This cabinet can be done in just 3 days. The time consuming work was drying of the veneer glue. The wall mounted cabinet is made with 18mm plywood. The wall mounted cabinet looks huge but its just 4 feet wide. The sides are decorated with veneer while the door has a different coloured veneer. The front edges are trimmed with pine wood strips to bring out the contrast. Read ahead to know how you can make this.
Wall mounted cabinet – Measurements
The wall mounted cabinet is a box which is 16inch deep, 16inch tall and 4 feet wide. It am going to finish the box with veneer on the sides and face frames on the front.
The plywood cuts are easy. Once you cut them according to the measurements then its time to assemble them.
I prefer to dado the edge of the sides before assembling them. So I set the router to half the depth of 18mm plywood. The width of the cut is set at 18mm. It is important to slowly pass the plywood on the router to put less stress on it. Its taking on huge chunks so I did not force the wood into it. At the end of the cut I take a piece of plywood to check if the cut is right.
Once the pieces are laid on the floor I test fit to see if they fit correct. Then I apply Fevicol Hyper wood glue and use braid nails to temporarily hold the box together. I shoot brad nails just to hold them before I secure it with screws.
To create the divider in between I use another piece of 18mm plywood. By keeping it on the box I take the measurements and then cut it on the table saw. The plywood have a slight bow to it so I use my clamps while I drill the pilot holes with Dremel tool.
Before driving in the screws I counter sink with a larger drill bit. Because I am going to stick some veneer on it I dint want the screws sticking out.
Here I flip the box straight and do the same process of drilling some pilot holes, counter sink them and then use inch and a half screws to secure the sides.
To create the shorter strips I used some left over pine wood and cut 18mm wide strips. The strips were almost square with 18mm wide and high. These strips went on the inside of the wall mounted cabinet.
I inset these strips so later I can use some L-brackets to bolt and mount the cabinet on the wall. Later I cut some 6mm plywood to secure it as backing board to the wall mounted cabinet. The backing board was screwed into these strips of wood. I’m sorry but I did not capture this in camera.
The face frames on the front-side were milled from this long 8 feet pine wood. I first cut it to length and then ran it through the table saw to create 18mm wide strips.
Then I set these strips on the wall mounted cabinet and mark where I have to cut. Using the table saw and miter sled I cut 45 degree angle at the ends.
After running a strip of fevicol hyper wood glue I shoot some brad nails to secure the face frame in place. I follow the same process to make the rest of the face frame.
To attach the centre face frame I cut a small strip to size and secured it with nails and glue.
This step was probably not necessary. I set these strips to have a small ledge from things rolling out the wall mounted cabinet. It would have made sense to just attach these strips to bottom side only, but I did it on all sides just to make the wall mounted cabinet look nice.
Before sticking the veneer to the sides I give the edges a thorough sanding. This made the edges flush. I check if the oversized veneer fits properly and then used a good amount of fevicol hyper to glue them. Later I learnt that I could have used spray adhesive or 3M double-sided tape.
Without loosing any time I quickly put the veneer in its place and secured it with clamps. I kept some strips of wood so I can even out the pressure from the clamps. Also clamps leave marks on the wood so this helped.
After a good 6 hours I removed the clamp and trimmed the veneer flush with the router.
Before applying the veneer on the sides I cleaned the glue drips using a chisel. Then after sanding the side I follow the previous steps to stick the veneer. I did not have any weights so I just used water can to serve as some weight.
The doors of the wall mounted cabinet were also cut from 18mm plywood on my cross cut sled. It was then cut to size on the table saw. I stuck a different coloured veneer on the doors and trimmed them with the router.
To cover up the end cuts of the door I used some Sagwan wood strips and cut them to size using the 45degree sled. Thanks to Steve Ramsey of Wood working for mere mortals.
The doors are attached using Auto hinges or as some call European hinges. To fit them on the door you have to drill a 32mm hole using forcener bit like this. Make sure that the hole is near the edge but not outside. Inside this hole one part of the hinge will fit. The second part of the hinge is attached to the side. And then by holding the door with one hand I screw in to secure it to the cabinet.
The wall mounted cabinet was finished with white paint on the inside. I am applying the wood primer now. After two coats of it I applied 2 coats of white paint.
For the outside of the cabinet I gently sanded with 320grit sanding paper. Then wiped it clean with a piece of rag. I used Asian paints touch wood. I loved how it lifted the colour of it. I applied the same with a brush for the pine face frames too.
Before the second coat I sanded lightly with 320. Using the roller was a bad idea. It left bubbles on the sides which I later touched with my finger to pop them out.
With that the box is almost done. I used these L-Camps to bolt the cabinet to the wall.
I added these sleek hardware as door handles. I wanted to keep my camera gear here primarily. I am so happy that this huge bag fits in here nice. On the other side I put in some slider where I can make a shelf. But I haven’t put a piece of plywood there yet.
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