My first furniture sized project

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    Eric Chatham

    This is really my third project, the first being my roubo bench, and second a dovetail box. Only changes to Pauls design is the cabinet itself is an inch deeper, and the drawers are an inch taller. Maple carcass and shelves, sapele panels and drawer fronts. I made some mistakes but all minor and correctable, and i learned from all of them. Finished with BLO, Garnet shellac, and paste wax. Haven’t wall hung it yet, and it occurs to me that had i made it 34 inches wide instead of 32, i could have used the project wall brackets on each side centered on a stud. I still can, but the brackets will stick out past the edges of the cabinet. What are wall studs in the UK centered on?

    Sven-Olof Jansson

    Congratulations to an impressive piece of cabinet making, Eric!

    European standards, which I believe UK follows, call for studs to be 45 mm thick (in reality often 1¾” [manufacturers being reluctant to invest in new machinery]) with 600 mm between them, allowing for standardised 555 mm wide insulation sheets.

    Now, there have to be exceptions – otherwise it wouldn’t be Europe. Hence, for bathrooms and laundry chambers the inter-wall stud distance is 450 mm, for which there are also standardised insulation sheets.

    Needless to say, plaster boards are 1200 mm wide, with mineral boards for bathrooms being 900 mm in width.

    (We have a Boatswain’s croft from 1804. It, only very reluctantly yields to contemporary European building standards – or for that matter, anything else that is to be recti-linear.)


    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

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