A bunch of stuff has cropped up the last couple weeks so the finishing of this project is going slow.
I'm still looking into the finish. No food will be stored in this but, still, I'd like something that won't be problematic. In the mean time . . .
I got the utensil drawer and another drawer built. As well as fitted the shelves for the "standard" spice-bottle sized items in one of the doors. Latches have been fitted. Some slim profile handles have been fabbed up and fitted to make it easier to lift the chuck box out of the base. And some wooden "guide ramps" have been glued to the inside corners of the base. These help guide the chuck box as it is lowered back into the base for storage so that the hinges don't catch on the base leg panels. It's a small thing, not a big deal . . . but it'll make it just that much easier to pack away. And for the cost of nothing but time (made out of ripped scrap wood) I figured why not.
The utensil drawer (left) and a general use drawer (right). The
notches in the utensil drawer are to allow clearance of the left
door when closed (door fits between utensil drawer and top of
chuck box). And the general use drawer is sized so it fits between
the adjustable shelves when they are two spaces apart.
(spacing is modular)
And the drawer to chuck box tolerances are about 1/16" so that
there is minimal deflection when pulled out for access. No drawer
guides are needed.
Test fitting the drawer into the chuck box. It can be pulled about 3/4 of
the way out and be self-supporting, making accessing contents easy.
The drawers as slid into place in the chuck box.
Oh, and I've started developing a plan set for the project for those interested. It's going to be a little ambitious and hopefully thorough and easy to build for good appearance. I'm trying to arrange the panel cut layout so that the visible pieces are all grain-matched on the exterior surfaces of the chuck box. I'm also trying to sequence and arrange the cut layout for maximum accuracy. The plan set is designed to print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. And the chuck box should be buildable with some reasonably basic power tools: skill saw, straight edge, router, drill, hammer
Here is a sample of one of the pages.
Right now everything is real rough. I'm just trying to get all the drawings done, later I'll fine tune the text and layout.