My question is about Roy’s nail cabinet (PWM, February 2014). I have built the cabinet, turned it into a crate and have the door ready to assemble. I still need to build 21 drawers. I am so glad that you did this article it is the thing I have been wanting to add to my shop. My question is about the bottom of the cabinet as it hang on the wall. Why is there a 1/2” overhang on each side? Is it just because that is the way the original is made? Or is there a mechanical reason behind it? It has just confused me since I started looking into the cabinet.
I wondered that myself when I measured the original at Roy’s shop. The only stupid explanation I could come up with is that it was some sort of slight visual clue that it was the base of the cabinet.
1. Perhaps the maker forgot to cut the bottom stile to finished length after attaching it and left it as-is?
2. Perhaps the overhang has something to do with the box’s former life as a crate? Was it a way to grab the crate to slide it forward? I think this is unlikely for a number of reasons as it would make the crate less efficient to pack against other crates. And there are already places one the crate to grab – the rails and stiles.
3. The Trilateral Commission had a hand in it?
4. You hang stuff on the overhangs?
Crate experts are encouraged to weigh in.
— Christopher Schwarz