|Project by Grantman||posted 12-08-2010 06:01 AM||6512 views||27 times favorited||20 comments|
30 years ago, I quit my job thinking I would be an “artist.” Well, during the 2 1/2 years I didn’t have a conventional job I did some stained glass and started woodworking. The only thing of substance I built at the time was this tool cabinet.
It’s sustained a bunch of moves and a guy who didn’t know what the hell he was doing when he was building it. But, it’s served me to today and finally I’m adding a couple of plywood sheets attached to my workshop walls with french cleats to store stuff that simply won’t fit in the cabinet.
Birch plywood, walnut trim, oak plywood for doors, walnut drawer fronts, maple sides, and basswood for secondary wood.
After all this time, I only had to do one repair on it and it was just this past weekend. Not too shabby for a guy who had no flippin’ clue on what to do 30 years ago! Believe me, if I could do this…anyone can.
OK, I’ve updated this with a few more pictures showing some of the details. You’ll see the maple drawer glides, my sandpaper drawers (not enough of them) and the flat trays for my french curves, drafting triangles, and, well, flat stuff. The dovetail detail is the top shelf next to the Soss hinges. As I recall, that was a pain in the patootie to figure out how to do. All I had was a Sears router, some cheap bits, and a 6’ wallpaper straightedge. I like these hinges although I should have used four, not three. The bookmatched doors are from a piece of 1/4” oak plywood that just happen to work out fine.
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