hand tool cabinet for the neanderthal

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Project by martin007 posted 12-06-2009 11:44 PM 7382 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all

I made this hand tool cabinet, with the tools that are in it. But I have to confess that I am not quite totally neandertal. I did use my thickness planer, jointer and bandsaw for resawing the front panels. Nevertheless It was a good hand tool practice to perform tasks like sliding dovetail, frame and panel, dovetails (through and blind), rabbet, draw bore mortise and tenon…

I didn`t count the total hours spent on this project and maybe it is a good thing :o) But I guess that it is somewhere between 100 and 125 hours (including design).

The four drawers are not completed yet and it looks like it is going to be a while until I have some time to complete them, as I have other duties calling.

The cabinet is made all of white pine and is left unfinnished for now. Very fun to build


-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 11:54 PM

Beautiful cabinet! I really liked the way you fitted the tools-nice arrangement. Like you, I like having my hand tools organized for quick access-really shortens the time at the bench when you’re doing joinery.
Also, you really have a beautiful collection of handplanes-some of them look antique.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 11:57 PM

Very Nice. On my to do list to build something similar. What are the dimensions?

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 12:09 AM

looking nice and organiest wish it was me


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#4 posted 12-07-2009 12:20 AM

That is beautiful. Looks like you had a toast to the project. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 12:33 AM

Hey Dudley, yes I did have a few toast, all project long I must say…LOL Beer and music along with all the noise that comes with working with hand tools just keeps me coming back in the shop.

Wayne, close cabinet is 36” high and 48” wide, when openned 8 feet wide.

Gerry, I did a lot of thinking about how to store the planes (vertical versus horizontal) but having a dedicated shelf for each sure speeds up the process of getting/putting the plane back with less chance of hitting another plane

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 12:48 AM

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhh…. I want one!

Love the fact that the tools built themselves their own home. Nice job. I like the design too. <favorited>

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks bigger than I thought. How deep is it?

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

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 01:01 AM

3fingetpat, no I didn’t make the bowsaw, it is from gramercy, I like it

Wayne, the cabinet was made by cutting the initial 9 inch deep carcase at the 6 1/4 inch mark. Being carefull to cut into a wide dovetail pin.

Main box got a 3/4 plywood fit in a rabbet so It gives 5 1/2 inch storage depth. The doors have a 3/4 inch thick frame fit in a rabbet too, which gives a 2” storage depth.

thanks all for the nice comments

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 01:19 AM

Great looking tool box.

Great team to, Go Canadiens!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 01:24 AM

I get my shop added onto next year I think I’ll make one like that for my planes and tools above the workbench. I love that deisgn and the size just might work too. +Thanks for the post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 01:33 AM

Well done martin I like this tool cabinet a lot.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 12-07-2009 02:36 AM

Sweet collection of tools. Nice box also!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 02:42 AM

Nice looking cabinet i like the dovetails,looks like lee valley tools would be out of business if it was not for you.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 03:05 AM

Nice job and a good collection of tools

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 03:07 AM

Nice looking tool cabinet.

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