After leaving work on Friday afternoon, I picked up a sheet of 18mm WBP exterior plywood from a local timber merchant (Staddons). Before I had this van, I used to ask them to cut a full-sheet in to quarters (each approximately 4ft x 2ft), so that I could easily get it in to the back of my car. Now though, I can easily fit two half sheets (4ft x 4ft) in with room for plenty more!
In case you haven’t picked up on this from one of my previous posts, this plywood will be used to build the new cabinet for my table saw/router table station in the coming week, as I happened to have some spare holiday time from work, which has to be used up before the end of the year.
Dimensions of this cabinet have been altered slightly since I fitted the aluminium base rails to my table saw in a previous post. That 100mm depth of space just below the top will house some kind of dust extraction system that’ll prevent dust from building inside and below both my table saw and router table. Below that, I should also have plenty of room for power tool storage – even after all the work I’ve put in to improve my workshop over this past year, I still have large cases taking up floor space!
In order to get all the necessary components from one full sheet (and, to save the cost of buying any more plywood), I’ve re-designed this cabinet so that the top, shelf and also the back panel and made in a frame and panel style construction, with stiles and rails approximately 100mm wide. It’s all plywood and I’ll probably use biscuit joints to connect them (if only I had a pocket hole jig…). This should also reduce the weight of the unit. Holes in the top allow dust to fall through but, I’ll probably put some panels (12mm MDF, because I have lots of it) in between the shelf rails. I’m not too concerned about the back because it will rarely be seen, which is where I can also use some of the ply with the grain running in the ‘wrong’ direction, there.
Hopefully, I should have a little bit of plywood left over (it’s always nice to have some ‘in stock’; I rarely seem to have anything other than dusty MDF available, these days). I’ll keep you updated once the work is underway.
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