Why Change? - Powered Up! Shop Cabinet: Day 10.1

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It dawned on me yesterday that I may not have completely explained why I’m changing the plans. There’s nothing wrong with the plans for the first project in Steve Ramsey’s “Powered Up” online course, but I’m changing them anyway, to fit my needs. Steve has even said that he encourages it.

Here’s the reasons:

1) Space

I have limited space, so the cabinet needs to be narrower than the original design.

2) Old stock

I have some sheets of plywood I want to use up, because they’ve been sitting in the shop too long, and have become slightly warped. For the future, I’ve solved the warping issue, but I still have to use up this wood.

3) Dimensions of existing stock (1)

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to have my 4’x8’ sheets of plywood cut in thirds, so I get three 32”x48” sheets. They fit in my SUV, and 32” is normally plenty wide. So I’m limited to 32”, probably a little less to make sure the sides are square.

4) Dimensions of existing stock (2)

I have 1/2” plywood, but not 1/4” plywood. So for the door fronts, I’m using 1/2” instead of 1/4”.

Because of this, I’m just going to butt join the door stiles and rails. When glued to the 1/2” door front, they’ll be plenty strong enough. And I’ve made enough mistakes already. Simple is good, at this point.

Time to get to work. More later.

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