Hanging Tool cabinet from air dryed Oak

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Project by unisaw2 posted 02-07-2010 11:05 PM 5346 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working with this wood for several years. Milled several 36” logs in early 2007, stickered in a shed for a year then brought in to a heated area. MC currently down to around 9%.

This tool cabinet was a test of the wood. Used some gnarly pieces as well and some good hand picked pieces.

Cope & stick,raised panel doors. Wenge morticed handles. Sliding Dovetail shelves, box joint storage boxes, hung with pocket screws.

Finished with pigment stain and shellac. Probably will need another finish coat of varnish.

Overall the wood is good to work with, because it was a “yard tree” the wood varies from funky grain, to insect damage & other defects, to beautiful quarter sawn flecks.

It will be interesting to see how much wood movement we get over time.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 11:13 PM

Nice tool cabinet. I hope I can make something as pretty to go inside my house one day.

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 12:33 AM

Wow. Nice work. Love the grain on the oak.


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#3 posted 02-08-2010 12:35 AM

That’s a very nice tool cabinet and some good looking hand tools too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 01:23 AM

cant wait to see some more of your work.dont stop

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 01:45 AM

I love the simplicity of your design, especially the open back and shallow shelves. The wood really stands out beautifully against the white background.

I was wondering how it is fixed to the wall. I see the cleat underneath, but I’m guessing that there is something else to stop it from tipping?

-- John

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 02:01 AM

Nice oh did I mention nice


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#7 posted 02-08-2010 02:02 AM

looks great

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 02-08-2010 02:04 AM

Looks good enough to be in the Kitchen ;-)

-- 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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#9 posted 02-08-2010 02:11 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 02:40 AM

Great looking cabinet. Very nicely done! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 05:08 AM

Great looking and useful tool cabinet…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 02-08-2010 05:32 AM

Beauty! I got a screw for that hinge if ya need one… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 05:47 AM

Great looking piece of work. I love the variety of joint details and the look of the wood. Perhaps you should make another one! :-)

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#14 posted 02-08-2010 05:50 AM

JohnnyW – Just for fun I used pocket screws into the studs to hold it up. I will take the bottom cleat out and see if the pocket screws hold, we’ll see… The rest of the cabinet is done with dovetails.

Jack1: I have another screw, can you get the brass out that broke off? :)

It has been a long learning journey from this log in 2007

Overall I will mill more “yard logs” but I think I will have them kiln dried next time.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 02-08-2010 05:51 AM

I’m a tool cabinet nut, so yours caught my eye. Beautiful wood & great job. I’ve been wanting to finish a second one for the rest of my tools, and this has given me the incentive to get back to it. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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