I'm nearing completion on a rolling shop cabinet that will provide storage
and also keep my planer off the ground. It's built in basically the same
fashion that a kitchen cabinet would be built to give me some practice with
face frame cabinetry. Honestly, I felt that building the carcases/carcasses
was pretty straightforward (thanks John Paquay). Now, getting the drawers
installed on one side was a different story. I finally came up with a
system that worked pretty well keeping the slides parallel to the sides and
perpendicular to the face. Now that that's all done, I'm getting ready to
put a top on it. I made the mistake of showing it to SWMBO, and she wants
me to paint it. I told her that I don't tell her how to do her
scrapbooking, so she could just keep her ideas to herself. So, other than
aesthetics, is there a compelling reason to finish these cabinets in any
way? The face frames are poplar and the rest of the cabinet is 1/2" meranti
Aside from marital harmony, dirt and pride. A coat of anything is going to
help them stay cleaner looking and be easier to clean. Could be paint,
poly, shellac, etc.
I also like anything I make to look good. After all, people will judge by
appearances. Even templates that I make get a coat of something on them.
I've decided to go ahead and paint it...but not because SWMBO told me to!!!!
For the top, I'm recycling an old laminate desk top that I had, which works
great. I used an identical piece to fashion a router table top. I recycled
other parts of that desk as shelves for inside the cabinet.
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