Today I put the finishing touches to a rolling cabinet for the workshop. The dimensions are identical to a rolling sysport I built a few months ago, so I can put the two cabinets end to end and use the TS55 on it. I experimented with a few things, such as domidrawers and I used the domino to laminate some oak panels for a sliding top shelf. It was also the first time I had built some frame and panel doors. I used Blum hinges but I did not realise that with these, the doors do not open flush with the inside of the cabinet so I cannot pull out the sliding shelf that I had put in! So I will have to add a small filler block to the cabinet insides and reattach the drawer slides. Annoying but a useful lesson learnt.
The top is 3/4" MDF sitting in a rebate which I intend to be sacrificial. However I may replace it with something more attractive in keeping with the rest of the piece. I can keep the MDF to one side if I have to use the TS55.
I was using wood left over from other projects, so the carcass is painted plywood, the doors are oak panels in maple frames, and the drawer fronts are ash. To harmonise the colour, I used a cherry gel stain over shellac base. I am going to do one more coat of gel stain leaving out the door panels.
Just a note on using festools to edge join panels. First I cut a perfect straight edge on the two oak panels with the ts55. The I used the domino to edge join them. Finally the ro125 to sand them baby-bottom smooth and the OF1400 to route a groove round the edge. I can barely spot the edge line.
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