It's always fun to build something for the shop, but my first project of real furniture had a truly useful function inside the house.
Having just moved into a new house, we were in desperate need of furniture for my wife's office. She wanted the file cabinet first, so I got right to work on the design of the lateral file.
I worked from the plans below because at that point in my woodworking development I couldn't manage without written design details.
As you can see, both drawers ride on 16" full extension Accuride glides. The center divider allows folder orientation in both directions as shown. CAUTION: If you pull out both drawers at once, the whole thing will tip over.
The following diagrams are from my own sketches for cutting dimensioned hard maple and maple plywood.
For this kind of project, I believe biscuit joints are called for if you want a solid, sturdy file case. Biscuit joints speed up the work flow and allow for a little lateral adjustment (slop), as opposed to tenons, splines, dadoes and the like. The glue-up process is also quick and there's no compromise on stability.
A & H Turf & Specialties
16" Drawer Slide 150lb. Over Travel Pair (C4034-16D)
Rockler Woodworking & Hardware
Folder Hanger Easy Slip-on (#63016)
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