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Hi, I have built a small cabinet frame from from 8020. ( technically the 1010 material, so 1 x 1 inch framing size)

It is roughly 20 x 30 x 40 inches.

I am looking for some ideas on materials to skin it with.

An example would be 1/4 or similar baltic birch, but it would be nice if it were more open like a screen or perforated material for some modest air flow.

Ideally black, but I guess white would be ok as well. Not excited about gray colors.

In a perfect world, would rather just buy the material and cut to size vs having to do lots of drilling and finishing on it.

The 8020 slots are already pretty occupied, so it will be fastened to the exterior of the frame work.

Am even considering using heavy duty screening material but am unsure how to make the edges of that look nice and not be sharp.

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I am more of an electrical / mechanical person so really looking for creative / aesthetic inputs as well as the normal mechanical things that I would come up with.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Good idea. Or perhaps a 1x2 frame slotted picture frame to accommodate the panels, like a shaker door. I’m planing attaching the skin to my 80/20 frames with small angles to the perpendicular t-slot on the inside so that the 80/20 is hidden.
 
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Thanks to everyone for the ideas so far.

I am definitely thinking about them.

For this particular setup, there are some 1010 frame pieces at various heights and interior shelf boards that come right to the very outer edge of the 1010 framing (in some locations).

As a result, I can add some attachment points if needed, but the "skin" needs to be entirely on the outside of the frame work.

The frame is just normal 4 sided / slotted 1010, so I can add fasteners, and I have also can drill holes in it relatively easily for #10 screws / bolts at the center X points.

It is interesting what creative / aesthetic people are on these forums can come up with that I completely missed.
 

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I have used plastic tubing slit lengthwise as edge trim before. A dab of glue here and there to keep it in place if needed. Cheap and easily sourced but admittedly an aesthetic abomination.
 

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I have used plastic tubing slit lengthwise as edge trim before. A dab of glue here and there to keep it in place if needed. Cheap and easily sourced but admittedly an aesthetic abomination.
Probably no worse than some other things that I have done.

Between the cost of the 8020 and corner assembly pieces, plus the effort that went into buying / cutting / staining the baltic birch base, back and shelves, probably I should just stay on a track of trying to make it look as nice as possible. It is amazing how fast just the parts costs of this little cabinet add up.

It was a real effort to stain and finish the boards so that all 6 faces of each board look reasonably nice.

At the moment, I am leaning toward a first attempt by using black plastic peg board and an edging sort of like 83Grumman suggested, but who knows what the next rev will look like.

I am not really set up to cut sheet Al or steel decorative sheets very well, but maybe down the road or can find someone.

It will probably be more obvious what to change after the first round of skin is on.
 

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Probably no worse than some other things that I have done.

Between the cost of the 8020 and corner assembly pieces, plus the effort that went into buying / cutting / staining the baltic birch base, back and shelves, probably I should just stay on a track of trying to make it look as nice as possible. It is amazing how fast just the parts costs of this little cabinet add up.

It was a real effort to stain and finish the boards so that all 6 faces of each board look reasonably nice.

At the moment, I am leaning toward a first attempt by using black plastic peg board and an edging sort of like 83Grumman suggested, but who knows what the next rev will look like.

I am not really set up to cut sheet Al or steel decorative sheets very well, but maybe down the road or can find someone.

It will probably be more obvious what to change after the first round of skin is on.
Probably no worse than some other things that I have done.

Between the cost of the 8020 and corner assembly pieces, plus the effort that went into buying / cutting / staining the baltic birch base, back and shelves, probably I should just stay on a track of trying to make it look as nice as possible. It is amazing how fast just the parts costs of this little cabinet add up.

It was a real effort to stain and finish the boards so that all 6 faces of each board look reasonably nice.

At the moment, I am leaning toward a first attempt by using black plastic peg board and an edging sort of like 83Grumman suggested, but who knows what the next rev will look like.

I am not really set up to cut sheet Al or steel decorative sheets very well, but maybe down the road or can find someone.

It will probably be more obvious what to change after the first round of skin is on.
Hey Harry, maybe this company can supply something that works? They have vinyl as well as aluminium profiles:

 

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Hi, I have built a small cabinet frame from from 8020. ( technically the 1010 material, so 1 x 1 inch framing size)

It is roughly 20 x 30 x 40 inches.

I am looking for some ideas on materials to skin it with.

An example would be 1/4 or similar baltic birch, but it would be nice if it were more open like a screen or perforated material for some modest air flow.

Ideally black, but I guess white would be ok as well. Not excited about gray colors.

In a perfect world, would rather just buy the material and cut to size vs having to do lots of drilling and finishing on it.

The 8020 slots are already pretty occupied, so it will be fastened to the exterior of the frame work.

Am even considering using heavy duty screening material but am unsure how to make the edges of that look nice and not be sharp.

__

I am more of an electrical / mechanical person so really looking for creative / aesthetic inputs as well as the normal mechanical things that I would come up with.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Harry
You can go to Lowe's and they'll custom make any size window screen that you want out of aluminum frame and rubber or aluminum screen.
 

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maybe try perforated plastic panel and bolted on with the corrected t-nut for your 80/20 slot.
 

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maybe try perforated plastic panel and bolted on with the corrected t-nut for your 80/20 slot.
Almost as cheap as plywood.

Love US Plastics. Been to their outlet store along I-75 (Lima, Oh) many times.
 
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