Cabinet practice

Feb. 3 Today I left work early and ran some errands and did my laundry. Around 3:30 pm I went to the shop and was meeting someone to help me bring my plywood in from the van. I was walking around to try to find him, but in the meantime, two other men offered to help and brought my plywood in for me. I love this place! Everyone is so helpful. I hope I can reciprocate someday. Unfortunately, the shop was a disaster area and had to clean up and move the table around before I could work on it. One of the guys said that Sundays are the worst days to go to the shop and people are pigs and don’t clean up after themselves. Geez! He also mentioned that Wednesdays are probably the quietest, but it’s all subjective.

I lugged in my stuff to work on the cabinet and cut up a bunch of pieces of the red oak for the frame. My plan was to make one cabinet that was 36″ wide by 14″ deep by 14″ high. That should fit my clothes and linens. The sides were already done, so it was just a matter of figuring out the assembly puzzle. Tim suggested that I make a face frame and put a lip on the inside to support the shelf. That looked simple enough. The problem was when I tried to figure out how to fit the sides in. I lopped off 2″ from the front of each side and tried to dry fit the pieces. Hmm, the measurements didn’t add up to what I had in my head. I wanted 36″ x 14″ x 14″ deep cabinets and have no idea how to measure this. I am using 1×2 red oak and they are really like 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ so it totally threw me off. Now I have to figure out how to make a flat face frame with the sides attached. I also tried to figure out how to attach the pieces. A 1 x 2 on the flat side is a lot of wood. I thought the 2 1/2″ screws would work, but they seem ginormous! I don’t know how I will fasten these. I will glue 1/2″x 1″ piece of birch to the bottom of the frame for the lip. I tested a piece of wood as the shelf and it fit fine. I just have to figure out how to put this together. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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