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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #14: Milling Cherry for the Cabinet Face

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 666 days ago 3243 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Making Boards and Sourcing Inside Drawer Parts Part 14 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 15: Material Prep for Panel Doors - With #48 Video »

Pictures tonight, but precious little dialogue.

Lunchbox planer was out with a bad switch, but it came back this weekend. So the boards went through multiple passes then were each given the #4 smoother treatment.

I did move to the #4 1/2 after awhile, and the mass was very welcome.

I ripped a thicker board then did the re-saw of those boards on the old Craftsman bandsaw. When the night was over, the cabinet was covered with the fruits of the evening’s labor.

Let the joinery of the doors and facade begin! :-)

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



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 666 days ago

Very nice Smitty. I really respect how you re purpose wood and tools.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 666 days ago

It’s getting there. I’m anxious to get panel doors made and work on another ‘trick’ I have in mind for the jack plane till.

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

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Robsshop

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#3 posted 666 days ago

That is some BEAUTIFUL looking lumber there Smitty ! That will POP when You get to the finishing aspect of your “labor of love”, nice progress.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 666 days ago

Rob- thanks! Cherry is new to me but I’m figuring it out. Next with the #48 and #45 to do panels and such. Finishing should be a treat too. I’ll need suggestions there, as I’m decidedly a novice at creative finishes!

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

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#5 posted 666 days ago

I believe that some kind of natural oil finish for something like Your tool cabinet would be fitting,but having little experience with Cherry as well, I am just basing my opinion on some of the projects found here on L J’s . I have read that Cherry can be difficult to finish(blotching),but not exactly sure if that applies to all or some finishes or perhaps it’s staining Cherry that is the issue ? Any ways probably a good idea to consult some experts on the subject as I am positive that You will. Looking forward to Your progress,and keep up with the updates ! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 666 days ago

Good to see some progress. Cant be long now. Thanks for the update.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 665 days ago

Rob- I agree to all you said! Blotch on this thing would be sad indeed…

Thanks, Shane and Scott for the encouragement!

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

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#8 posted 665 days ago

i’ve don’t think I’ve ever stained cherry (maybe, its something my brain would filter anyhow), but I find finishing cherry kind of nice. Oil, poly or wax all works well on cherry. Take away the fact it burns just by staring at it, it pretty easy to work with.

I especially like how cherry ages. I actually don’t care for the light color when its first milled, but it darken very nice in a relatively short period of time. Also if you use oil, I like the way handling it ages it. So on a door piece it will pick up the oil from your hands where you open the door. That for me is a nice patina. For some its a reason to use poly and wipe it clean. Its all in your preference.

I made this for my wife out of cherry
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if i had it to do over again I would finish it with oil instead of poly. (Live and learn)

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#9 posted 665 days ago

No poly or stain, that’s for sure. Danish oil, you think?

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

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#10 posted 665 days ago

natural Danish, or something with color? Test it, but I think it should work well.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#11 posted 665 days ago

I’m thinking natural. 3+ coats is the key, I read.

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

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Don W

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#12 posted 665 days ago

I always do 3+ coats of any kind of finish on anything. Of course part of that may be because I suck at finishing so it takes 3 coats to be sure everything is covered once.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#13 posted 665 days ago

:-)

Sounds like me, too…

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

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#14 posted 665 days ago

Don, that is a nice finish on the Cherry Hoosier above. Wipe on poly is more of a mixture of oils that poly, I think, and I used it on my nightstand. A good there that does not have that plastic look.

As long as it doesn’t splotch, I’m good with it. Deeper the ‘luster,’ the better, too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Many steps to go before it gets mounted and filled with tools.

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

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#15 posted 665 days ago

Smitty, I’m getting excited about this project, and I rarely say that about anything! I’m curious to see how you tackle the finish…I’ve just been “commissioned” by my wife to build a cradle type thing, and I think I want to use cherry. I’m fairly new to all this woodworking stuff, so I’ve never used cherry before, but it seems like its pretty nice to work with…is that true?

Great blog series by the way, thanks for taking us along for the ride!

-- Jason K

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