This is part 3 of my ABS pipe file rack build. You can find part 2 here.
After looking through my scrap pile for an appropriate sized piece for the bottom of the rack, I found another section of Chinese elm that I could use.
It was just long enough to use once the ends were squared off. I ripped a 5/8″ strip off one side to use as a lift strip to keep the tubes up off the bottom. If that doesn’t make sense now, you’ll see it better once it is complete.
Cutting Slots for the Bottom
I started by taking a measurement for the slot off the bottom piece using a Veritas Dual Marking Gauge.
I then use a wide chisel to further define and deepen the outline of the slot.
At this point, I can use my beloved router plane to clear out a layer of wood.
This cycle of chisel to router plane is repeated until I reach the desired depth. I suppose that I could use a chisel to hog out more wood in a single pass as I do with a dado but I find it hard to control. The router plane takes a bit longer but the end results are much cleaner.
Prepping the Bottom
More for practice than for need I decided to put the lift strip in a groove in the bottom. To do this I marked out the edges with a knife and then ran the router plane down to make the grooves.
I was then able to glue the strip into the groove, ready for final assembly.
As everything is sitting in slots or notches, I simply needed to glue the joints and clamp everything.
To finish up, I trimmed the ends of slats flush and put a coat of orange shellac over the entire file rack.
Finally, I fit the ABS tubes into place and filled them up with the files and rasps.
Here is a close up of how the lift strip on the bottom holds the tubes up. This allows any dust on the files to clear the tubes rather than collecting in their bottoms.
Hope you enjoyed it – thanks for reading!
You can find part 1 of the build here.