A lockable metal cabinet is great for storing hazardous chemicals or keeping eyes off your valuable tools. These flat pack cabinets are easy to assemble - here’s a simple guide.
Step 1 - Clear a Workspace
This SCA Metal Tall Cabinet stands just under 1.7 metres high when assembled. Upon unpacking the cabinet, grab the instructions and check that all of the listed parts are present. You will also need a 3/8" socket or spanner and a small flat head screwdriver for the job.
Clear a large work space on a flat surface, preferably raised if possible – and lay down some cardboard or paper to protect your cabinet from scratches during assembly. You will begin the cabinet from the back panel, so lay parts A and B - the left and right hand back panels - side by side on your assembly area. If there are any bent corners due to shipping and handling, straighten these with your hand or a pair of pliers. Also check the tabs on the panel which may be flattened during transit. These can be pried open with the flat head screwdriver.
Step 2 - Attach the Sides
Pull the right hand piece over the left hand piece and slot the tabs into the square holes. Next, it’s time for the side panels. To determine left from right, place the panel with the tabs against the back of the cabinet – with the tabs pointing down. The end with the two round holes is the bottom, and the end with one round and one square hole is the top. If this is not the case, switch them around.
To attach the sides, slightly lift the back and slip the side underneath. Line up and lock the tabs into the square holes just as in the previous step. Use a screw and nut at the bottom of these panels to fasten them in place. The top piece of your cabinet is identified by two tabs, where the bottom has only screw holes. Slip the top into place aligning the tabs with the square holes in the side panels -and then use five screws and nuts to finalize the attachment of the top and back panels.
Step 3 - Fitting the Doors
The bottom panel is installed with the large formed side facing downwards – and the rear of this will slip into the locking tabs situated at the back of the cabinet. Five screws and nuts slip through the single hole at the back and two holes on either side of the front to hold the base section in place.
Before fitting the doors, the unit must be squared. Stand it upright on a level floor, then loosen and tighten the screws as necessary to square the cabinet up. Now grab the door which has the handle cut out and carefully align the hinge pins with the companion hinge on the right hand side of the cabinet. Once the right hand door is hanging, the same can be done for the left. The handle simply presses into the cutout, but do ensure that it is inserted with the lock facing downwards and the cam towards the door opening.
Step 4 - Tighten & Secure
To install the door rods, first remove the retainer and place a spacer on each of the pins. Take one of the door rods and locate the end without the hole in the bottom of the door. Do the same for the top rod and make sure that the offset bend faces the door on both. Replace the retainer, tighten the screw and the doors should now lock securely.
The final step to completing your cabinet is to install the shelves. These can be set at any height you wish, by choosing a level for each shelf from the square notches in the back of the cabinet, and installing the shelf clips at the same level using the holes in the front of the side panels. Simply position the shelf into the square notches first and place the front of the shelf onto the clips.
With your new metal cabinet installed and equipment safely stored inside, you’re one step closer to a totally organised workspace.
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