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How to Build a Rolling File Cabinet

Rolling File Cabinet

Andrew explains how to design and build a rolling file cabinet.


Date: March 1, 2011



1. Cut 2 12 in pieces of 2x4.

2. Cut 2 15 in pieces of 2x4.

3. Rip all pieces in half on a table saw. You should end up with pieces that are 1½ x 1¾.

4. Make sure you use a push stick and have someone catch the pieces as they come off the table saw.

5. Cut 4 pieces at 20" out of the remaining cedar 2x4's.

1. Put a dato blade in your table saw. Set the fence so that with the dato you cut ¾ out.

2. Set the dato blade to ¾' high.

3. Take the 12" ripped pieces and put a ¾" dato cut lengthwise on all 4.

4. Use a pocket hole jig and a biscuit jointer to fasten the frame work together.

5. The 20" cedar 2X4's will be the upright, vertical pieces that the casters attach to.

6. The 12" dato cut pieces provide the length.

7. Fasten the first 12" piece between 2 of the upright 20" pieces. Fasten it flush to the top.

8. Use the 4 cedar 15" pieces to set the width.

9. Fasten the first 15" piece flush with the top of the upright 20" piece. The second one fasten 14" lower.

10. Put the second one 13¾" down.

11. Cut 5 pieces of poplar at 187/8" long.

12. On the table saw rip 3 of the 187/8" pieces to 33/8" wide. Stop when you have 5 finished 33/8" wide pieces.

13. Take the other two 187/8" poplar pieces and rip them to 73/8" wide.

14. Take the leftover poplar and rip 10 pieces 2" wide by 153/16" long.
(If you are following the steps in the Video you will need to frame the top with poplar to the dimension of a hanging file)

15. Take the 2" wide pieces and fit them into the dato cuts made in the cedar. They should stand upright and serve as the sides. Nail them down.

16. Take the 2 poplar pieces that are ripped to 73/8" wide and put them down inside as the floor. Nail down.

17. Screw the casters on to the bottom of the 20" cedar 2x4's.

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