my diagram for a small cabinet/bookcase--pls vet for me?

talley_sue_nycSeptember 20, 2012

Here's the diagram I made to plan out what sizes of lumber I need to make this silly little cabinet to sit on top of my daughter's mini-fridge at college.

I want to put a drawer in it, so I bought a cutlery organizer made out of bamboo. It's just the tiniest bit wider than 17.5 inches, so I decided to ask the lumberyard to cut the top and bottom 20-1/8 inches instead of 20. (I'm hoping they're willing to do that precise a cut--as long as they're both the same, it won't matter much if they're 1/16" off or so.)

What am I forgetting? Have I done the math wrong?

Here is a link that might be useful: My diagrams, on Photobucket

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I found this great site where you can see drawings, might help you some.
When you draw a diagram might be easier for someone to understand if you list W, D, H, of piece (width, Depth, Height) I got a bit confused in understanding what you were referring to.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Design Confidential

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Thanks for the recommendation, Mary Ruth.

Sorry it was confusing.

I finished the cabinet--took an entire day, with lots of fiddling with unfamiliar equipment, and translating what I wanted to my father-in-law. He was helping me, since I don't have a real workspace or much beyond hand power tools.

But if I do this again, I'm not going to cut the wood at his place; his table saw is too small, and he insists on cutting to a line, instead of setting the fence to the measurement. And we used his router in a way he hasn't used it before, so we were making up jigs as we went along.

But here it is!

Here is a link that might be useful: And here are other pics I took.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 10:45PM
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I see you had to shim the drawer glide. I think the miss alignment on the right end panel caused that extra width.
And you did a lot of extra work with the metal strip for shelf clips. We just bore holes and use adjustable shelf pins.

It looks good painted.
Great for a first try and I know you learned a lot doing this! You should not give up now that you have some experience under your belt! Try a bank of small drawers!
Drawer boxes are something worth learning to do.

Congrats on your first project like this, was not easy.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 9:20AM
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