top right photo, page 76.) It is held in place by cleats screwed and glued to the sides of the cabinet opening. (See Fig. 1.) We loaded this pull-out drawer with cordless drills and glue supplies
On the opposite side of the cabinet, three bin drawers, each a different length, store pipe clamps, quick clamps or other long or heavy items such as wooden cauls. These drawers tilt outward, stopping at a convenient angle to prevent the drawer or its contents from spilling. (See top left photo, page 76.) The drawers are simple to build, but careful layout is important to get the correct pivoting action. (See sidebar, opposite page.)
On both sides of the cabinet, strips of plastic laminate attached to the shelves with contact cement reduce friction and wear, helping the drawers to slide in and out smoothlv.
A Three-Layer Top
The top is made from three layers of 1/2-in.-thick medium-density fiber-board (MDF). This is the best choice in sheet goods because MDF is more stable than plywood or particleboard, so it will stay flatter. (For more on man-made panels, see AW #43.)
The two bottom layers of MDF are glued together and edged in solid wood. The third, top sheet is secured to the bottom assembly with screws from below. (See Fig. 1.) If it ever becomes chipped or damaged in use, you can replace the top by screwing on a fresh sheet.
We glued up the bottom layers by spreading glue on each sheet with a paint roller, then tacking the two pieces together with an aif stapler. We edged the assembly with 3/4-in. by 1'/2-in. maple, using biscuits every 10 in. or so to align and strengthen the joints. To attach the top to the cabinet, drill and countersink holes in the top cleats, then center the top on the cabinet and screw it fast from below.
To make the assembly table more user-friendly, we hand-planed small chamfers on the edges of the door and drawers with a block plane and broke sharp edges with sandpaper.
Finally, we gave the cabinet and top a couple coats of Deft brushing lacquer. Polyurethane will also keep the cabinet clean and prevent glue and other spills from sticking to the top. A
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