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Misc. Shop Stuff #56: Nail (Screw) Cabinet - Forward Progress

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 11-15-2016 01:18 PM 1508 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This cabinet is essentially a crate with wood-frame exoskeleton and hinged door. Dimensions were set because the crate is what it is… The depth of the cabinet was somewhat variable. My version sets the framing forward of the crate walls to define the opening depth for the door to be added, and also allows the cabinet to be mounted flush to the wall via ‘hidden’ French Cleat. A major component of the build was creating the wood frames for the top, bottom and sides. After ripping the 1x stock to suitable (and equal) width, it was planed a bit thinner for aesthetic reasons; 3/4” frames stood out too much from the crate, and looked out of proportion. That done, I decided on dowelled butt joints to hold the frames together at the corners, a first for me. Especially the way I chose to cut the dowel holes: via a Stanley #59 dowelling jig, brace, and bit.

My Stanley #59 came in a box of ‘what not’ junk a long enough time ago that I don’t remember getting it. The jig has only one of the seven (or so) tube sizes that shipped with it originally, so that’s what I used (3/8”) for the dowels. I drilled the holes via brace and No. 6 bit, and added a Stanley #49 depth stop gauge to the bit for consistency. Dowels were cut on the Stanley No. 150.

So, for those of you who are counters, to place pairs of dowels in the frames required a total of 32 holes. Needless to say I’m pretty comfortable using the #59 / 6 / #49 combo of tools at this stage.

Two pairs of frames completed, it was time to explore ways the dividers would be incorporated. I decided at that point better access to the crate’s interior sides would come by removing the bottom of the crate. That was done with a 5-in-1 painter’s took and the nails saved for later re-install.

Then, without too much difficulty, I stepped off equal interior height and width segments via dividers; this resulted in two columns of four drawers each. That’d be fine. Next, the partition material was located. This ended up being three pieces of poplar drawer side material from a busted up carcase of one kind or another that I keep on hand for situations just like this one. I didn’t like the thickness of the stock, so the alien head planer was pulled into quick action. Some smoothing with the T13 #4 and everything was looking good. A few pencil marks approximately centered the three horizontal dividers to the marks made earlier, and from there I used several scores of the marking knife to create clean sides for the six dados to be completed. I finished them to depth via Stanley #271 router. Horizontal partitions were then cut the length. Here’s an in-process picture.

It was time to order the bin pulls at this point, as having those in-hand allows me to establish the set-back required to completely close the cabinet door when all is said and done. I ordered them on a Monday afternoon and continued with the vertical partition. And here again there was a decision to be made: do I match the vertical and horizontal pieces via ‘egg crate divider,’ or half-lap joints, or cut the vertical into pieces that in turn ride in dados of their own? I made six dados in pine; this would be eight more in poplar. It’s either that, or 12 perfect cuts with a handsaw. While we ponder this choice, how about a diversion to my shop’s Inspiration Piece for so many things: the Vintage Wall Cabinet (http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/23904) that’s been in my shop for five+ years now.

The cabinet is completely hand made, and one of the build details that catches my eye is the dado work of the cubbies. About a third of the interior space is divided into pigeon / cubby holes that I’ve since filled w/ various tools. Each dado has very crisp / clean side walls, and many times the amount of material remaining between opposing dado cuts is incredibly small.

So maybe the right choice for my tool cabinet is to replicate what the Inspiration Piece has, and that’s a solid vertical and side dados. But then the article says to use the egg-crate divider method. Analysis paralysis set in, as the prevailing winds move to and fro between the alternatives. While I waited a week for the pulls and screws to arrive (I ain’t paying for expedited shipping!), I even did a test cut of the egg-crate variety. Alrighty then, that’s what I’ll do! Top and bottom dados were cut using the same process as the sides were created.

And with those cuts made, a more complete preview of the finished cabinet comes together. Here’s the horizontal partitions…

And the vertical. Note this one has 1/4”overhang of divider, past the stopped dado. That’s a detail I really like from Roy’s original.

Oh, and just for grins, the front edge of that vertical divider got a bit of roundover using the #45 and No. 12R.

I’ll talk about setting that reference point for stopped dados in the next installment…

So a number of things move the forefront, re: build activities: Matching up the interior partitions for final placement, working the panel door; choosing stock for and building eight (8) drawers; and final carcase assembly. More to come, and thanks for looking!

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



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 01:37 PM

Looks very good Smitty. Nice to see someone else using the 59, it is a handy lil’ gadget!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 02:30 PM

Will the box’s log/painting be able to be seen in it’s final resting place? Based on the pictures, that looks to be the top and bottom of the case? I kind of like that part of it…

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 02:36 PM

Awesome photos of beautiful vintage tools being used with skill and joy.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 11-15-2016 04:19 PM

I totally agree with keeping as much of the crate lettering visible as possible, Shane. Some of it will be obscured by the (necessary) framing, but it’ll still be apparent the cabinet is made from an actual fruit crate.

Thanks, Kevin and Terry. The #59 was a bunch of fun, as was the #49 depth gauge to tell the truth. When it clicked down on the dowel gauge, the hole was complete. Pretty cool to see these tools working together again, the way they were made to be used.

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 05:00 PM

Wonderful write up to accompany the wonderful craftsmanship on display.

Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 01:01 AM

You are enjoying yourself. So cool

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 11-16-2016 01:05 AM

Great work in an old style.

-- Enjoying life and making a difference.

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#8 posted 11-16-2016 05:07 PM

Excellent way to give new life to an old crate Smitty.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 11-24-2016 06:47 PM

Ohhh I love to see you working.
To look at the tools, the rythm, the wood, yes it makes me happy.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 11-25-2016 02:10 PM

The Holiday (and other distractions) has delayed work on the cabinet, but it’s still at the front of the task list! Hopefully I’ll have some progress to report soon. Thanks, everyone.

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

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#11 posted 12-01-2016 04:46 AM

Lookin forward to the progress, i don’t have a vintage crate to rehab, but been planning on making my own beraion of underhills nail cabinet.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 05:17 AM

Sorry Justin, it’s been neglected for several weeks now. Driving me somewhat crazy, too. But I’ll get there. Hardware has arrived, and I think the material for the drawer fronts is in hand. Hopefully before Christmas.

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

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 06:24 PM

I know, promises, promises!

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

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#14 posted 12-06-2016 03:59 PM

I just hope I live long enough for my bench to gain that level of patina!

carry on,

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 12-07-2016 02:37 AM

Thx Terry, I definitely appreciate what I have, and love coming to the shop. Especially now that the heater is up and running!

That beauty lets me make progress.

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

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