This pigeonhole unit is good for storing art equipment or being used as a dining servery.
It’s comprised of nine individual boxes made from 9.5mm plywood, butt joined using yellow PVA adhesive and 15mm brads driven with an electric nailer or by hand.
An outside joining layer of the same plywood thickens the walls, adding strength and stability.
For a modern finish we chose the medium tone and interesting grain of 9.5mm Fijian cedar plywood from Mister Ply&Wood (www.misterplywood.com.au), about $315 for 3.5 2400mm sheets.
Have it cut to size by the supplier for fast, accurate assembly.
Aluminium flat bar positioned along the edges contrasts with the plywood and disguises the joins. Cut the aluminium using a mitre saw with a metal cutting blade, or use a timber cutting blade lubricated with a spray of WD-40.
Finishing the plywood
Apply two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac using a fine natural brush.
Shellac dries quickly, so try to avoid drips or blotches as there’s no time to wipe up errors.
Finish with a protective layer of beeswax furniture polish.
White and yellow woodworking adhesives are water-based polyvinyl acetate glues, or PVAs.
Yellow glue has a shorter drying time than white, usually up to 10 minutes, and keeps its colour when dry, while white PVA dries clear.
Cross-linking PVAs have greater inherent holding powers, as the strands interlock when bonding, improving the strength of the join.
For a project like this kitchen trolley, where a mixture of strength and speed is required, use a yellow cross-linking PVA such as Titebond Premium II, $15 for 473ml, from Titebond. www.titebond.com.au