We've got about 500 CDs and although there's a lot more music in the
world to discover, we're not likely to be buying more on disc. So now is
a good time to build a cabinet to store them in. I'm trying to keep this
project manageably simple. (ha ha) Toward that end I am using glue-on
edge veneer rather than a face frame and I am trying to come up with an
easy finishing method as well. I will probably prefinish all of the parts.
The cabinet will be about 77"H x 20.5"W x 6.5" deep, with 12 shelves and
thus 13 horizontals including the top. And therein lies the problem: I
always get a little anxious about the glue-up part of any project, and
this one has 26 dado joints.
Here's the first dry-fit:
(the sides are not cut down to length yet)
Even getting all those horizontals into their dadoes *dry*
was a bit of
a juggling act. I held the first upright in position with some clamps
and put all of the shelves into their dadoes. That was easy enough. It
was of course getting the second side lined up that was tricky.
I'm considering fitting it all dry, getting it square, and then screwing
small blocks into the work surface one one side (or possibly both sides)
of each shelf so they'll all be aligned before I put on the second side.
I've seen people glue up things like this with the box on its side
rather than on its front, but I haven't tried that yet.
Any tips would be appreciated.