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    Wooden cassette for sewing supplies

    Wooden cassette for sewing supplies

    Storing a variety of sewing and home knitting utensils is always a hassle, because none of the factory-made furniture is equipped with the appropriate small containers. Using a drawer does not solve the problem either, because there are no compartments.

    Therefore, we propose to make an appropriate container-cassette shown in the drawing.

    The cassette consists of five boxes glued together from wood and connected by twelve slats pivoted to the sides of the boxes yes, sideways pull the upper containers to cause the boxes to slide sideways and expose the inside of the cassette. The containers are mounted on a wooden base and equipped with an appropriate handle enabling convenient carrying of the entire cassette.

    We start the construction of the cassette by making four identical smaller boxes, two of which will be additionally equipped with covers. Thick deciduous plywood is best suited for this purpose 10 mm.

    First, we prepare the appropriate number of the same elements 4 i 5, we sand them thoroughly with sandpaper, then glue them with wood glue, for example, wikol, by the butt joint method”, then we adjust the bottoms to them (6) thick plywood 6 mm and paste them inside the frames formed by the sides (4 i 5). When the glue is dry, sand all edges of the finished containers with fine-grained sandpaper, rounding the outer edges slightly. Containers should be made as carefully, so that when stacked on top of each other, they form a homogeneous block. Then cover the two upper containers with lids (7), which we also cut out of thick plywood 10 mm, and connect to the boxes with pieces of tape hinge and wood screws. Finally, drill holes with a diameter in the appropriate planes of the containers 3 mm and attach wooden knobs to them (14) with wood screws.

    The next stage of work will be to make a large lower container. It consists of two long sides (1), two transverse sides (2) and from the bottom (3). We make a large container from the same material, which was used for small containers. However, when joining the sides of this box (also for glue) You need to be careful, that the components are not warped, that is, the finished skeleton should be perfectly flat. Therefore, it is best to press the glued elements together with carpentry clamps (through wooden pads, in order not to injure the surface of the wood), and then place the skeleton to be glued on a flat surface, for example, on a table, and load it from above with a wide board pressed down with two bricks. When the glue is dry, adjust the plywood bottom to the center of the box 6 mm and paste them like this, so that it forms a uniform plane with the edges of the sides.

    The finished box must be very carefully sanded with fine-grained sandpaper.

    The base of the cassette consists of two plates (8) connected by a crossbar (9) and two wooden rollers (12). Its execution should begin with cutting out two identical elements (8) made of plywood or pieces of thick lumber 20 mm.

    For aesthetic reasons, the type of wood for the base elements should be adapted to the type of plywood used for the containers. So if the containers are made of hardwood plywood, the elements of the base should also be made of such plywood or of hardwood, and vice versa - the pine elements of the base should be adapted to pine plywood containers.

    The shape of the elements (8) shown in the picture can be changed depending on your preferences, enlarge or eliminate arcs of side undercuts, etc.. The same remarks apply to the crossbar (9) shown in the figure.

    Its thickness (20 mm) allows for free "butt-to-contact" with the sides of the base. Two wooden rollers provide the base with stiffness (12) in diameter 10 mm inserted and glued into the elements (8). The length of the rollers is 580 mm, so they protrude beyond the sides (8) po 20 mm on each side. If we fail to buy in a molding shop (private trade) ready rollers, then we have to do them ourselves. For this purpose, you need to get two slats of the appropriate length, cross section from 12×12 do 14×14 mm, and then, with a plane, give them a shape similar to round. The exact shape can be obtained by patient sanding with sandpaper. The finished base should be stiff and stable; during its assembly, pay attention to the perfectly parallel position of the side elements (8), because the stability of the entire cassette depends on it.

    We mentioned at the beginning, that the cassette receptacles are pivotally connected by the side slats (15 i 16). These slats must be stiff and strong. So we make them either from thick plywood 10 mm, or made of hardwood, for example, oak.

    Shorter slats (15), shown in the picture, are equipped with two holes with a diameter 3 mm, while longer slats (16) – drawing – have three holes, also in diameter 3 mm. Moldings, no matter what material they are made of, must be very carefully sanded with sandpaper.

    Mark out points before final assembly of the cassette, in which the axes of rotation of the connecting strips must be present. To do this, place all the cassette boxes in this order, in which they are to be attached, and mark points for connecting screws on their sides.

    In the designated places, holes should be drilled for screws with a diameter 1,5 mm or slightly puncture these places with a steel spike. Then the connecting strips are screwed to the wood with screws, paying attention to leaving a small play allowing the rotary connection of the elements. Place the connected boxes on the base and glue them with wicker, remembering, keep the sides of the base equidistant from both ends of the cassette.

    The handle for carrying the cassette consists of two vertical slats (11) and crossbars (10) shape adapted for comfortable gripping by hand. Vertical slats, with a cross-section of 20×40 mm, we will make of plywood thick 20 mm. Rectangular holes 20×25 mm in the slats we cut with a sharp chisel, matching them to the ends of the crossbar, also made of thick plywood 20 mm.

    Glue the finished parts of the handle together and glue them to the side surfaces of a large container, in the place marked in the drawing with a dotted line.

    If it turned out, that the smaller containers of the cassette can barely fit between the vertical slats (11), this before sticking them to the elements (1) should be cut from the thickness modeling plywood 1 mm rectangular washers with dimensions of 40×100 mm and glue them between the vertical strips (11) and sides of a longer container.

    At the end of the assembly of the cassette, we need to attach the element covering the connection of smaller containers. Element ten (13) we will make a strip of thick plywood 3 mm and stick to one of the top covers of the containers. On the other hand, we will connect both lids of small containers with their sides with pieces of a decorative chain and wood screws. The length of the chains should be selected experimentally yes, so that the lids open, but did not tear the screws that fastened the hinge.

    After the assembly is completed, all wooden surfaces must be painted with several (at least two) layers of transparent nitro varnish. Apply the next layers of varnish only after the previous layer is completely dry. Of course, any oil enamel can also be used instead of a clear varnish, depending on the preferences and color of the furniture in the apartment.

    And finally, a note about the materials used. In case of difficulties with purchasing thick plywood 20 mm the elements of the cassette can be made of plywood thick 10 mm and stick two identical elements together, thus obtaining the desired thickness, and thus the strength of the material.


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