Smith Media Wall: Side Base Cabinet

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Shopping List: 

1/2 sheet of 3/4” plywood ripped into strips 15 3/4” wide (referred to as 1x16 in this plan)*
1/2 sheet of 1/4” plywood
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
12 feet of 1x3 boards for doors
31” of 3 1/4” base moulding
1 set of inset style drawer hinges designed to work with doors with 1/8" gap around doors (or you can build your doors to fit the openings and your hinges as recommended)

*We used PureBond Formaldehyde Free Plywood in Birch for the carcass and then used Alaskan Birch for the face frames and door frames. The door panels are made of PureBond Formaldehyde Free Plywood in birch, 1/4" thickness.

*Note if you are making multiple pieces for this collection, you may wish to figure the entire cut list as there will be scraps and you may need less materials than called for in shopping lists

This cabinet was built using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and 1 1/4" finish nails for attaching plywood and face frames

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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!

Dimensions shown above. Note the pictured media center was altered to be 6" narrower for all side units.
Cut List: 

1 - 1x16 @ 31” (Top)
2 - 1X16 @ 29 1/4” (Sides)
2 - 1X16 @ 29 1/2” (Shelves)
1/4” PLYWOOD 31” x 30” (Back)

1 - 1x2 @ 31”
2 - 1x2 @ 28”
2 - 1x2 @ 29 1/4”

1 - 3 1/4” base moulding @ 31”

DOORS (for 2 doors)
4 - 1x3 @ 13 3/4”
4 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2”
Plywood inset for 1/4” inset is 19” x 9 1/4”

Step 1: 

First, build the box. If you are using adjustable shelf pin holes, drill those first - it will be much easier than later on, after the back and face frame are attached.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Build face frame separately, including adding the top lip with pocket hole screws. Then attach entire face frame to front of cabinet.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach back with finish nails and wood glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach base moulding with finish nails and wood glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

The Ram made the doors with a table saw by cutting a frame out with 1x3s and then running the boards through a table saw twice to cut a center groove. Then he cuts plywood to fit, and pocket holes the frame around the plywood. The doors are beautiful. When he gets a day off, I promise I'll make him do a video for you. 

For doors, it's always a good idea to build to fit openings and the types of hinges you are using. We used these hinges and they are awesome. I like to leave an 1/8" gap around all sides of the doors when doing inset doors as it is easy to close and open. I find as long as the gap is consistent, it looks good.

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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Beautiful collection Ana! Really gorgeous finish Uncle :) looking forward to the RAMs video. Continued thanks for all the wonderful plans, projects, tips and tricks!!!!!

<>< Tamara :0)
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I either miscalculated or the materials list is incorrect. I bought a full sheet of 3/4'' plywood and had it ripped into 15 3/4, which yielded me six-15 3/4'' strips and some change. I had planned to build two cabinets, but the sides, top, and shelving of the plan required me to use 5 of those 15 3/4'' strips. Did I miss something or should it be a full sheet of 3/4" plywood? Thanks!