Craftsman Style Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by mramseyISU posted 09-29-2014 03:04 PM 2632 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been in the works for a while now. I decided I wanted to learn to hand cut dovetails so I bought a dovetail saw and some decent chisels. Once I had them I didn’t have any place to put them so I found this design for a hand tool cabinet in a popular woodworking project book. The original plans were for Cherry and Spalted Maple, I didn’t have either but i have a bunch of quartersawn white oak and I bought a little curly maple for the accent pieces. The first dovetails here are pretty rough but buy the time I got to the end I was pretty proud of what I was doing. Now I need to buy more hand planes to fill those cubbies.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 03:07 PM

Great job , awesome cabinet. One to be proud of…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 03:07 PM

That looks great! Dovetails look nice and tight, too.

Only one problem I see.

Now I need to buy more hand planes to fill those cubbies.

If you’re going down that slippery slope, you may need more plane storage than what the cabinet provides. :-)

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 03:22 PM

Excellent job on the cabinet and dovetails.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 06:11 PM

Great looking cabinet—very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 10:22 PM

Nice cabinet, even nicer dovetails.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 01:03 AM

The cabinet looks great in oak, I also agree with everyone else “nice dovetails”

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 02:33 AM

Very nice cabinet. The best way to learn is by doing. You learned real good. I need more doing, ha.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 09:03 AM

Really nice cabinet.
First-time dovetails…....WOW.

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 11:44 AM

Thanks for the comments. By the end of this my dovetails started looking pretty good. Trust me the first ones didn’t look anywhere near that good. I thought it would be cheaper to learn to cut them by hand than it would be to buy a jig boy was I wrong but it was more rewarding I think than just letting the machine do the work.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 03:58 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 10-03-2014 07:56 PM

Now I need to buy more hand planes to fill those cubbies.

And if the wife asks why , Just ask her why she has to fill all the spots for Shoes in the closet.

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#12 posted 10-03-2014 08:01 PM

Nice work!

Now I need to buy more hand planes to fill those cubbies.

And if the wife asks why , Just ask her why she has to fill all the spots for Shoes in the closet.

- Richard

If that works, then I need to build more cubbies for planes, and more shoe rack space in the closet!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#13 posted 07-09-2015 12:08 AM

Sweet! Everything looks perfect. Grain, design, joinery. Very handsome case. AND TEH TOP THREE DAILY AWARD WE LOVE THAT

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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