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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 03-17-2010 04:08 PM 5077 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest addition in my quest for shop organization. I was tired of digging in a tool box drawer everytime I used a hand saw or square. The Japanese hand saws and squares are Bridge City. The three western saws are Crown. The depth gauge is also Bridge City.

The cabinet is maple and a piece I had that I don’t know what it is. I thought it was mesquite untill I planed it.
Then I began to wonder what it was, but it is a good looking wood, especially for a shop cabinet. The back is some leftover pine beadboard. I stained it, then shot a coat of flat black lacquer. I sanded the pieces which highlighted the pine grain and accented the edges as I sanded through. I sprayed a coat of satin lacquer to finish it off. I really liked the effect and it wasn’t that hard to do.


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#1 posted 03-17-2010 04:15 PM

well, I’m jealous now! LOL. Looks like you’d be able to find things….....Something not common in my garage shop, or anywhere I work for that matter. LOL.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 04:17 PM

Nice collection of saws you’ve got there.

Things are starting to look way to organized, Kent… we may have to toss you out of the Lumberjocks union. :-)

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

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 04:56 PM

Very nice looking organization there..

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 04:57 PM

Another high mark to shoot for. It’s starting to look like an art gallery more than a wood shop. Keep on raising the bar.

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 04:58 PM

Very nice collection and organization. The finish work on the back bead board looks great. Thanks for showing us this project.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 04:59 PM

Thats beautiful, I think the black background ar really making things stand out, and that makes it easier to find.
Think this can be some inspiration to my toolcabinets.
Thank you.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 08:04 PM

Wow, you have a really organized shop there. It makes me want to go home and clean!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 09:12 PM

I felt line organising my tools like that but then I laid down until the feeling passed.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 09:17 PM

Another very jealous jock here. You have a flair for making storage elegant and functional. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- John

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 09:28 PM

A great collection of tools that deserve good storage Kent. Great job on the case. Having those fine fixtures and organization in your shop will inspire you to spend more enjoyable time there and just make us jealous.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 09:29 PM

WOW,..WOW & WOW! That is a shop anyone would want to work in. Kudos!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 11:15 PM

Nice! It looks too pretty to be just a storage rack. Definitely a “display cabinet”. :-) And I’ve been wondering how I can store my dovetail saws—the Pax version of your Crowns. This is a great solution for saws that are awkward to store.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#13 posted 03-18-2010 12:06 AM

very nice organization

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 03-18-2010 12:50 AM

Kent: I very nice presentation piece. But, then agasin it for ome useful tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 01:30 AM

Nice, COOL stuff, Kent!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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