Hanging Tool Cabinet

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Project by Rodney Milen posted 1444 days ago 2165 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project and I am very proud of it. It is a hanging tool cabinet made out of cherry with raised panel doors made from book matched cherry crotch. The doors are mortise and tenon with mitered beading and the dental molding was hand cut with a hand saw and chisel. On the inside there are two hand cut dovetailed drawer made from aspen and cherry with a 1/8” book matched cherry crotch veneer. The back is splined with hand chamfered edges. There is one permanent shelf and three adjustable ones. It is finished with a traditional finish of boiled linseed oil and finalized with a coat of wax.

-- Rodney

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#1 posted 1444 days ago

You should be proud; it’s gorgeous.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#2 posted 1444 days ago

Beautiful cabinet.

-- ~Julie~

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#3 posted 1444 days ago

Great cabinet…........too nice to be used in the shop as a tool cab!!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#4 posted 1444 days ago

Fit for a king!

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

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#5 posted 1444 days ago

Way to nice for a shop, that should go in the kitchen or bath.
Wonderful job.

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#6 posted 1444 days ago

Beautiful cabinet Rodney, the crotch is very eyecatching. I’ve used the same finish, it is simple and elegant.
A sidenote; I wish I had some molders and planes like yours.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#7 posted 1444 days ago

Thats a beautiful cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 1444 days ago

Has all the markings of a fine project. Well thought out plan, bnice wood selection and grain match (love the bookmatch doors) and a great finish job. If your proud of it you should be.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 1444 days ago

Very nice cabinet and I am very jealous of the collection of planes you have. Major tool envy here. I don’t have any cabinet that nice in my house. Beautiful cabinet. Love that curly grain.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 1444 days ago

Cool cabinet…and I like the way the doors disappear when you open them. I wish all cabinets had that feature. ;) And yess I too am jealous of the things you are putting in the cabinet.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 1444 days ago

Gorgeous piece of art !

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 1444 days ago

Nice work Rod. Having a cabinet like that in your shop with let other people see the quality of work you are capable of doing.
Most of my cabinets in my little shop have been made out of necessity——-used scrap lumber to make, finished with whatever paint or stain I had left over——-When I see projects like this I am in envy——-wishing mine looked that good !

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

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#13 posted 1444 days ago

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#14 posted 1444 days ago

My that is pretty. Good job.
And that is a cool technique of doing the half blind dovetails.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Rodney Milen

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#15 posted 1444 days ago

Thanks for all the comments. This cabinet was built as a “prototype” for a class I teach. I will use it here at the store to put my hand planes in but you could use this in a kitchen, bathroom, shop, or anywhere else you would like. I own the Woodcraft store in Chattanooga and inside the store we have a 1500 square foot facility that is used as a school called School at Narrow Bridges. Maybe one day I can retire it to my workshop at home but until then I will use it here.

-- Rodney

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