The build out is proceeding now for a couple of reasons, one being contents. Here’s what I said 3 years ago this January:
—Squares (combo and protractor) don’t seem to work in many designs without being placed flat to an inside surface.
—Saws. Want to add two (rip, xcut) panel saws in the doors, also nothing catching my fancy there. And don’t get me started on clever ways to place a coping saw.
—Chisels I’m making most progress on, if you can call ‘thought’ actual progress. A big hurdle was determining which set to put in the cabinet vs. the bench vs. the chest. That’s decided now, though.
—Specialty planes. I’d like to place the #50 in there as well as the #113.
—Other planes. Not all bench planes are going in. Neither are very many block planes.
For SQUARES, the protractor is already inside. That’s a WIN! Are there others to include in this build-out? Well, the Starrett was the latest, but we’ll see.
SAWS is still a stumper. Backsaws have a place in the chest; I didn’t have that three years ago. That said, the Summerfield tablesaw MUST find a prominent place in this cabinet. Having that hanging in the window isn’t preferred over the long-term.
I have more than a couple sets of CHISELS now, as well as turnscrews, that righfully belong in this Not-Wall-Hung. Four Steelcraft socket chisels, room for some planned LN skew chisels, and a couple Isles mortising chisels are each looking for a home.
The whole PLANES thing is pretty much settled with the in-place shelves. The #50 is solidly ensconced in the toolchest now, but the #113 sits on a shelf, out in the open. There are plenty of block planes below the cabinet’s shelves; probably too many. Should those or others move into door storage? That’s TBD.
With that list addressed somewhat, time to re-visit BYo’s Manifesto (slightly edited for clarity):
Weight: The heaviest tools from a load bearing perspective should be closest to the wall or back of the cabinet, to decrease the moment arm acting on the wall anchor. This is less critical for a cabinet supported by a stand.
Ergonomics: The heaviest tools should reside approximately belly button height, with the lightest tools on the doors. These affect the moment arm the greatest. Think layout tools, chisels and such.
Volume: Optimizing storage volume. Directly proportional to weight and probably inversely proportional to accessibility.
Accessibility: Place frequently used tools at the ready, e.g. don’t bury your favorite square below flip out trays.
Composition: Patterns, rhythm, color and texture will have an emotional impact every time you open the doors.
Flexibility: Is there an ability to change things up as tools change?
What’s Been Addressed: I have the #8 on the lowest shelf. Lighter planes are higher, with a couple exceptions, but nothing in place is a gut-buster. Nothing I’ll add from this point comes close to being as heavy as even a jack plane, either, so I’m good with “ERGONOMICS.” The other two that I’ll check as ‘Complete” are WEIGHT and FLEXIBILITY; the former because this cabinet is not wall hung, and the latter in that the caddies are screwed to wood and thereby are moveable should I wish to do so in the future (enough flexiblility for me). That leaves VOLUME, COMPOSITION and ACCESSIBILITY to guide what’s to come.
The Canvas: I have six door sufaces to compose, with two of the six ‘in work.’ To keep things straight (yeah, right) there’s nomenclature required. For the three pairs, working out from the deepest recesses of the cabinet, I’ve come up with OAK INSIDE (L&R), OAK OUTSIDE (L&R) and CHERRY (L&R). There are other nooks and crannies that the most inspirational cabinets always make use of. I’ve noted a few of those areas already and may take advantage as the project moves further along.
Planning: Aside from a few tweeks the OAK INSIDES are good for now. I’ll be concentrating on building out the CHERRY doors first. The tools I want to put there include CHISELS and TURNSCREWS at a minimum, the TABLESAW, #66 Beading Plane and DRILLS (Gramps’ MF plus a BRACE) ideally. Of those, CHISELS and SAW are the most used, followed by the DRILLS, then the #66.
This installment is long enough at this point, so I’ll wrap up with a few layout concepts done years ago that would map to the OAK OUTSIDE surfaces. Until next time, thanks for looking!
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