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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-14-2018 05:07 AM 3447 views 9 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project: Nail / Screw Cabinet

Materials: Pine Fruit Crate, Poplar dividers, salvaged pine drawer parts, spalted maple fronts

Galoot Index: Maybe a 7 on a 10 point scale?

Cost: About $12 for the pulls

Back in November 2016 I was inspired to build something resembling Roy Underhill’s nail (screw) cabinet to hold the assortment of old-stock slotted screws I always misplace but consistently use on projects. Aside inspiration from St. Roy, I had a little California Prunes crate with a backstory and a need to be repurposed…

The crate was bought at an auction I went to with my Mom (she was a huge antiques enthusiast) that likely set this young boy back maybe $.25 at the time. Anyway, it was just an old pine box, ¾” stock at either end and thin stuff on the back and sides, nothing special. It’s been filled with all kinds of things over the years, from comic books to my rock ‘collection’ to detrius from my childhood desk drawers. Anyway, it was in a cabinet in the garage at home when my wife spotted it. After grappling with thoughts of simply throwing it out, I brought it over to the shop and came up with this repurpose idea.

Add some spalted maple from a fellow LJ and we have a great project!

Want to know how it evolved over the past 14 months? Here’s the list of blog entries for this project:

Misc. Shop Stuff #55: I Need a Nail (Screw) Cabinet
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/96050

Misc. Shop Stuff #56: Nail (Screw) Cabinet – Forward Progress
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/96506

Misc. Shop Stuff #57: Nail (Screw) Cabinet – Internals Done!
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/98090

Misc. Shop Stuff #61: Nail (Screw) Cabinet – Drawer Fronts vs Drawers
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/109305

Misc. Shop Stuff #65: Nail (Screw) Cabinet – Hardware & Glue-up
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/118857

Misc. Shop Stuff #66: Nail (Screw) Cabinet – Final Assembly
http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/118905

It hangs very close to the bench, as seen in the first picture above. Used a couple brass hanging rings and they worked great / are very secure. No finish applied to the drawer fronts or labels made, and neither may happen. I like the look of it the way it is! Hope you do too, and as always thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 05:36 AM

Nice looking cabinet and drawers! Always good to be organized and spend more time on task and less trying to recall where we put something last time.

Because we are not getting any younger, the recall button seems to be fuzzy sometimes.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Pat3

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 06:06 AM

Well done Smitty, as usual your work is awesome.
I look forward to making one of these as well, it is much needed in my shop.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 06:10 AM

Hey Pat, thanks! Good to hear from you again!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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anthm27

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 08:51 AM

Love it, great job. Also loving the hand planes in your workshop
RegardsAnthm

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 10:46 AM

Nice to see it in its natural habitat. It should serve you well.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 12:16 PM

Again I say … that’s a sweet little cabinet.  Well done, Smitty! I really enjoyed the blog.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 01:07 PM

Thanks Gents, started filling it up last night with slotted screws (finally) sorted by size!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Mosquito

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 01:52 PM

Turned out great Smitty!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 02-14-2018 02:55 PM

Brass screws no doubt!

It does look right at home in your shop.

Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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GrandpaLen

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#10 posted 02-14-2018 03:04 PM

...most excellent, Smitty.

Some things are purposed,
Others are repurposed…

A wink, a nod and a Happy Valentines Day wish from Mother Nature for your repurposing efforts.

Best Regards.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 02-14-2018 03:21 PM

I admire your vision as much as your skills. Thanks for taking us along Smitty, it’s always a thoughtful and educating journey.

What does the drawer filled with screws look like?

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 02-14-2018 03:30 PM

I’ll have to take some kind of ‘filling drawers’ pic and add it to the OP.

Glad the took-way-too-long cabinet (I’m sensing a theme with my projects…) is getting good reception. I kinda like the thing! Thanks again for all the comments.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Slyy

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#13 posted 02-14-2018 03:41 PM

Love it Smitty! Great way to use something lying about the shop too!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Andre

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#14 posted 02-14-2018 04:49 PM

Something about spalted maple, sort like figured walnut you never know exactly how it is going to look when finished?
Great story about the crate! Funny as things, we get older the things we recall!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Hammerthumb

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#15 posted 02-14-2018 05:39 PM

Good work Smitty!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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