Friday, December 4, 2009

Office Unit – Part 2

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Office Unit: Painted and Glazed Body with Stained Alder Surfaces

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Once all the cabinets were constructed and dry fit, we turned our attention to the file cabinets.  The desk section of the office unit included eight file cabinet drawers.  All of the drawers were constructed from 1/2″ baltic birch with raised panel drawer fronts to match the cabinet doors on the wall portion of the office unit.

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All eight file drawers are mounted to the cabinet boxes using full-extension soft-close ball bearing drawer slides.  We almost always choose ball bearing drawer slides over the less expensive white epoxy drawer slides.  One reason is the fact that the ball bearing slides can hold more weight (I think these slides are 100 lb. rated).  The ball bearing slides will also provide many more years of worry free use than the epoxy slides. Another nice feature about these slides we used is the soft-close feature.  Each slide has a small piston at the back of the slide body which, when the drawer is closed, absorbs the impact of the drawers weight and slowly closes the drawer. This prevents the drawers from being slammed shut and also ensures the drawer fronts will remain snug to the cabinet box when they are shut.

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Here is an overall look at the entire unit as it will sit in the room. There are still several details left to work on, most notably the two vertical turned columns and all the upper trim work.  That will be shown in the next blog entry.  So far, all the Alder counter tops have been cut and sanded and installed on their respected cabinets, the curved desk top has been shaped, and all the cabinet doors have been installed.

So, a few more details left to finish up and it is off to the finishing room for all the pieces!