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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 02-16-2018 02:32 PM 943 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Considerations and Design –
 
I want this cabinet to house my molding planes, jack plane, and various pieces of hardware. Currently, I have cans of stain and assorted chemicals all over the shop. I thought this cabinet might be a good way to corral all of these cans onto its top.
 
But first I need to think about some dimensions. I have 22-1/2” between rafters …
 

 
… and 36” from the top of my sharpening station to the wall plate. So my cabinet will have to fit within those dimensions.
 

 
I want my molding planes at the top of the cabinet, so the depth needs to be at least 10”.
 

 
The current nail bin projects over the sharpening station by 4”. I think I can get by increasing this by 2-1/2” … especially if the overall height of the cabinet does not exceed 30”.
 

 
As to the inside width … I need at least 17-1/2”.
 

 
So … after a bit of drafting … This is what I have so far!
 

 
The cabinet will project 11-3/16” at the top and 6-1/2” at the bottom. It will be 22-1/2” wide and 30” high. The top cubby is 8” high. The second cubby is but 4” high, allowing the jack plane to lay on its side. The remainder of the height will be divided into drawers as shown.
 
Given that I’m going to paint this cabinet … I’m off to Lowe’s to buy a couple of 1×12s. I’m thinking the drawer fronts will be Ambrosia maple with turned walnut knobs … we’ll see.
 
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
Mystery Cabinet #1 - The Problem
Mystery Cabinet #2 - Considerations and Design
Mystery Cabinet #3 – And So It Begins
Mystery Cabinet #4 - I Love Dovetails
Mystery Cabinet #5 - Filling In the Shell
Mystery Cabinet #6 – Dividers
Mystery Cabinet #7 – Mystery Solved



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handsawgeek

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 05:47 PM

That’s gonna’ look pretty sharp. I will follow this series with great interest.

-- Ed

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 05:49 PM



That s gonna look pretty sharp. I will follow this series with great interest.

- handsawgeek

Thanks, ed. It might take me a few weeks to pull it off.

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 07:30 PM

Looks like a winner. Maybe you can put hooks on the outside of the sides, hang yard sticks, winding sticks, etc.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 07:54 PM



Looks like a winner. Maybe you can put hooks on the outside of the sides, hang yard sticks, winding sticks, etc.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom. Actually, I’ve got the left side ear marked for wooden screw clamps and drill bits, and the right side ear marked for tape and spring pole lathe goodies … calipers, center finder, etc!

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 09:49 PM

It’s like a real plan already! I’m a little jealous of the time you have and the progress you’re making. I managed to cut slots in the poplar uprights for my rasp & file till this morning before work, but I still need to figure out how to hold the teeny-tiny files yet. Maybe a small drawer is the answer.

But that’s for tomorrow. Got to fix and eat dinner with my sweetie now, then catch up on housework so I can hit the shop tomorrow.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 12:54 AM

That’s a first class cabinet…......You are an expert with Ticonderoga designing tools!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 02-17-2018 02:49 AM

Looks good. Hope your measuring is better than mine. I made certain things to fit like a glove and when finished, found out my outside measurements were my needed inside measurements. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 02-17-2018 03:14 AM

I don’t know, Ron. Having the jack on it’s side and the molding planes standing up would make me nuts. I’d have to find a way to make them all stand.

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 02:27 PM

Sketch looks great’

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

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 02:48 PM


It’s like a real plan already! I’m a little jealous of the time you have and the progress you’re making. I managed to cut slots in the poplar uprights for my rasp & file till this morning before work, but I still need to figure out how to hold the teeny-tiny files yet. Maybe a small drawer is the answer.

But that’s for tomorrow. Got to fix and eat dinner with my sweetie now, then catch up on housework so I can hit the shop tomorrow.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Perhaps you could incorporate a small rack to hang your teeny-tiny files  …
 


That’s a first class cabinet…......You are an expert with Ticonderoga designing tools!

- Kelster58

Thanks, Kelly!


Looks good. Hope your measuring is better than mine. I made certain things to fit like a glove and when finished, found out my outside measurements were my needed inside measurements. LOL.

- doubleDD

Thanks, Dave. Yeah, that makes for a bad day!


I don t know, Ron. Having the jack on it s side and the molding planes standing up would make me nuts. I d have to find a way to make them all stand.

- Dan Wolfgang

Dan, I have my jointer on its side. I think it keeps the iron safe …
 

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 02-18-2018 01:05 AM

Thanks, Dave. Perhaps you could incorporate a small rack to hang your teeny-tiny files …

Well, I realized this morning that I’d forgotten two of my Japanese carving rasps when I laid things out, so now that I’ve sawed slots for them, my teeny-tiny files (all 5.5” long and shorter) may just have to stay in their little leather pouch a while longer. But I can hang it on one of the sides and hang the microplane rasps on the other side.

I’ll build the door tomorrow and put it on, and call this project complete-ish. It’ll just need some planing and sanding on the outside and a few coats of shellac, and then the files can move in to their new home, while I figure out where to put it.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 02-19-2018 05:51 PM



Sketch looks great

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thanks, Smitty!

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