522 Bathroom cabinet part 1

April 5, 201422 Comments

My next big project is already underway, a “commission” piece for an old neighbor. After they did a little bathroom renovation, there’s now a need for a cabinet that can store towels and all those things you don’t necessarily want hanging out making the place look all cluttered.

bathroom cabinet construction

The cabinet itself is a pretty good sized piece. In fact a lot bigger than I had originally envisioned, but so far it’s coming together rather nicely.

The body of the cabinet is being constructed of a premium cherry veneered plywood, so the big question on my mind was what would I cover the exposed plies with? Veneer edge-banding or a thicker solid wood edge-banding?

I chose the thicker solid wood version and decided to try a technique to cut it repeatedly and accurately on the table saw that I hadn’t tried before.

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  1. Marilyn says:

    Nice trick for cutting edge banding. That’s really helpful. Can’t wait to see how your cabinet turns out. 🙂

  2. Rick says:

    Can you provide a bit more info, and a suggested source for that magnet post? One of the projects on my “want to do” list is to build a cedar strip kayak. That’s a PERFECT technique for ripping the 250+ strips that I will need to a very consistent thickness.

  3. Mike says:

    Matt, you talked about premium plywood. Have you found good plywood where the veneers are not toilet paper thin? Seems if you hit the veneer with sand paper you are through the surface immediately. What do you find for a source?

  4. John Ficorilli says:

    Great technique for the edge banding. I love your detailed explanations. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.

  5. Danny says:

    That is one huge cabinet, but it looks good. I have built some pieces for people and sometimes I’m surprised by some of the designs, dimensions and functions of the project. It’s a nice straight forward design and I can’t wait to see the completed unit.

  6. Kevin says:

    That was a lot of burning on that cherry. Cherry is evil for that but it shouldn’t be that bad. Overdue for a blade cleaning or is your fence outta whack? I was going to blame it on too slow of a feed rate but it was all on one side of the cut.

    • Joe Wiener says:

      How did you get rid of the burning on the exposed faces? I suspect sanding would lead to “same thickness” problems. My suggestion would be to run the edge over the jointer to clean off the saw marks and burns before cutting the next strip. Did I get it right?

  7. John Fitz says:

    Hey Matt, nice video. That’s quite a project – can’t wait to see how it turns out! I like that method for cutting thin strips, but for those who have one I wanted to point out that the Grripper takes away most of the risk and nervousness from cutting thin strips using the fence. You can get a 1/8″ “leg” that easily fits between the blade and fence so getting thin strips is relatively straightforward. The downside is that you need to remove the blade guard to use it that way.

    • Matt says:

      John thanks for pointing out the Gripper’s thin leg option! It’s still a little nerve-racking to move your hand over the spinning blade, but it’s a very viable option!

  8. TerryMcK says:

    Nice tip about using a magblock or similar on the left side of the blade Matt. Thanks for all the hard work you put into producing the podcasts BTW 🙂

  9. Subala says:

    Hi Matt, you mentioned you provide the info on where you found the stainless steel covered shelf. I’ve watched all three build installments and didn’t see it. Did I miss it? I’ve had a need for this myself. What exactly did you buy (stainless steel laminate? complete shelf?), and where did you get it? Thanks

    • Matt says:

      Sorry, in my rush to post the last couple of episodes I didn’t realize I hadn’t included the link to my resource. I’m planning to post an article this weekend that will include the resource and what they suggested for this particular shelf.

      • subala says:

        Thanks Matt, that’ll be great. This is going to save me sooooooo much time with building items for our kitchen. it already alternates between ash and stainless steel drawer fronts and doors. Also all the appliances are stainless steel. Now when I build an island or pantry, I’ll have the option of stainless or ash for the surfaces. This is fantastic.

        Oh, btw, your show on building the Roarockit skateboard was amazing. i flipped when I saw the Thin Air Veneer Press Kit. They’re extremely affordable. There’s no longer any reason to not try your hand at bent wood lamination, veneering or marquetry. That veneer press kit was a great find.

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