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Hand tool cabinet #2: Rough stock to cabinet glue up

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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 906 days ago 1968 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design... yeah right. Part 2 of Hand tool cabinet series Part 3: Bit of a setback when installing the door hinges »

I have some twisted, cupped, bowed, full of knots, worm holes and and even some of the pith for good measure. I’m not sure if it is red or white oak, Its not good enough for furniture but will do nicely for the shop.

Yesterday after much planing, cutting and gluing, I was able to get the cabinet carcass built.

Because I used a simple rabbet joint on this cabinet I made some walnut dowels to help lock the corners.

It was a productive weekend and I was able to get the doors frames glued up too.

I had some re-claimed wormy chestnut stashed away and re-sawed some to make book matched panels for the doors. I think the chestnut matches up well with the oak.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.



13 comments so far

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Martyroc

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#1 posted 906 days ago

I like it, looks rustic, what a woodshop should look like.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 906 days ago

Looks great, what is that flush trim saw you are using?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 906 days ago

Wow, very nice build so far. The choices for materials I like in particular. Very frugal, with excellent reults. Looking forward to seeing more!

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

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Dave

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#4 posted 905 days ago

Nice build. And A great use of the wavy lumber. It looks to be turning out nicely.

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 905 days ago

A great beginning for your workshop cabinet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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stefang

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#6 posted 905 days ago

You’re doing a great job here Tim. I loved the wormy chestnut and it does look beautiful with the oak. Good to see you making your own dowels. Here in Norway we call the metal bit a ‘pug jern’. Very valuable info if you need to borrow one while on vacation here, lol. Good blog and fun to see the progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 905 days ago

Looking good. Should be a handsome cabinet.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Philip

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#8 posted 905 days ago

Tim, this looks amazing! I will be consulting you when I make mine…love the dowels.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 905 days ago

Great save Buddy

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 905 days ago

bondogaposis, the saw is a Stanley from one of the big box stores.

Working this lumber has been interesting to say the least, lots of movement when cutting. I have used some of it before on a lingerie chest and really like how it finished so i’m looking forward to putting some oil/poly on this cabinet.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 904 days ago

What oil/poly recipe you using, Tim.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Tim Dahn

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#12 posted 904 days ago

Jim, I have become a fan of 1/3 blo. 1/3 poly and 1/3 mineral spirits. You can reduce the mineral spirits to have a thicker mix.

I will be finishing this cabinet with it so stay tuned.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 903 days ago

Thanks Tim, I would like to hear your step by step finishing process. Although Watco works good for a lot of shop projects because it withstands denting, scraping, and cutting, and is easily renewed….....There are a lot of shop and other projects that won’t receive that kind of abuse.

So…...I will be following along….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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