Hand tool cabinet #2: Sprucing up a little

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 05-07-2010 06:08 AM 1578 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started a hand tool cabinet a couple of weeks ago and due to other obligations and work I haven’t had much time to devote to it. I did get the main cabinet together and hung on the wall in its final resting place. It looks a lot bigger hung than it did on the bench. After looking at it for a few days I wasn’t happy with the doors. The doors were cut from the box on the table saw and attached with full length piano hinges. The doors looked like a big, flat, ugly surface that was missing something. A few months ago I was lucky and picked up some really nice, wide mahogany veneer off of craigslist for $50. There is approx. 500 sq ft and most of it is 16” wide. I decided to veneer the outer surface with the mahogany and framed it with a simple walnut frame. It gives the illusion of a recessed panel. I think it turned out pretty well.

This is with the first of what will probably be many coats of tung oil.

The main cabinet, hung with walnut faced drawers and simple maple pulls

My high tech veneer press!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#1 posted 05-07-2010 06:21 AM

Thanks Pat…..I’m glad I decided to do it. The doors without the veneer looked awful. I didn’t want that hanging in the shop knowing I could have done better

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#2 posted 05-07-2010 09:51 PM

Very nice. I am a fan of the contrasting woods. I think maple and walnut look great together. Looking forward to your further progress. Good luck.

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#3 posted 05-07-2010 11:53 PM

Very nice. Keep up the good work and posting. Can’t wait to see the finale.


-- Jim

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 12:12 AM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 01:19 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. My only concern with all of this will be having the doors possibly warp due to not having veneer on both sides. in order to balance the ply both sides should be veneered to limit movement. I am hoping that in my dry climate it will not be an issue

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#6 posted 09-11-2010 04:55 PM

That hand tool cabinet looks good!

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