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Project by DocT posted 1528 days ago 1803 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my little project last weekend. It is loosely based on a tool stand I saw in a book awhile back. I haven’t been turning for very long, but it is amazing how many small parts (chucks, centers, wrenches…) that I have accumulated. The eight drawers in my design hold all of that plus finishes, patterns, calipers… you get the idea!

This entire project cost me less than three dollars! I sized all of the parts to consume shop scraps. I made the carcass from scrap quarter-sawn white oak plywood that I’ve been hanging onto (hence the horizontal grain on the sides). The drawer fronts, edge banding, knobs, base and vertical standards are made from solid QSWO. The drawer boxes are made from pre-finished birch ply scraps. I found the casters in a drawer (I don’t remember what I harvested those from), and, though they’re not heavy duty, I don’t really plan to roll it around much. The only thing I had to buy were the two plastic knobs ($1.39 ea Woodcraft) that adjust and tighten the tilting tool holder. The chest is approximately 33” tall, 24” wide, and 12” deep.

I ebonized the oak knobs and frame pieces on a whim and stained the remainder of the oak to pop the rays. The finish is sprayed spar urethane.

In retrospect, this whole project is kind of ridiculous looking. I never would have bought $110/sheet plywood specifically for shop furniture. But then I ask myself, why not?! I spend a lot of my time in the shop…why should all of my utilitarian pieces have to look utilitarian?

-- tracyturnerstudio.com





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1528 days ago

Fantastic design and work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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OutPutter

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#2 posted 1528 days ago

You better lock up your shop DocT. I’m gonna raid your scrap pile. lol Wonderful job on the shop furniture.

Best,

-- Jim

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 1528 days ago

Terrific idea. Everything at your finger tip when you need it. Good organization.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 1528 days ago

Great looking cabinet. You did a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Broglea

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#5 posted 1528 days ago

That is a sweet caddy and you can’t beat the price.

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Daniel Wise

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#6 posted 1528 days ago

The horizontal grain on the sides actually looks kinda artsy. I like it. Looks like you could swap out the top tray for a mirror and use it as a piece of bedroom furniture.

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Kerux

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#7 posted 1528 days ago

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Kindlingmaker

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#8 posted 1528 days ago

Your caninet is great! Oh Drool…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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brian watts

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#9 posted 1528 days ago

very nice. if you get bored just make another one and sent it over…

-- www.brianwattscustomcalls.com

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Maveric777

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#10 posted 1528 days ago

Now this is very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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DocT

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#11 posted 1527 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments! Everything is now neatly contained and I still have two empty drawers! That shouldn’t last long (either the neatness or the emptyness).

-- tracyturnerstudio.com

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