Well, last week reality caught up with me big time. I had ambitious plans to finish a project a day – we all know by now that I couldn’t meet my own deadline on that one. I began the tool cabinet (my second project for the week) on Tuesday, but finished only the milling and the dovetails on the carcass. On Wednesday, I cut the mortise and tenon joints for the shelves, the back, and assembled the basic case. Thursday I finished and installed the door and the magnets for the door catch. Then Friday I had my wisdom teeth removed, which put woodworking firmly in the back of my mind for a while. Here’s the cabinet as of Thursday:
I was ready to hang it up at this point, happy that I finished it (with exception of the tool holders) within the week. However, my wife came out and saw it and asked me “So now all that’s left is staining it?”. Well…
This project is all about honing my skills as a woodworker. There are three types of hand-cut joints on here (half-lap on the door, dovetails on the carcass, through mortises on the shelves) which I chose primarily because I wanted to practice. It makes sense, then, for me to practice my finishing abilities (or lack thereof) on this shop cabinet.
So I went out and got some gel stain (after reading in Bob Flexner’s book about how gel stain helps keep the blotchiness out of pine), and stained the cabinet mahogany on Sunday. Then my wife was kind enough to help me hang it on the wall. Here it is, in all it’s glory.
Now all that’s left is for me to make the individual tool holders for it. And, of course, to make the matching saw till and second tool cabinet to go with it. All in good time, I suppose. I’ll post it as a project once I’ve finished all of the individual holders.
Thanks for looking,