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Anarchist's/Martha Stewart's Hanging File Cabinet

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Project by bonobo posted 03-10-2016 05:44 PM 2092 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a box to keep files in and though it would be nice to have a till for loose receipts and unpaid bills.

That’s pretty much it. The hardware is from Lee Valley. I ripped off the basic idea from an image result found on Martha Stewart’s website. Works pretty good.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain





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#1 posted 03-10-2016 05:52 PM

First off you did a great job building the chest. Great craftsmanship. Using the chest as a file cabinet, outstanding. I’ll probably use this idea.

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

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 06:07 PM

Glad you like it Dan.

If you’re going to build one, you’ll need an inside width of 14”, with 9 ½” to the top of the folder rails and another ¾” allowance under the till for the folder labels. The Lee Valley rails are something like 26” long but easily trimmed with tin snips.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-10-2016 06:32 PM

Way cool. It must be admitted though that pairing “anarchist” with “Martha Stewart” is a bit of an mismatch. What’s the material and finish?

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#4 posted 03-10-2016 06:43 PM

The anarchist’s blog that I read reminds me a lot of Martha Stewart, haha!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 03-10-2016 06:45 PM

“Anarchist” refers to The Anarchist’s Tool Chest book by Chris Schwarz, where you’ll find instructions for building one like it. It’s pine. No finish yet. I’ll paint it when the weather is warmer.

...another construction note: I didn’t bother with through-tenons on the lid corners. The panel grooves & lid skirt hold everything together very solidly. It saved a lot of time.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#6 posted 03-10-2016 08:08 PM

Beautiful box, with simple lines and nice white colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-10-2016 10:07 PM

but, but, but it needs tools! AND Martha Stewart is the great Satan.

Outstanding build bonobo.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 03-10-2016 10:45 PM

Nice work. One thing tho, the hinge spacing is wide. For two hinges each should be centered 1/4 of the distance from each end. For three hinges, 1/6th from each end annd one centered.

This spacing insures the the load on each hinge is even for maximum life.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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#9 posted 03-10-2016 11:35 PM

Thanks. I think what you’re saying about the hinges makes sense for looks but don’t agree on the physics. Imagine if the two were closely spaced in the middle, the door would be prone to twisting, so moving them out to the extreme edges means there’s the absolute minimum amount of “play” possible – which I think would loosen them long before any load would wear out the brass. Moving them too close to the edges I can imagine might run the risk of splitting the frame but I think I’m ok. Keep in mind, this is only 24” long. If it were longer, I’d be worried about flexing of the panel and take your point without a peep.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#10 posted 03-10-2016 11:46 PM

BTW, what’s the finish going to be? One of my chests was done with two colors of milk paint, an overcoat of danish oil and a final waxing with black wax. Pretty pleased with the look.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 03-10-2016 11:52 PM

Sounds nice. This one’s just getting shellacked all over and painted with a light tan oil paint on the exterior.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#12 posted 03-10-2016 11:54 PM

Post pics when it’s done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 03-11-2016 01:46 AM

This is the best thing ever. Beautiful work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 03-11-2016 02:55 PM

Cool design and good build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 03-11-2016 03:16 PM

This is so nice and done with a lot of craftsmanship.

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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