A couple of years ago I bought a HF service cart at an outdoor tent
sale for what I felt was a good price.
The only thing I don't like about it is it does not have nearly enough
drawer space for my needs. The thing is actually over built
structurally for the amount of 'stuff' it will hold.
I'm thinking of building at least 1 (maybe 2) of these end cabinets
out of 3/4" ply or maybe even OSB, and hanging them off the sides via
2 French cleats each:
This is a picture of it attached to the tool cabinet it was designed for.
I got a few questions concerning this endeavor.
What would be the best (strongest?) joint to use on the carcase?
Box joint? Splined miter joint?
Is this even feasible? I mean, I would imagine there would be a lot of
racking force with this thing hanging from its side loaded with tools.
All the wood cabinets I've ever seen hung with cleats are attached to the
back of the cabinet. Not the side. But I was thinking with strong
joints on the top bottom and sides, a good thick back - rabbeted, glued
and screwed, it just might work!
I've never fabricated a box joint jig but I've seen them constructed
and used on NYWS, numerous Youtubes and magazines ;-) One thing they
all have in common though, they're all small, and used to cut
relatively small stock (compared to what I want to do) like jewelry
boxes, small drawers and whatnot. Anyone here have experience cutting
box joints in 34" X 20" X 3/4" or larger ply using a home built jig
for table saw or maybe a router?
Thanks in advance for any help given to this rookie!