Instead of settling for a standard shop cabinet made with plywood and screws, I set out to make one with hardwoods. The cabinet would primarily serve to store my router and bits. The first step was to mill the wood for the sides, top, shelves and center divider. Dovetails would be used for the joins, and I used a router jig to cut the dados. When cutting was done, I sanded the insides and assembled the cabinet. For the door, I tried a different technique which puts rabbets already in place. I used a water-based topcoat for the finish.
- Instead of building a plywood and screw woodworking cabinets, I set out to build one with hardwoods.
- A router jig is used to cut 1/4″ deep and angled dados.
- A better door-building technique does the rabbeting ahead of time rather than after assembly.
“As we gain experience in woodworking, we find or learn new techniques that make our work better.”