View Full Version : Biscuit joiner insanity

Russ Rosene
02-04-2010, 04:32 PM
As benchrester, I am an equipment freak. Rather an equipment mule. I remember fondly the early days, a rifle, a box of shells and occasionally a cleaning rod. Now with six boxes of gear and rifles getting to the bench has lengthened my arms. The dream of one self contained unit of transport was only a fantasy. A dream renewed every time I went to the range.

Trouble arrived recently when a client asked if I could build a cabinet. Not just any cabinet but a stunning monster of epic proportions [119"x108"]. I had constructed shop cabinets before but allowed that the monster was beyond my current capabilities. This is the slow part of my year and I thought it would be a good time to learn some new skills.

I hied myself to the local library and found an excellent book on constructing cabinets using a biscuit joiner. A quick call to a fellow tool head produced said joiner and I retired to ponder the mysteries of square cabinets and biscuits. The book laid out a sample cabinet of middling height and width with a single drawer and door. This looked like a winner. Except for one thing. I live in a 700 square foot town home that includes the one car [shop] garage. I did not need a spare cabinet of dubious utility.

Then it hit me, now was the time to build the ultimate range box. The one that would carry every gadget of shooting necessity. Oh how I would easily stroll to any bench and be the envy of those with lengthening arms. I began to measure and plot, the lure of everything I needed in one box drew me on. I have a rather large spotting scope [bought with delusions of 1000 yard shooting] and stand that needs to be babied. A front rest must also be contained. At first I thought golf bag sized. No. LARGE golf bag sized. Nope. With eight drawers this thing would need pneumatic tires. Possibly a motor.

One and a half sheets of 3/4" and the best part of one sheet of 1/2 plywood, an 8' 1x6 plank of red oak, 1-1/2 pounds of screws and package of finish nails, 32 biscuits and a pile of glue and unknown hours pondering my sanity the Dreadnought was born.

Soon it will sport wheels, drawer dividers and foam inserts for the rest and spotting scope.

Bill Ohio
02-04-2010, 05:15 PM
First-rate workmanship and write-up.

And an appropriate name for such a behemoth. :D

Roy Allain
02-04-2010, 08:11 PM
a couple of 12" Naval Rifles. But you'll need bigger wheels.:cool:

Wisht I had one. Maybe Alinwa will buy one since he has everything else. Maybe even the Naval Rifles.

You done good.


Russ Rosene
02-04-2010, 10:21 PM
Thank you Bill & Roy. It was a lot of fun to make. Roy, sorry no 12" but I do know where I can lay my hands on a 20mm. If I put a muzzle brake on it do you think I would be banned from Hunter competition?


02-05-2010, 09:14 AM

Where did you find the rail kit for the drawers?


steve stanley
02-05-2010, 09:20 AM
Now all you need is a forklift to unload it at the range and you'll be good to go. :) steve

Russ Rosene
02-05-2010, 09:34 AM
Adrian, Lowes & Home Depot sell them. I use the 100lb rated [I am a firm believer in over engineering]. If I remember correctly they were $18 for the 16" size.

Steve, since I am not Popeye this is a tilt, squat lift and slide [on it's back] into the bed of my truck. It will have a pair of aluminum rails on the back to facilitate this. The wheels will be attached like a hand cart so at rest they are off the ground.

02-05-2010, 11:18 AM
The real nice read professional quality drawer guides are accuride. I use nothing less on the cabinets i make, Never a question of quality or endurance. In fact i have a set that handle 500 lbs use them for pull outs in my truck for all my tools.


Russ Rosene
02-05-2010, 03:06 PM
Unless Sinclair would bundle vitamins with every purchase, I tend to doubt it. This was a 'because I can' project. When it is ready to roll we will see how practical it is.

Roy Allain
02-05-2010, 03:59 PM
Thank you Bill & Roy. It was a lot of fun to make. Roy, sorry no 12" but I do know where I can lay my hands on a 20mm. If I put a muzzle brake on it do you think I would be banned from Hunter competition?Russ

Banned? Why? With those puppies, no one will fool around with you. Go for it.:D


brian roberts
02-05-2010, 07:49 PM
sorta problem, the rifle is in there.............upside down........:eek::D:D;) Seriously, the work looks really well thought out, and well executed. But, if there were some firm, but not rigid, fixtures on either side of the butt, allowing a snug fit, it would allow the muzzle to be in the down position, draining into a Caplug between the time you got home and the time you get around to unpacking,.............the next day?? :) Thanks for the great photos, its really a nice piece of work!!

Big Shurl
02-07-2010, 01:29 AM
Now all you need is a deep cycle battery. A variable speed motor. Some 12 inch wheels and you've got an all surface cabinet. Very cool work looks great. That deep cycle could power your lamp, radio, heated motorcycle vest, refrigerator etc etc etc. Very cool work cabinet looks great. Tractor supply sells off road castors.

Heres you battery. Rolls 12 or 24 volt


Big Shurl
02-07-2010, 01:39 AM
Now that I think about it a man could build a cabinet to fit one of these.

Waylan Kisor
02-08-2010, 04:53 PM
no raised panel doors, jeez what a "crappy" looking cabinet, serously, being a sawdust head it looks like a first class job, and well thought out. I have been into woodworking, as a hobby for years, picked it up from my dad. I do cabinets, furniture and my own gunstocks. I have the plans drawn for a desk for my granddaughter, all solid wood with dovetail drawers.
Good job, I like good woodwork...