Wall Hung Tool Cabinet #23: What was it this Not Wall Hung was supposed to be, again?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-20-2016 03:38 AM 1188 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

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

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 03:53 AM

What a tremendous amount of thought. Do you always design like that? It’s admiral. My tool strorage gets a rough sketch and then I build on the fly.

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

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 04:29 AM

Shaping up very nicely.

Smitty, this would have made a great main project build in a deltagram, from back in the day.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 01:31 PM

Nice Smitty, I particularly like the chisel rack. Could you cut a slot in the front cover of it so you can see what size chisels are in it?

-- Putty

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 03:57 PM

I like that chisel rack layout too, but I’m not sure I could actually build it. Sizes are intuitive after awhile; the SWs i have are in a roll, and I know what they are from left to right. These Everlastings are the same sizes.

No, I don’t design like this pretty much ever, Todd. Maybe that’s why the cabinet has been three years in the making? That’s one mark in favor of tool chests: Open Storage is fall-off-the-truck easy compared to fitting tools in holders in a cabinet.

Len, we’ll see if I can stick with it this time around. It’s time, doncha think? :-)

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

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 04:00 PM

Quite the treatise. I reckon you do honor to BYo’s machination. Fantastic and thought provoking read Smitty, thank you.

Moment arm even….

I venture to guess that a game of chess with you would be maddening.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 04:08 PM

Wow, Smitty, you’re bordering on art with the 444 and chisel layout! The symmetry is quite pleasing, and I must remember the effect.

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

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#7 posted 01-20-2016 04:25 PM

The chisel house was a nod to Studley’s incredible work with his handled tools, but I’m not a piano maker. That layout was the biggest stretch re: capability that I could come up with. And you’ll notice several tools in those pics already found homes, like the protractor head. And the #444 now has an original box to live in.

I’m a crappy chess player, Tony. Games I tend to enjoy most are ones that are self-directed, such as golf. Wherever I hit the ball, it’s my own fault. Unlike tennis, for example, where the other guy is putting the ball in play where I can’t get to it.

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

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#8 posted 01-20-2016 04:49 PM

I’ll suggest the crappy estimation is only result from lack of interest.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 02:54 AM

Well done Smitty. I love your not-wall-hung cabinet.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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