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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Member Projects => Topic started by: Birdhunter on October 26, 2019, 11:27 AM

Title: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Birdhunter on October 26, 2019, 11:27 AM
I'be been asked to build a desk for my Pilates studio. It's very much a cabinet type structure and I plan to use Baltic birch with oak edging. It will be painted.

The project will be built in my home, broken down, transported to the studio and reassembled there.

I'd like to use the 500's connectors as I already have the kit, but I was thinking that a combination of Dominos and pocket holes would be a lot cheaper and still allow me to build it as a knockdown.

Comments?
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Gregor on October 26, 2019, 12:24 PM
In any case: They have asked, they at least have to pay for the material.

I have no idea about the size or complexity of the desk, so no idea how using dominos and the connectors would increase the BOM. What do you estimate for difference in cost? Could you post a sketch, it's hard to answer without any information?
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Michael Kellough on October 26, 2019, 01:02 PM
Domino/pocket screw joinery is a great combination, especially if you’re doing the reassembly yourself. Keep the screws close to the Dominos to reduce distortion of the panel as the screw is tightened.

If that scheme puts a relatively unsightly pocket hole in a easily seen location you could use the more costly fastener instead.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: jobsworth on October 26, 2019, 03:02 PM
Should be fine as long the PH are out of site.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: xedos on October 26, 2019, 03:13 PM
I wouldn't use Oak edging if I were going to paint this.

Better to use Maple or Poplar.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Bert Vanderveen on October 26, 2019, 04:24 PM
Watch a few video’s from Vitten at YouTube and you will have acquired all the knowhow you need.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Birdhunter on October 26, 2019, 04:54 PM
Thanks to everyone. I will use poplar for edging and I’ve decided on a combination of pocket holes and connectors. The tip on placing the pocket holes and tenons close together makes a lot of sense.

The Pilates studio will have their painter do all painting as I don’t have any spray equipment.

This project gives me an excuse to buy a folding out feed table for my SawStop.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: SRSemenza on October 26, 2019, 07:26 PM
For painted I'd go maple on that edge. Hard for durability and smooth grain for paint.

I take it that it is just too big to move after assembly?

Seth
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Birdhunter on October 26, 2019, 07:33 PM
It’s an L shaped reception desk 45” tall with one side 80” and the other 72” and a desk level at 35”. Made of 3/4” Baltic birch, it will be heavy.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: tjbnwi on October 26, 2019, 07:39 PM
Domino's and pocket screw will work just fine. You can also T&G and pocket screw. As mentioned hide the pocket screws.

Maple plywood paints up much better than BB. You'll need a little more prep work with the BB. Sand it to 150, you may need to fill some grain, trowelable floor filler works great.

Maple edge banding or solid maple nose. If you go nose it can be Dominod or T&G'd. Look into the Collins plywood prep bit.

I'd recommend SW Wall and Wood primer with Emerald Urethane for the top coats. W&W sands great, Emerald will give you a very durable finish.

Tom
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: Birdhunter on October 26, 2019, 07:46 PM
I have a Mafell DD40 doweling machine that I may work into the project. It’s an amazing machine.
Title: Re: Cabinetry Question
Post by: tjbnwi on October 26, 2019, 08:49 PM
I have a Mafell DD40 doweling machine that I may work into the project. It’s an amazing machine.

It should work just fine.

Tom