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Project by Steffen posted 05-02-2010 06:19 PM 2188 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started browsing ebay for some used hand tools and decided I needed something to put them in. This cabinet became too small too quickly but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it. Wood is alder and the handle and trim are walnut. I cut the shape of the handle on the band saw then shaped the rest by hand. The crown on the top was made with my table saw. The whole thing was made from left-over lumber from various project…even the hinges were left over from a cabinet job I did years ago.

A little background on the thermometer… My grandfather had a cattle and hog farm in Dallas Oregon. The farm house was about 100 years old and after he died years ago my grandmother sold the property to a developer. The property sat for years and was used for grazing and I believe they were renting the old house. I had not been to the property in years and in 2003 I decided to stop by and show the old house to a friend. Sadly the house was donated to the local fire department and just one week before I arrived they burned it to the ground. This thermometer was hanging on the old tool shed which didn’t burn. I figured nobody would miss it and it had been hanging on that shed for as long as I can remember. That was the first time I stole it.

later that year I moved to Bellingham Washington. I rented this old house and I set the thermometer on the side porch one day when it snowed. When I moved I forgot it there. Three years later when I was visiting Bellingham I got up very early…drove over to the house…there it was still in the same place I placed it three years ago. I tip toed up to the house…snatched it…and took it home. My friends Mom on Whidbey Island had it mounted and framed and shipped it to me in California.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 06:31 PM

So you were the guy! NIce looking cabinet btw. You could make another mirror image cabinet and tie them together with shelfs and drawers if you want to keep the same look and add storage space.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 07:56 PM

Great story…thief! Nice looking cabinet though. I really like the handle.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 08:20 PM

Nice cabinet. The thermometer was quite a steal! The temperature is 3 degrees higher than our own today. Lots of sun though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 10:55 PM

yeah…that thermometer always reads that temperature…I guess it knows where I’m happy…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 11:12 PM

Nice cabinet, you have done a really good job.
I have just made a very simple one my self, it’s amazing what you can fit inside. I have just tryed this…
So you can if it have intrest you can see here what I did:

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

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 03:08 AM

Nice project – I like your handle design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 03:08 AM

i love how you turned a shop cabinet into a beautiful piece…the handle really makes it are for me…looks like you have room for a middle shelf…

nice job!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 03:21 AM

Finally I know what happened to my thermometer…Send it back!

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 05:53 PM

Matt…Look very closely and you will see the mistake I made…I drilled the holes for the pins using my standard template. Then I got the bright idea of mounting some walnut on the door to hold a set of chisels…soooo I cut the shelves back a little which meant they no longer reached the front pin…Look at the top shelf and you can see some walnut brackets I threw together to see if they would work. So you can see why the other shelves aren’t in…one of them is sitting on the bottom of the cabinet and the other is sitting on top above the crown. I can always make full depth shelves but I’d rather carve some cool looking shelf pins instead.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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