Hanging Tool cabinet from air dryed Oak

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Project by unisaw2 posted 1631 days ago 3696 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

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#1 posted 1631 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1631 days ago

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


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#3 posted 1631 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1631 days ago

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

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#5 posted 1631 days ago

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 1631 days ago

Nice oh did I mention nice


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#7 posted 1631 days ago

looks great

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

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#8 posted 1631 days ago

Looks good enough to be in the Kitchen ;-)

-- "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 1631 days ago

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 1631 days ago

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

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 1631 days ago

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 1631 days ago

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

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

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#13 posted 1631 days ago

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 1631 days ago

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

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#15 posted 1631 days ago

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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