In the summer 1978 issue of FWW, Tage Frid wrote about tool cabinets.
“Why bother making a tool cabinet when a crate with shelves nailed in would hold the tools? I believe if a person wants to make a living as a woodworker and furniture designer, a well-designed and executed tool cabinet is very important. It’s a pleasure to have a beautiful tool cabinet, where the tools are properly arranged and easy to find. And when a potential customer comes into the shop and sees a nice cabinet, half the selling job is done right there.”
This set of cabinets and a bench is WAY over the top and might be thought to be excessive, but it is going to be my home for the rest of the time I am able to work with wood, hopefully 40+years left, so I want to look at something that inspires me to strive for perfection and make beautiful things. I have been having a good time making it and I look forward to the day I can step back and see the finished product.
So today was “Rinse and Repeat” on the cabinet doors.
I started out by lowering the left bottom branch a bit and drawing out what I liked.
I then did all the joinery to set the cross pieces in with floating tenons and dowels.
When I did the larger side mortises the clamp wasn’t deep enough to line the wood up flush with the top of the bench so I added some shims of pine to level it all out then routed the mortises.
The method I am employing to make these doors could be used to make some very decorative raised panel doors if any of you want to try it out. Over-size your frame and cut out the shape you like, then trace on the shape to your thick stock for the raised panel. Use calipers to enlarge the pattern being as accurate as possible. Then cut out the larger pattern and rout it with the matching raised panel bit. I would like to try it some day, but it might have to wait a few years. I think it would put a tombstone panel door to shame.
I am hoping for some good weather next week so I can use my grinder to take away the bulk of the wood to start carving on it.
For now I put the tools down and turn the lights off. It is time to rest a bit and come to it another day. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
If you would like some more to read, I suggest this note written by woodworker Mark Love. It is a great piece titled “Risk”
Have fun Woodworking.
-- Brian Noel