Tool Cabinet Build #3: Makin' Sawdust Finally...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-16-2013 04:22 AM 1124 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the weekend cleaning up the mess left from my workbench build and this evening I got started on the actual building of the cabinet :D

I have only managed one panel but really only spent an hour or so working on it.

First thing to do was to find just the “right” pieces for the sides. I have become quite smitten with the baby poop green grain patterns in this poplar and decided to showcase this instead of trying to hide it.

I grabbed a random assortment from the pile and started matching..

Then measured them out and gave my new D8 a test run… I think I can officially say goodbye to my Stanley sharpwhatevertooth saw now :D

Then clamped them up and got to the business of making small boards into big boards.. so much easier with this bench than a pair of saw horses lol..

Got the horses back out and glued them up…

Now to repeat that 3 more times for the main case.

Stay tuned and thanks for following along!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 04:48 AM

Nothing like a good bench. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 11:47 AM

Yep, what Wayne said. Even the simplest of operations are fun (like jointing the edges of boards) when the work is held like it should be. Enjoy the BPG of your poplar :-) and we’ll follow along! Good pics, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 12:38 PM

Isn’t that poplar fun to plane?

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 02:52 PM

Looks good so far, Eric. Your tool box is at least 3 steps ahead of mine! :)

Cannot wait for more…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 09:29 PM

Nice work on the tool cabinet build. I’m going to make one myself soon, as the ol’ hand tool collection keeps growing.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 11:25 PM

Thanks guys!

Yep, nothing like a good bench.. even if it is a useless one like a Roubo.. oops, I stepped in it anyway.. moving on lol..

You are right Red.. this stuff is a lot more fun then the Oak I have been working with that is for sure.. but not as much fun as the cedar :D

As far as progress goes.. I got this panel cleaned up and number 2 in the clamps now with 3 ready for glueup. Should start looking like a case somtime this weekend I hope.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 03:48 PM

I love to see your work. Your speed and quality of craftsmanship is quite remarkable.

Thank you for taking the time to share Eric.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 03:59 PM

Eric, your just too damn productive. Maybe I just think about things too long! Looking forward to the rest of the build.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 02:50 PM

Nice progress man, I love the poplar!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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