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Blog entry by fumehappy posted 526 days ago 1493 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago, I heard that you should be careful if you find a hundred dollar bill on the dresser, cause it means you got….
After dressing the oak, filling all the holes, and oiling it up, I went away to the beach for a week. I came back to find new holes. Crud.
I attempted to have it dried in an industrial oven at a low temperature, but unfortunately the results were disastrous. That happened over the summer, and I didn’t have the heart to write anything about it until now. The final solution was to use 2/6’s from a box retailer, married with some leftover hardwood I had laying about. Add in two face vises, and the result is pretty good. I”ll upload some detailed pictures at a later date, since this post is dedicated to my new Cabinet.

Last night I finally finished phase 1 of my tool cabinet. I took some ideas floated here at lumberjocks and mixed them around with my own to create this monster 4’ x 4’ organizational structure. Phase 2 will feature some drawers and inlet shelves in the bottom area. Stage 3 will be tool-bearing doors.

The sides and shelves are pine, the back basswood or linden. I reinforced the backboards with a piece of 1×4x4 maple, and the corners are reinforced with hardwood blocks top and bottom. I used some vintage 3/8th thick screws I picked up at a yardsale to hold it together. The whole thing is finished with some blond shellac.


Chopping and paring the space for the 5X5 brass hinges I found



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 447 days ago

Looks like a nice assortment of moulding planes you have on the top shelf of that cabinet! Unfortunately where I wouldn’t be able to reach them. I get putting transitionals out of reach (heh, heh…), but at this point I’m fascinated by the simple woodies.

Is the cabinet complete, with drawers and tool-laden doors?

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

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fumehappy

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#2 posted 447 days ago

Yeah, haven’t gotten around to the tool-laden doors and drawers yet. :) They are definitely on the drawing board and to-do list. The cabinet really helped my shop get organized and I’ve been clearing all my back projects. My goal was to have the doors on it by fall of 2013. I’m keeping my eyes out for some drawers at flea markets/yard sales. Still not sure how i want to lay that part out.

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#3 posted 447 days ago

Drawers at yard sales is a smart move. Often enough, dressers / chest of drawers pieces even hit the curb, and the drawer sides (if they’re solid wood) are great to re-use when making your own pieces.

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

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#4 posted 447 days ago

You have a very nice collection of tools and that cabinet will be a great place to store them and a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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