Refined Printer Cabinet

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Happy New Year!!!!

Whew, it's been a crazy busy few weeks for us!!!  Is anyone else out there a little bit excited to get back to work, get kids back in school ... just to have some down time???  Imagine that, going to work to get some down time ... LOL!  There is no busier, no harder job than taking care of children.  Good thing it is also the most fulfilling and rewarding job out there.

What better way to start off the New Year with an amazing project plan?

A while back my friend Jen Woodhouse wanted to give her dad a new printer stand.  

Because her Dad's DIY printer stand .... well, could use a little refinement.

Jen wanted to build a printer table that would complement her Dad's exisiting desk.  So I worked with her to create a plan, and a few weeks later, here's Dad's new office!

So much better!!!

Isn't this little printer table absolutely gorgeous?  I almost think Dad needs a new desk to match the printer table now!!!

It's the little details that make this printer table so beautiful.  

I love how Jen added routered trim to the side panels.  You must read how she did this here - you could use this technique to dress up just about any piece of furniture!

So you know what to do - go check out Jen's building post here, and then get the free plans following!  And please share when you make yours - we'd love to see how you customize and finish your printer table too!

XO Ana + Family

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

1 sheet of 3/4" hardwood plywood
1 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 27"
1 - 1/4" plywood (24x48 inch panel will work)
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 27" (drawer face)
4 Bun Feet

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

CUT LIST
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 20" x 20-3/4" (sides)
2 - 3/4" plwyood @ 20" x 28-1/2" (shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 20-3/4" (side trim for face frame)
1 - 1x2 @ 27" (top trim for face frame)
1 - 1x3 @ 27" (bottom trim for face frame)
2 - 1x2 @ 20" (drawer cleats)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-3/4" x 30" (top)
1- 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 21-1/2" (back)

DRAWER - Cut to fit your opening and drawer slides!
2 - 1x4 @ 24-1/2" (front and back)
2 - 1x4 @ 16" (sides)
1 - 1x6 @ 26-3/4" (drawer face)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward on the insides of the sides for attaching the top in later steps.

Attach shelves to the sides - middle shelf can be fixed or floating (added later with shelf pins).

NOTE for perfectionists - to get the shelf just right, consider cutting off a 1/4" on the front edge and applying edge banding to the front edge of the shelf.

Step 2

Build your face frame first with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach to front of cabinet with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 3

You'll need to bring the sides of the cabinet in for the drawer slides. Attach 1x2 to insides with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 4

Attach top through pocket holes drilled in step 1 with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Add moulding around the sides for added detail.

Step 7

Attach feet to base.

Step 8

Measure the opening of your drawer area in the cabinet. Read the instructions with your drawer slides and check the clearance needed (normally 1/2" per side for a total of 1"). Build your drawer to fit with the sides cut to the length of the slides, and the front and back cut to the desired width minus 1-1/2".

Step 9

Install the drawer on drawer slides inside the cabinet.

Step 10

Place drawer face over the drawer box with an even gap to sides and top. Nail and glue to drawer box. Then add a few 1-1/4" (pocket hole screw are fine here) from the inside.

NOTE: It may be easier to add your handle before installing the drawer.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

James1234

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 08:41

Great plans! Looking at how Jen added the 1x3 trim on the 3/4" ply....doing this would change all the dimensions of your plan right? I'm trying to figure out the easiest way to follow your plan but also add the routered trim on the sides. Thanks!