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Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #22: Fill it up?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-15-2016 04:56 AM 1632 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: Hinges and Hardware - Cabinet Complete Part 22 of Wall Hung Tool Cabinet series Part 23: What was it this Not Wall Hung was supposed to be, again? »

It seems that every January brings with it the need to work on an older, uncompleted project. Last year it was the tool chest, before that the tool chest (yes, it took that long!), and before that was the partition wall in my shop space. This time around, the Not-Wall-Hung is getting a third look. There have been tools inside the thing, obviously, but it’s not anywhere near the state I envisioned it to be when it was declared ‘essentially complete’ in 2013. Here’s what it looked like then:

And this is as far as build-out has gotten through Christmas of 2015:

So, why the push to get this cabinet to the next level now? I guess because I added a Starrett depth gauge / protractor thingy (No. 236) to the inside of an inner door; from that point, the wheels started turning towards “next steps”. I’ve had a kinda-sorta idea on what to do with doors, nothing more.

So to move forward, let’s start by moving backwards; back to the plane shelving, through the door mounts, and wrapping up to where I am now. The shelves were always intended. What I used was some salvage walnut, one screw anchoring the middle of each from the backside of the cabinet wall. With the plan set to keep center sag at bay, a solution was needed at the ends. What I came up with was big on strength while maximizing usuable shelf space:

Doesn’t seem like much, but keeping available a full inch of space on each shelf was a very good thing.

The inside cabinet has a doorframe that was lapped for strength:

That in turn served to frame the new shelves. And I wanted doors inside that frame. Here’s the final look, featuring finials made by slicing a walnut table leg in half… Yeah, that’s the extent of the fancy aesthetic, but I like it.

The frame is put together to stay, and the doors are oak, from the Hoosier cabinet donor that started this whole Not Wall Hung project years ago.

And that brings me to the first things to appear on the new oak doors: a combination square, stair saw and monster divider. Without getting too deep into the ‘why’ for those things, I’ll just say there was no other place to put those tools that made sense. That and I wanted to try my hand at building what Tony has now called ‘tool caddies.’ When did he say that? When I added the most recent tool to the right side door: a No. 236 Starrett gauge:

That gets us up to Time Now… Next time we move onto new build outs. So until then: Thanks for Looking!

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



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Pat3

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 05:21 AM

Love…Your…Work, as always.

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#2 posted 01-15-2016 05:39 AM

It looks great smitty. The finials are an awesome touch.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 05:59 AM

Righteous. Cool addition.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 01-15-2016 02:01 PM

Great stuff for my morning coffee. An amazing transformation, thank you Smitty!

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 01-15-2016 03:31 PM

Wow, she’s coming on a treat. Love it.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 01-15-2016 04:18 PM

Looking super sexy smitty! The walnut “columns” ad a really nice touch.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 01-15-2016 04:37 PM

Awesome work smitty!!!

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htl

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#8 posted 01-15-2016 06:04 PM

Really nice save on the cabinet.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#9 posted 01-15-2016 07:11 PM

Smitty, another great project. Bravo.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#10 posted 01-15-2016 07:16 PM

Thanks for the comments!~

Several more installments planned over the next several weeks, just need to match pics with the narrative. Fitting tools takes a ton of time, and I haven’t even gotten that far yet!

Anyone think strongly that some kind of finish should be applied to tool caddys? Cabinet interiors in general? I’ve kept it unfinished on purpose so far.

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

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#11 posted 01-15-2016 08:57 PM

I personally am not a fan of unfinished oak. I like the look of oak with some dark or black walnut danish oil. But that is all for looks. No need for finish for function.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#12 posted 01-15-2016 09:15 PM

Putting danish oil on the oak doors sounds like a fine idea, Todd.

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

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#13 posted 01-15-2016 09:38 PM

I would just seal it with some thin coats of shellac. Fast and easy

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 01-15-2016 10:02 PM

Sure, taunt me for being a shellac noob…

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

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#15 posted 01-15-2016 10:05 PM

Steph and BHog have a process that they swear by but I haven’t tried it yet. I use a $3 hake brush from the art store and just thin it out a lot, that’s what Paul sellers recommends and it works pretty well. Very easy.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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