever is needed.
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