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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #19: Getting the Face on the Base

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-14-2013 01:23 AM 1692 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: This Installment is Not About the Tambour... Part 19 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 20: M&T Work on Panel Doors, with Video »

There’s been more progress in the last several days than in the several months previous, so here goes another installment…

When we spoke last, the Venerable Wall Hung Hung Tool Cabinet was where it has been for nearly ten months: on it’s back, on top of my assembly bench. The tambour has been fitted, and the sliding plane till door is in working order, albeit bounded by f-clamps and a certain, left-most stile.

Oh, the stile. Here it is, and without any detail (sorry), this is the piece that was M&T’d into the H1 and H2 rails earlier today AND glued into place between said rails.

Before the base could get a face, though, a few things had to be addressed. First, the tambour base, or doubler, that was so lovingly added within Episode #11 now is a challenge to be dealt with. On the door side, without you knowing it, I cut a vertical rebate to the backside of the left side of the sliding door to allow the tambour base to move up and down without issue. There’s also a rebate across the base of said sliding door, on the inside, to allow the door to slide in front of the tambour base. Whew… It’s not pretty, let me tell you. Someday I’ll take a picture, perhaps, but I haven’t yet. Anyway…

Said tambour base needs an adjustment now for the left stile to placed in a permanent fasion. Rather than rabbet the stile on it’s backside (which hurts, truth be told), I opted to flatten the face of the tambour base. A gents dovetail saw (older Disston, flea market find) made a series of cuts, with a chisel follow-up to get ‘er done.

With that addressed, it was time to set on the path of affixing the base face to the carcase. The Inspiration Piece (you do remember the Inspiration Piece, don’t you??) features an upper and lower set of rails that are face-mounted somehow. I say that because there’s end grain on either side of the cabinet for each, and because the cabinet is painted I’m guessing it’s nailed. Heck, it has to be; there’s nothing else that could be keeping said rails in place. Well, I’m not painting the cherry face on this cabinet, but still have to keep the rails in place. The top rail of the entire carcase was nailed with vintage cut nails months ago, and those nails will be covered with a piece of moulding. The bottom rails don’t need nail heads or putty filler, though. So I’ve opted to drill and use cut plugs. Wow. Long paragraph. How about pics?

Marked the locations of four screws, one on each corner of the base face (it’s a fun rhyme, okay?). Drilled for 1 1/2” stainless steel screws, and the plugs were cut from a misc. cherry cut-off with similar grain and color. Glue squeeze out visible in the second pic, BTW…

With the glue and screw set, a few hours later, I could stand the cabinet up for the first time in a long time. The four holes are visible; I won’t plug those until I take the face off one more time for smoothing and final fitting with a low angle plane of one kind or another…

Not bad!

The workbench, on the other hand, was a mess.

Most of these tools weren’t needed to complete the one additional task on tap for today, so I played ‘put away’ for the next few minutes before moving (finally!) to the upper doors. A couple of details are needed where the doors come together in the center of the cabinet opening, and for those specifics we have to go back to the Inspiration Piece (you do remember it NOW, right??). Here’s the center stile from the right-side door of the Wall Hung, in front of the same piece on the vintage cubby cabinet. See what I need?

Yep, a bead. I have a beading iron on the #45, but the track it leaves is too wide vs. what’s on the Inspiration Piece. Ditto the irons with my #50. What then? Well, I’ve been wanting to use a certain moulding plane, so after a bit of honing and a practice run on cherry scrap, here we go…

A few more swipes, and that was that!

“That’ll do, Donkey. That’ll do…”

Making the rabbet needed on the other door was ‘no big whoop,’ as we used to say. I used the #50 on the left and right ‘center stiles,’ did a little clean-up with the #79, and the overlap feature was complete.

Time for haunched M&T work on these door pieces! After some final measuring, this is where I left things for the night. Until next time, thanks for looking!

-- 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 01-14-2013 01:38 AM

Nice Smitty.

The bead and the rabbet are for doors for the upper compartment?

Are you planning some crown molding like the inspiration piece? If so, that will be a great exercise in planing.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-14-2013 01:42 AM

Nice. You got a space for this beast picked out yet? Looks like it will be heavy. Hopefully you will hit a few studs. Any thought for a base, maybe like a set of drawers, lowboy style?

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 01:48 AM

Yes, I should have made that clear I suppose. The rabbet is the start of the upper doors. And I will have a simple piece of (stepped?) cove moulding up top, like said piece does.

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

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 01:56 AM

“Any thought for a base..”

Boy, that’s a Shane push like I’ve never seen.

(Actually, it’s built with one of those in mind. But it’s a someday. Big time someday. But I like the way you think!)

I needs to be next to the bench, and to the right is the door. So the left side is where I currently have my open plane ‘till’, then, that will have to go. It’ll also force the drill press and mortiser out of place. Mounting won’t be a concern; I know how to do that and ensure plenty of support. And once it’s full, oh yeah, it’ll be a beast.

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

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 02:11 AM

Smitty I like to see those molding planes singing.
I would slap some substantial legs on it so you can clean under it.
It is looking like new antiques in the makings to me.
Returning to ironmongering.
TatA

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

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 02:20 AM

I knew I could find that #62 – messy workbench, far end. Don’t tell me that you did know.

Do you have ideas as to the layout and contents of said tool cabinet?

-- 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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#7 posted 01-14-2013 02:28 AM

? Where’s the #62 in those pics ?

Ah, under the forstner bit set! I really didn’t know it was there, Yo!

I really have no idea where things are going when the time comes. I spend some time making a list of things I’d like to have go inside, but it’s been awhile. I know the kind of tool arrangements I prefer: tight, and nested, and hinged. So when the build is done, I’ll do some layout and proceed. Up to this point it’s been all about getting rid of the old hoosier top while making something useful. The design and build so far has been alot of fun. Layout is intimidating, but when that time comes I’ll have fun with it, too.

Got suggestions? Any one piece you’ve run across really ring your bell?

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 02:47 AM

The picture of it standing up looks awesome already. Nice work.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 03:56 AM

It is really coming together beautifully Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 04:17 AM

Top door M&T joints next, as the overlapping rabbets of the upper doors is done.

Tenons to extend into the stiles about 2/3rds the width of said stiles, because I can’t trust myself to do quality through mortices. Just need them to be a firm fit, and we’re good. Tested the fit of my larger jointer planes; the #8 has a home, but the #7 not so much. That’s okay, though. The tool chest will get the #7 in that case.

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

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#11 posted 01-14-2013 04:30 AM

Suggestions? No. But in the realm of shop fixtures, a tool cabinet is my next big challenge.

-- 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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#12 posted 01-14-2013 04:38 AM

I still value the cabinet under the bench more highly than anything at this point for everything other than hand planes. Just sayin.

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

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#13 posted 01-14-2013 01:50 PM

very nice work, Smitty! That cabinet now looks huge!

I can’t wait to see all the dovetailed drawers and indivdual compartments for your vintage tools…

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

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#14 posted 01-14-2013 05:49 PM

Thanks, Terry! All the talk of tool layout has my head spinning. I may have created a planning and layout monster, the likes of which I have never seen before… lol

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

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#15 posted 01-15-2013 01:22 AM

Nice project. I have seen it personaly

-- Stay cool.

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