Tool Cabinet

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Project by Tim Marko posted 07-28-2009 09:01 PM 3512 views 20 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I have been wanting to build for a while and finally got around to it.

The cabinet is 24w x 12d x 13h. The cabinet is made with a type of cherry (I was told it was brazilian cherry but it’s not. It was a good deal and looked nice so I bought it anyway.). The drawer fronts are curly maple and the knobs are jatoba (real brazilian cherry). The drawers are baltic birch ply and luan bottoms (I had some lying around.)

The finish is 3 coats BLO/MS/Gloss Poly followed by 3 coats MS/Gloss Poly. After it cures for a couple weeks I’ll rub it out a bit.

I haven’t decided what to do inside the drawers and top compartment yet. Possibly some dividers or at the least I’ll line them somehow.

The only problem I had was the wood didn’t finish consistantly. Different pieces took on different colors even though it was basically a clear coat.

Now to fill it!

-- Tim, trying to come up with something cool to say here!

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 09:07 PM

Turned out beautiful….should be a center piece of pride for your shop !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 09:51 PM

Very nice work Tim. It sure looks great. Nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 10:00 PM

I love it. I want to build something like this soon, so I’m extra excited to see it. It looks beautiful. What about a small handle for the lid, something matching the drawers, so it doesn’t get worn by fingers too much over the years?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 10:20 PM

Thats way to nice to put tools in, great job

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 10:22 PM

Beautiful chest. The wood color should darken as it ages (as most cherry does). I agree with Gary about the lid lifter. It would make it more finger friendly. Nice job.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 10:40 PM

Beautiful, as always! You need to show off more of your work.

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 01:00 AM

Gorgeous little chest!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 03:16 AM

Very very nice.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 03:55 AM

Great looking chest. I really like your combination of woods. A beautiful addition to your shop.

-- John @

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 04:23 AM

Beautiful cabinet, good wood selection and nice joints.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#11 posted 07-29-2009 05:31 AM

Very nice tool chest

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 07-29-2009 05:33 AM

way cool Tim well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 05:59 AM

Great job.
The size makes it “portable” so I would look for a couple of additions. Handles to carry it, maybe on the ends. And latches or locks for the top and drawers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 07-29-2009 02:31 PM

Very Nice…my tools are jealous!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#15 posted 07-29-2009 02:55 PM

Like it very much. Love the box joints on the lid. Drawers look great. You might try flocking them.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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