Picture of Desk-height Cabinet made with CNC Router
Another piece made with my blind mortice and pocket screw construction method.  This cabinet is desktop height (29") and is sized to accommodate most printers.    This was originally designed for office use as a printer stand/cabinet, but I feel that the dimensions and look of the piece make it suitable for general furniture use.

The doors are attached with full overlay  eurohinges, and the shelves are on adjustable pegs.

The cabinet was made from 3/4 inch plywood scraps that were lying around from other projects.  

The eurohinge pockets and shelf peg holes were cut out directly on the CNC router.  Screw and  drill hole locator marks were also etched into the parts, so assembly was quite fast.

I made it at Techshop:   http://www.techshop.ws

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

Picture of Materials and Equipment

- 3/4 plywood (1/2 sheet with plenty of leftover)

- 1/8 plywood (18x 24 inch)
-  veneer edge band (20 feet)
- wood glue
- pocket screws 1 1/4 inch (about 12)
-  flush mount eurohinges (4)
- shelf pegs (8)
- door handles (2)
-felt pads for feet

- 220 / 300 grit sandpaper
- furniture finish (I used water based polyurethane)


- CNC router
- Router bits ( 1/4 upcut, 1/4 downcut, 1/8 upcut, any size vcarve)
- Pocket screw kit (jig, drill driver)
- Clothes iron (for edge banding)
- Edge band trimmer
- screwdriver (electric)
- 3 foot bar clamps (4)
- Paint brushes
- Finish sander
aaronmgd4 months ago

Nice work! Can you provide the vcarve files for this project?

shallnot1 year ago
By using a thicker back (1/4") set into a rebate you can eliminate the pocket screws altogether as it will provide structural rigidity to the piece.
dogtooth (author)  shallnot1 year ago
Thanks for the advice. The pocket screws lock the mortises into the tenons, eliminating the need for clamping while the glue dries. The 1/8 backplate is set into a rebate.
jackbomber1 year ago
Very nice, clean build. Not being very familiar with CNC, I just have to wonder, can the pocket holes be made with the cnc, or would that require additional an axis?
dogtooth (author)  jackbomber1 year ago
Thanks. Step 2 includes the mortise and hinge pocket layouts for the CNC. Step 3 describes the cuts. If you look at the photo, you can see the mortise cuts.

Different CNC machines support a different number of axis. pocket cutting capability is usually described a 2.5 axis capability and ids fairly common for CNC routers & CAM software.
whats the making cost? Could you show the cost and timing of each part/procedure?
dogtooth (author)  jayeshshinai1 year ago
The cost and production time will vary by the materials and equipment used, and the number of units being made at a time. Perhaps you could let me know the reason for your question, and I might be able to answer better.
I have been trying to calculate the difference in time and cost when using CNC vs traditional methods of manufacturing furniture/wood products. Wanted to know which one is more cost effective.
I was hoping you could tell me how much time it took to build one and your estimate on the material cost for one piece.

Hmm, your could do some carving on it for home use.
dogtooth (author)  jayeshshinai1 year ago
Material cost is nearly identical- maybe a bit more waste on the CNC when cutting. Cranking out multiple units or complex parts, especially curved parts and mortices will be faster on the CNC. Creating the CAD and CAM files takes a lot of time, so your calculations have to include the time and cost of generating or acquiring these.

Instead of carving into plywood- a decorative technique I have used is laser cut-veneer inlays- http://www.instructables.com/id/Apartment-sized-sideboard-with-koi-veneer-pictoria/

Hope this helps.
dorybob1 year ago
very nice work.
TallMaker1 year ago
Do you have a Vcarve or Vectric file for this?
dogtooth (author)  TallMaker1 year ago
Step 2 shows all the parts, so it shouldn't be difficult to make a similar piece. If somebody wants to exactly reproduce this piece they can contact me privately.
Beautifully done!
simone671 year ago
Great job. This looks amazing