Lock-miter Scrapwood Bookshelf

October 30, 2011 8 Comments

Roxy needed a place near her desk to put all of her law books. So, I made another cabinet out of left over wood pieces to hang above her desk. It has sliding doors to conceal the stuff inside too. I used a router-bit setup known as a lock-miter, which gives you more surface area for glue and also lines up your joints perfectly. Since I use scrap pieces of different wood species, the joint looks pretty interesting. There's no screws or even pin-nails but the cabinet is incredibly strong. It's all about the glue and joinery. I used a "Johnson cleat" system for hanging the cabinet on the wall. It's basically a piece of plywood with a beveled edge that is screwed to the wall. The cabinet has the same beveled edge on the back, that slips over the cleat to hang on the wall. It's much easier to hang a strip of wood on the wall rather than a cabinet, plus there's no screw holes on the inside. It's not meant to be a huge spacious cabinet really, just more of a bookshelf with doors and still keep the room feeling open. I really just needed any excuse to use the lock-miter.

8 Responses

jeannette
jeannette

September 23, 2015

the joints are hott. very tao.

zero34
zero34

September 23, 2015

two questions
1) Johnson Cleat vs French cleat? what’s the difference? I’ve never heard of it as a Johnson cleat…
2) who’s your router bit manufacturer of choice?

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

French cleat and Johnson cleat = same thing. I try to be politically correct on here. No, actually my dad has always just called them “Johnson cleats”. I like Amana router bits

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Haha, thanks Jeannette!

Emma
Emma

September 23, 2015

Your creativity blows me away! I love how you are constantly using scrap materials, here in Australia there is such a huge amount of waste on building sites and no real sense of community in sharing offcuts and unused materials, it all just goes to waste. I can’t wait to see the finished doll house!

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Thanks Emma! Yeah, I’ve gotten some good scrap from job sites, but there’s not a whole lot of construction here right now. I wish I could go to Australia and stock up!

mijk
mijk

September 23, 2015

I need to stop being afraid of powertools I want to build this..

Mijk

Ariele @ brooklyn to west
Ariele @ brooklyn to west

September 23, 2015

That joinery is impressive. You really rocked this cabinet. Bravo! I love it.

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