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Ponderings #21: Grand Plans and Harsh Reality

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 11-26-2008 08:57 PM 962 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m a man with a dream. That dream is a beautiful tool cabinet that makes all others pale in comparison. Yes, it’s a piece of shop furniture, but I want it to be built and styled the same way I would any high priced commission. I want a piece that will withstand the test of time and can be a source of pride for my family for generations to come. And really…that’s only part of the dream.

The harsh reality is that I don’t really know how to build it yet. I’m still working on the layout of everything, and plan to consult the Lee Valley tool cabinet plans for some inspiration, but ultimately I still have a lot I’ll have to learn for this to work. I keep thinking of the H.O. Studley tool cabinet I first saw almost a year ago. This tool storage device is a work of art in it’s own right. Studley was a piano maker, and the materials he used reflected that. Mahogeny carcase, ebony accents, ivory inlay, it’s truly a thing of beauty. The materials alone are beyond my ability to get…mostly because ivory is illegal now, but still.

I dream of this cabinet, and someday those dreams will be realized. In truth, this cabinet will probably take me months to build once it’s begun, and I’ll have to learn tons of new skills just to complete it. Joinery will probably be everything from biscuits and pocket screws to mortise & tenon and dovetails. Oak panel and frame construction (to help withstand the moisture changes from being outside under a canopy). Veneered and/or inlayed drawers on the inside. Carved ebony handles on the exterior (and a lock since it’ll be outside!).

Here’s the thing though. I could easily say “I can’t do it because I don’t know how”, but I don’t want to do that. I want to build amazing things. You don’t do amazing things by saying “can’t” in any form except “I can’t be stopped!” I’ll be learning all these techniques. I’ll be refining them and using them. Then, when the time is right, my cabinet will be complete. My magnum opus.

Sounds pretty pretentious, right? It might be. However, I want to build a lot of other things too. A new coffee table, bedroom furniture, an island for the kitchen, and a bunch of other stuff. Who knows what order it’ll be in. But it’ll get built, and if I take my time, I’ll create some amazing pieces that will last for generations to come.

I really wish we had more of that kind of thinking in this world. Both the idea of having and holding on to well built, quality furniture and the idea of accompishing great things. I can’t help but think of where the world would be if we did have more of it.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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christopheralan

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 09:09 PM

I have to agree. Problem that we face however is the Walmant generation. I want it now for this much. Most people don’t truly understand what goes into building something that will last for years.

Nothing wrong with being pretentious, as long as you can prove it. I wish you and your quest well.

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 09:48 PM

Thanks Christopher! I’ll be honest, right now I can’t back it up. However, that is a temporary condition ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 11-27-2008 12:54 AM

Sounds good!

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Zuki

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#4 posted 11-27-2008 01:19 AM

Another interesting pondering TC.

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 11-27-2008 02:04 AM

I’m glad you like it CJ :)

Zuki,

Thanks. I’ve got tons of these types of things running through my head. I could post four or five a day somedays :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 11-27-2008 02:21 AM

I admire you Tomcat. You also have humility, and tons of drive. Looking forward to more ponderings and woodwork.

-- christopheralan

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Tomcat1066

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#7 posted 11-27-2008 06:13 PM

Thanks Christopher. Right now I’m planning projects that will make me learn new skills, so hopefully I’ll have some nice woodwork to show off :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#8 posted 11-27-2008 06:45 PM

Tomcat, Once again “Glad you are back”.
Missed these ponderings and ideas. I know the feeling though, I have so many different projects boiling on the back burners and so many more I would like to do and to do them I need to stretch my skills and just take them on.

I wish you well on the tool cabinet quest and can not wait to see the blog on the building of it and finally the finished piece.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Tomcat1066

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#9 posted 11-27-2008 07:15 PM

Thanks Chris! It’s great to be back.

The tool cabinet is one of several projects I’ve got running through my head. Sounds like you know the feeling :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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