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Roubo Cabinet #17: Finish Applied, Final Entry

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-26-2011 04:24 PM 1445 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two snapshots is all there is for this entry. Pulled the cabinet out of its cubby below the workbench and set it on top for an applied finish.

I’ve thought for awhile there were some proud dovetail joints needing some final attention, but decided all was good. Finish consisted of a single coat of boiled linseed oil, which I will reapply this fall when my entire bench is due for a refresher coat of Watco’s. Started wiping the first drawer, big smile on my face. I was amazed / truly didn’t realize the impact it would have on the now-very-familiar look of this old walnut…

Is it too good for shop furniture? Nah!! Under the bench it goes!

Regarding this blog series, which officially ends today, here’s a recap: 344 pictures and the document containing all the blog entries is over 5,800 words. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been fun. Thanks very, very much to everyone who took the time to comment, because your input / observations are appreciated. Feedback is what makes LJs a real community. See ya later!

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



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tsangell

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks so much for blogging this! I have enjoyed the series.

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 05:11 PM

Now that’s a storage unit Smitty one to be proud of for sure! Also a great home to preserve the fine collection of hand tool you’ve collected over the years. Thanks for taking the time and letting us enjoy our commend interest, that’s working the wood…Wilson

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kenn

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 01:52 AM

Nice blog, even better cabinet. Too good for the shop? No way, the shop deserves the best!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Dave

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 04:01 AM

Smitty sorry I haven’t been around for the finish of this fine piece of shop furniture. Your grandchildren will enjoy storing tools in it. And they will have the blog to reflect upon to remember the care you placed in building it.
The walnut pops with the oil on it. Great job. And well done!
Whats next?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 04:18 AM

that is a beauty!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 04:41 PM

@Super- Welcome back, my friend! I saw you re-appear yesterday and was sure glad to see it. Try not to stay away so long next time, okay?

Thanks for checking in, those are some nice words on the cabinet. It’s been stocked with measuring tools in the top right drawer (stick rules, four-fold rules, tape measure and marking gauges), striking/cutting tools in the top left (three hammers of different sizes, nail sets and utility knives), chisels and rasps in the middle drawer (everlastings, mutt and jeff pieces, saw files and set, etc) and egg beaters, panel gauge, bits and assorted drivers in the bottom drawer. The Big Drawer has the #45 (with iron sets), the SW chisel roll and a sliding tray that carries my exactos, marking knife and wax for the planes. It works great!

Next? I’ve completed the build of a partition wall that creates a very specific woodworking area in my shop building. Needed a smaller footprint I could heat and (possibly) cool. The overall building is 44’ wide by 30’ deep; the woodshop is now a third of that. Along the new wall I’ll build a long station for my RAS, with lumber rack overhead and cubbies everywhere for everthing else. Bought a stash of cherry, walnut, hickory and some oak in the spring, just now am getting it off the floor into another lumber rack that was full of dimension stock. SO, in a couple words, busy work.

Helping #1 son with a HS woodshop project, and that’s been fun. Of course, his instructor is suprised that the work is coming into school hand-planed. :-) I’ve offered to recondition / tune / fettle the three planes the school has, so I ‘spect those will come home this week for me to work on. All good stuff!

Again, welcome back!

And PurpLev, thanks! You do great work, btw! :-)

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

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Dave

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 08:02 PM

All good news Smitty. There are still planes in school. Dennis says his child, Silke is studying Sloyd.
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Your shop is huge. Mine is 192 sq feet .With some loft space. But it is mine. It works out fine for a bench and a bunch of hand tools.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 12:07 AM

You know, guys (like you) who put out fine work in such small shops put alot of pressure on guys like me. It raises the bar to use every square foot. It’s also one of the things I looked at before deciding I could do with a woodshop the size I’ve defined now. Just have to make it more efficient than it is, and that’s the tough part!

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

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Cantputjamontoast

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 05:55 PM

The only thing I can say is WOW.

And thank you I very much, enjoyed that whole series.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 06:09 PM

Thanks, Jam – You actually read the whole series? I’m impressed as well. :-) It was fun, glad it’s still relevant, as things get buried pretty quickly here on LJs.

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

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