February 22, 2015

Quickie Update to my Cabinet

I know what you're thinking..."more updates to your craft room? Ugh!". Well if you're thinking that then you probably shouldn't be reading this post ;)

After filling up my newly built cabinets in my craft room, I realised there was a whole section that I hadn't even thought about building. In my original sewing table, on the door there were two "caddy" areas that had dividers to hold all of my sewing paraphernalia, when I went to fill up my cabinets I had nowhere to put my sewing knick knacks! So they sat all nicely jumbled together in one bin *sigh*. In the sole purpose of "everything having it's place" in my new cabinets, I obviously had to build a caddy unit to house my random knick knacks. 

After the jump isn't a tutorial, but a few pictures and my step-by-step in case you are interested in building your own!

Here's a better picture of the caddy (I can't really think of a better name to call this unit) from it's profile, these units are actually my second build because my first ones failed miserably. For many reasons, but the main one is in trying to mount it onto the door, the height of the back and front panels were originally 3" but when I went to do a trial mount, I realised I didn't have a really tiny or angled screwdriver to fit into the unit, and then mount screws in, I would have had to angle the screwdriver in and then my screw holes would have to be at an angle and I just wasn't cool with that, I'd built my cabinets properly so I might as well build these units properly. The back panel is high by a half inch so my screwdriver sits flush on the front panel and it's super easy to mount everything onto the door.

Aaaaanyways, this was an easy build, the time consuming part as always is sanding, painting and finishing. 

  • After drafting out my pieces in Google Sketchup, I used scrap wood around my shop and ended up using a mish mash of 1/4" pieces. The front panel is MDF, the back panel and dividers are sanded plywood, and the bottom is sanded fir.
  • For my divider and side pieces, all I did was mark 3" up from the bottom, the draw a line from the 3" mark to the top of the 3.5" mark, and then cut that on my table saw with my mitre sled.
  • Since I don't own a router or a dado blade for my table saw, I had to make multiple passes using my table saw (1/8" blade width) to cut out the grooves for the dividers. My first model I used the table saw fence and the cuts came out less than fabulous, for my second attempt I used my table saw mitre sled (that I also built myself...this has come in handy for all of the projects I've worked on, I would HIGHLY recommend that you build yourself one as one of your first woodworking projects...once you've got the basics down anyways!) and the cuts were AWESOME. Super straight, and much easier to cut as well as safer.
  • After all the cuts were made and I did a dry fit (always do a dry fit where you can, it eliminates any "oops" mistakes in measurements, etc. before you actually go to glue everything up) and it was perfect! Yay! Like I said, I'm always very surprised when everything fits as it should, this means I'm getting better right???
  • After the dry fit all I did was use wood glue and clamps to assemble. I could use finishing nails, but since the wood is only 1/4" thick I didn't want to risk nailing in something at an angle and completely messing up my project. Plus, all of my sewing knick knacks are really light and won't put unnecessary strain on the glue joints.
  • Next step is to wood fill any knicks or dents, sand, sand, sand, paint, then lightly sand smooth.

Random disorganized junk

Organized junk!

Double yay! I like the pop of color on the inside of the caddy, if I had a Silhouette Cameo, I would totally cut out decals that say "Sewing" (for the top front) and "Miscellaneous" (for the bottom front), how beautiful would that look??

Happy craft corralling!


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