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New Tool Cabinet, FINALLY!

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Project by crossfacecraddle posted 03-09-2015 01:25 PM 3411 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I say FINALLY because it has taken me over a year to design and build my hanging tool cabinet. Other projects and life in general took precedence on several occasions and derailed this cabinet many times. For the past year and half I have been incorporating more and more hand tool techniques into my woodworking, so I needed a better storage solution. All the joinery, with the exception of the rabbet for the back panel, was done with hand tools and methods, thank you Paul Sellers.

The Cabinet carcass is made from cherry as well as door frames. Maple was used for shelves, dovetailed drawers and drawer dividers. Afr Mahogany is laminated to the drawer fronts. Baltic Birch ply for the back, walnut for the raised door panels. To outfit the interior tool holders I used Oak, Apple and Cherry. I used a lot of different woods because that is what I had on hand. The cherry, I have had for a few years just waiting for the right project. The walnut is the only board I had to buy special for this piece.

As you can imagine it is a very heavy piece so instead of screwing it up to the wall and worrying about it I used a french cleat across the back on the top and bottom.

Over all I am very happy with the outcome and really enjoy working out of it.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John





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#1 posted 03-09-2015 01:28 PM

Nice!

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 02:14 PM

That tool cabinet is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 03-09-2015 02:46 PM

Absolutely beautiful, love the time, effort and careful planning you put into this cabinet.

My only concern is that you did not make it big enough for when your hand plane collection grows :0)
I made that mistake with my hand tool cabinet, I ended up having to build a new separate cabinet just to hold all the hand planes :0)

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 03:15 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 03:56 PM

Looks great, have to agree with Pat3 after looking at your work shop, will need to build a few more.
How did you attach the front panel to your door frames? That Walnut looks fantastic good choice.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 04:36 PM

I did not plan on putting my larger planes in the cabinet, I mounted them next to the cabinet on the wall. I have an 8, a 6 a 5 and a craftsman 5 size I turned into a scrub plane. I did have a 7 until my sweat shirt snagged it and as I turned around it fell to the floor breaking in two. I almost cried but screamed instead. Inside the cabinet I put my 3, 4 and 4 1/2.

The door panels are floating in grooves with enough space for expansion and contraction. I did most of the joinery in the dry winter time so I tried to keep things a little “loose” so things don’t blow up on me in the humid summer. I have heat in my shop but no cooling unit. In northern Illinois we get the extremes as far as humidity.

Thanks for all the comments and advice, it is much appreciated

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 06:24 PM

Imma jealous for sure

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#8 posted 03-09-2015 07:17 PM

What a beauty! This is on my long-term to-do list and your cabinet is a real inspiration.

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 09:00 PM

very nice, well done !!!!

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#10 posted 03-09-2015 09:03 PM

Nice build and well thought. Congrats ! Thank you for the inspiration (read I need one !).

Best,

Serge

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#11 posted 03-09-2015 10:17 PM

thank you for all the kind words
John

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#12 posted 03-10-2015 02:18 AM

Great job

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#13 posted 03-10-2015 02:40 AM

What I am looking at is the dove tail section of the doors which is attached to the front door panels, are they dowel and glued together?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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crossfacecraddle

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#14 posted 03-10-2015 02:43 AM

They are just glued

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#15 posted 03-10-2015 04:09 AM

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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