my handtool cabinet.

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Project by Novicebutlearning posted 1561 days ago 2732 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All the tools I have, save the SawStop®, I inherited from my father. Of these, the hand tools are dearest to me. And so I decided that they needed a decent home. I stole the design for the exterior case from ShopNotes® and adapted it to hold chisels, hammers etc. The entire piece is made of knotty pine and the back is wainscoting – all from a big box home-reno store. There is a magnetic strip holding the chisels to the cabinet: great idea, but next time I will use rare earth magnets (much stronger).

-- A laborer uses his hands. A craftsman uses his hands and his head. An artist uses his hands, his head and his heart.

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#1 posted 1561 days ago

I like it! Very nice job.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 1561 days ago

Nice cabinet, great job

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#3 posted 1561 days ago

Nice work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 1561 days ago

I love making things for my shop. Great project.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 1561 days ago

Great job. I agree that hand tools can be a treasure & developing the skills to use them is very rewarding. (So is showing them off) You didn’t mention what you used for a finish. It almost looks unfinished at this point. If you haven’t yet, I recommend amber shellac. I think it’s a great look for a project like this.

Also have you mounted it on a wall? Remember that these things get heavy. (I can hardly lift mine with the tools in it) French cleats work well for something like this. Have a great day. -SST

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

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#6 posted 1561 days ago

I am a handtool fanatic & like your box. Hope you made it with handtools too! thanks for sharing

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 1561 days ago

Nice display for your inherited tools.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 1561 days ago

Nice hand tool cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1560 days ago

That is cool. I love organiztion in the shop. A place for everything and everything in its place when aproject is finished…....

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 1560 days ago

Very nice—You’ll be glad you went to the trouble.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 1560 days ago

Nice work. looks good from here. Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 1560 days ago

Ok I give up. How did you place the® next to the name brand?

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#13 posted 1560 days ago

Great cabinet and I love the bead board back. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#14 posted 1560 days ago

nice good job

-- Custom furniture

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Bob Kollman

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#15 posted 1560 days ago

Good work, nice use of pine, excellent display in the shop also!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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