Multi-Use Cabinet (4)


Back Panel

After the plywood core, the cherry frame and the decorations, I now turn to the back panel of the cabinet. In its up-position, it covers and protects the drawers section, while in the down-position it functions as a side table when sitting outside the van, with the side doors of the cargo van conversion open. The panel will be hinged at the bottom and have sliding locks at the top.


First I cover a plywood sheet with cherry ply to form the core of the panel. Next is the edging; for durability, I choose a 1/8” cherry strip.
There are multiple ways to saw and attach the edging. Using only basic tools and few clamps, I start with a cherry board, slightly larger than the longest panel edge.
After sizing and dimensioning to a thickness proud of the panel, the board is glued to the panel.


5051The rigidness of the board ensures a good distribution of pressure, which limits the need of additional clamps.


A few hours later we’re ready to cut the edging to its appropriate width.


The hardwood edge should now be, just proud of the the plywood panel.

With a careful use of a block plane, most of the protruding edge is removed.

A scraper, followed by a light sanding finish the job.

Both ends are now cut flush.

This durable hardwood edge will stand up to more abuse than any iron-on edge banding.


The previous process is repeated for each side of the panel.

The finished panel now covers the rear opening of the cabinet.



Remaining are two side posts that will protect the panel and hide the edges of the plywood side panels.


A tight fit


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