08:58AM | 02/11/05
Member Since: 10/08/03
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Does this sound doable to anyone? I have a beat up old 5 drawer file cabinet that works good. I have an office I am working but butt off to fix up so I also have no money to buy a wood cabinet but don't want a ratty metal one in there, even if I repaint it. Could I build a 1 x whatever wood "skin" around it and glue a wood drawer front on the metal, so from the outside it looks like a wooden file cabinet but on the inside hides the ratty tin box?


03:07PM | 02/11/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Just my opinion here. I bet it can be done, but I doubt it'd be worth it. My rationale:

It would cost some money to do it, even if you're just buying some cheesy plywood or something. Then you'll need adhesives, maybe trim pieces, paint, etc.

It would take time and effort. What is your time worth? How many hours would it take? I'd guess quite a few--not counting lugging it (or materials) around and working on it, making a mess, denting walls with it, what have you.

It would be one thing if you're talking about sprucing up a family heirloom or something you could take pride in. But a "ratty tin box?"

A question for you: What about HIDING it? Perhaps buying a louvered screen or something. Or maybe putting it in a closet and forgetting about it.

Good luck; let us know how it goes!


-k2 in CO

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