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Project by Ron Aylor posted 03-19-2018 07:20 PM 2921 views 15 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twenty-Drawer Hardware Cabinet -
 
My Mystery Cabinet became a twenty-drawer hardware cabinet! 100% unplugged, about 20 hours using a variety of hand tools including hand saws, chisels, hand planes, and files, constructed of dimensional pine lumber and Ambrosia maple. Finished with white-wash and boiled linseed oil. All drawers are half-blind dovetailed with 3/4” fronts, 1/4” sides and back, and 1/8” drawer bottom.
 
               
 
The top of the cabinet houses my molding planes and jack plane.
 

 
I think it fits nicely on the wall above my sharpening station …
 
               
 
... and has somewhat of a Bavarian vibe! Don’t you agree?
 
               
 
               
 
Now I need to fill it up with hardware!
 

 
All comments and questions are welcomed. Thanks for looking!
 
Follow my progress on this build via the links below:

Mystery Cabinet #1: The Problem
Mystery Cabinet #2: Considerations and Design
Mystery Cabinet #3: And So It Begins
Mystery Cabinet #4: I Love Dovetails
Mystery Cabinet #5: Filling In the Shell
Mystery Cabinet #6: Dividers
Mystery Cabinet #7: Mystery Solved
  
 

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





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majuvla

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#1 posted 03-19-2018 07:43 PM

This is extraordinary combination of natural wood and white colour.I like those dovetailed drawers – so cute.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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IantheTinker

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 07:48 PM

That is very nice work, looks great, the kind of storage unit I would want in my own shop. About how many hours do you reckon it took you to make this?

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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JADobson

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 07:55 PM

Hey Ron. Looks great. what are the dimensions of the drawer fronts? I started building Roy Underhill’s nail cabinet from popular woodworking but the drawers seemed awfully big to me. Yours look to be a better size. Thanks.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 08:09 PM


This is extraordinary combination of natural wood and white colour.I like those dovetailed drawers – so cute.

- majuvla

Thanks, Ivan. The little drawers were a lot of fun to build!


That is very nice work, looks great, the kind of storage unit I would want in my own shop. About how many hours do you reckon it took you to make this?

- IantheTinker

Thank you, Ian. How many hours? Let’s see … about 2 hours in design, 8 hours in the construction of the case, and another 10 hours building and finishing the drawers … 20 hours in total.


Hey Ron. Looks great. what are the dimensions of the drawer fronts? I started building Roy Underhill’s nail cabinet from popular woodworking but the drawers seemed awfully big to me. Yours look to be a better size. Thanks.

- JADobson

Thanks, James. The outside  drawers measure, 3” Wide x 2-7/16” High x 5-1/2 Deep. The middle  drawers measure, 4-1/8” Wide x 2-7/16” High x 5-1/2” Deep. Thanks for asking!

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

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Daniel Solowiej

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 08:10 PM

Fantastic project dear Ron, the color contrast is sublime. Have you thought about adding a back stop to the drawers, maybe just a screw? I congratulate you and thank you for sharing all your work. This is an excellent teaching and example for me, my friend!

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Bobsboxes

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 08:16 PM

Very nice cabinet, unique, functional, and extra storage.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 08:26 PM



Very nice cabinet, unique, functional, and extra storage.

- Bobsboxes


The Montana guy summed it up very well!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 08:29 PM


Fantastic project dear Ron, the color contrast is sublime. Have you thought about adding a back stop to the drawers, maybe just a screw? I congratulate you and thank you for sharing all your work. This is an excellent teaching and example for me, my friend!

- Daniel Solowiej

Thank you, Daniel. I hope you are doing well. The camera on my phone does not do the Ambrosia maple justice. There is a slight curl in the maple that looks awesome. I didn’t consider a stop at first. I do, however, like your idea of a screw … perhaps in the center of the backs … I may give that a shot. Thanks for the suggestion!

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

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 08:30 PM


Very nice cabinet, unique, functional, and extra storage.

- Bobsboxes


Thanks, Bob!

Very nice cabinet, unique, functional, and extra storage.

- Bobsboxes

The Montana guy summed it up very well!

- ralbuck

Thank you, Ralbuck!

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

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theoldfart

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#10 posted 03-19-2018 09:44 PM

Looks quite fine Ron, but just one pic after all that work?

Guess your fingers were tired! :-)

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

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 03-19-2018 09:58 PM


Looks quite fine Ron, but just one pic after all that work?

Guess your fingers were tired! :-)

- theoldfart


Thanks, Kevin. May I assume you are referring to the half-blind dovetails? I posted a few photos of the drawer construction in the comments section of Mystery Cabinet #7: Mystery Solved ... I figured if you’ve seen one little half-blind dovetailed drawer … you’ve seen them all.

I’m thinking about further subdividing some of the drawers like Smitty did on his Nail/Screw Cabinet ... we’ll see.

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

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Kelster58

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#12 posted 03-19-2018 10:27 PM

That is outstanding. you did a great job…..I never tire of seeing your work. Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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wrenchhead

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#13 posted 03-19-2018 10:29 PM

That’s one way to get a lot of dovetailing practice. Looks great.

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRuFxW8HhRfyhbTP4SY5UA I could quit if I wanted

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 03-19-2018 10:41 PM


That is outstanding. you did a great job…..I never tire of seeing your work. Thanks for sharing.

- Kelster58


Thanks, Kelly!

That’s one way to get a lot of dovetailing practice. Looks great.

- wrenchhead


You can say that again … Thanks! Trying to keep them all looking the same  is not as easy as it looks.

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

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 03-19-2018 10:41 PM

Yes Ron, I was referring to the 80 or so DT’s.

I have a repurposed library card file that I will be making subdividers for the drawers. I need to finish packing up and move out to California then build a new shop. Maybe then I’ll get them done.

Still say that is one outstanding piece of work you made.

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

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