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Posted: 05/16/21 09:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After building the first set of drawers and cabinet frame, I wanted to add on the rest of the setup from the left.

In the meantime, I needed to purchase another piece of 3/4" plywood, and that's when the trouble started.



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Right there is why. Different thicknesses. My plan was to leave about 1/16" between the plywood and the 2x above it, and then add a shim to make up the difference.

Oops.


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Posted: 05/16/21 09:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bring out the dial calipers.

I measured the plywood bought previously.



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Thickness for 3/4" plywood comes out at about .690".

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Posted: 05/16/21 09:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Then I measured the new piece, and we are looking at about .737", or not quite 1/16" different than the other piece.

Just enough to make a big difference when assembling things.



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Just annoying to me. It's not catastrophic, as I can work around it. I just wasn't expecting that.

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Posted: 05/17/21 10:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had to remove the end of the passenger side counter cabinet today (red arrow), to allow access to install the framework to hold the drawer slides, (black arrow).



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Posted: 05/17/21 10:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Next up was to create the male portion of the slides, and position them correctly for the top drawer. (red arrows).



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Posted: 05/17/21 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also fastened the back and the bottom of the cabinet frame to get ready to install the top drawer.

The drawers below will indexed from the top drawer, so it was critical to get the top one correct.

There we go. Top drawer installed, and with a little furniture wax, slides like greased snot.

Ok, maybe I could have used a better term there, but you get the idea. Lol! [emoticon]



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Wahoo! 3 to go!

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Posted: 05/19/21 09:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Time for another episode of "how to not build a motor home". Lol.

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you cut a small sliver of wood of of a piece of plywood?

No?

Me neither. Then, I needed a thin shim, so I cut a piece off of a piece of 1/2" thick ply.



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That was a piece like the one I cut.

After cutting the top ply off, and just a touch of the second ply, plus the cut from the blade, this is what happened. Who knew?



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They were both straight before I cut the one. Ok, then.

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Posted: 05/19/21 09:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I finished cutting the parts for the last 3 drawer slides. After cutting the dovetails and fitting them to the drawers, I installed the second and third drawers.



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As you can see, the slides are installed for the last drawer, but I haven't put it into place here yet.

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Posted: 05/19/21 09:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At that point, I installed the 4th drawer. OOPS! Looks like somebody mis-measured just a touch.

Spacing between the number 3 and 4 drawer is off just a bit.

By the time this happened, it was past quitting time. Ah well, that will be corrected tomorrow.



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Posted: 05/20/21 10:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ALRIGHTY! I moved the drawer slides down just a little bit today for the bottom drawer, to keep the spacing correct.

That looks a lot better to me.



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Finally done with the preliminaries for these drawers. Wahoo!!!

Listen, I get it. You're probably tired of hearing about these drawers. So am I. Lol.

Even though I am not completely finished with these, it's time to do some additional work on other things for a little while.

(Ok, the cheering can die down now)! LOL!

I do thank you for hanging in there with me. [emoticon]

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