Tool Cabinet

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Project by cut3times posted 03-03-2010 05:01 PM 10762 views 87 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just built a tool cabinet out of walnut and tiger maple. This was my first cabinet so it was a learning experience. The door storage idea came from a Plans Now picture that I saw somewhere. The whole cabinet is made of ¾” wood except for the back which is ½” plywood.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice display case, er, cabinet!

You said it was a learning experience… what did you learn along the way?

Nice wood choices too.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 05:08 PM

Great Idea and a great look!

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 05:11 PM

I like this cabinet a lot, nice design, elegant, but I think I like more the selection of tools that you own, something for every project, also I like the way you are protecting the blade of the planes from contacting the wood while sitting on the cabinet. Nice


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 05:16 PM

Nice work and practical too. Welcome to LJ’s, enjoy and share, glad to have you here. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 05:17 PM

A beautiful home for your fine hand tool collection!

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

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 05:19 PM

Nice cabinet, sweet set of planes and such too.

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 05:21 PM

Very nice cabinet for tools. I can’t help noticing your planes. Are you a serious collector or like me a collector of good user planes?

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 05:22 PM

Hi Jonathan. The learning experience was:

• I had never used a stacked rail/stile bit before. I made several mistakes getting the doors to align.
• I do not own a planer/jointer so all flattening and squaring was done using hand planes (one of the sides was pretty warped which I did not notice when I bought the wood).
• I used a dado blade for the horizontal pieces. I would use a dovetail joint if I was to do it again.
• Because my band saw is cheap, I resawed the front of the drawers by hand using a Dozuki Japanese saw (I love this saw I purchased from Bridge City).
• The finish is General Arm-R-Seal satin.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 05:23 PM

Nice job, I like the case. I like the HAND TOOLS a lot. Looking forward to your next project.



-- dust control

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 05:27 PM

The case looks so good I almost forgot to drool over all the tools inside it! Nice job.

-- James -

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 05:42 PM

Hi Bob. I am a serious collector of user tools. All the planes except for the Veritas scraper and Stanley Bullnose were purchased from Ebay. I buy them usually with rust and abuse and then restore them. I believe I am done :) I do collect Bridge City tools that I hardly ever use.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 05:44 PM

nice work

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 05:46 PM

Wow, that turned out very nice!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 05:49 PM

Wonderful tool chest and nice assortment of tools too.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 03-03-2010 05:49 PM

Cute & beautiful – excellently executed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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