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Project by billculpepper posted 12-30-2010 09:26 PM 2552 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trying to stay organized. First attempt at a cabinet and first attempt at box joints (note to self: NEVER learn to do box joints in plywood! Built a big box and then cut the top 1/3 off using circular saw and guide. Then split the front to make the two cabinet doors. Mostly made of birch ply. Should have gone thicker but it’s holding up o.k.

Attempted a “French cleat” type of system for the middle and right sections as I wanted the flexibility to move things around. Works well for me. I’m sure I’ll keep tweaking it as the need and time allows. Fun first attempt at cabinet. (Also hung using french cleat).

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 09:37 PM

Nice organization. You’ll enjoy it



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#2 posted 12-30-2010 09:55 PM

Nice work and great practice. I do the same. Keep it up!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 10:13 PM

Bill, you are addicted to wood turning. I spot some serious turning tools in that cabinet. Nice cabinet by the way. Checked out your turning projects too. Nice work.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 10:20 PM

Nice work.
Do I spot some ‘Easy Woodworking Tools’ there?
Care to give an opinion on them versus more traditional turning tools?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 11:02 PM

Thanks Everyone. Don, I took a few classes and felt like I was getting pretty good with the skew, but when I had a chance to try the easywood tool all I can say is, no matter how fine a job I can do with the traditional tools the easy wood tool let’s me do it faster and sometimes it seems like it’s already sanded. As a matter of fact, I feel like I’m “cheating” a bit. The weirdest transition is learning to to keep the tool flat/parallel vs all the angles I learned with the other tools. I’d like to modify my tool rest to make that easier. I do use my roughing gouge to hog off wood and save the easy wood cutter tip, and the cutter size on the easywood tools let you do a lot but not everything, I still use my skews and my parting tools quite a bit. Also, I have two cutters for each tool. One “general purpose” and one “new” for doing that “final finish cut” at higher speeds. To me, it was like going from hammer/nail to an air nailer. Easy, fast, and fewer hit thumbs (aka, “catches”).

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 12:16 AM

Bill, I’m glad you posted these projects today. I’ve also been interested in those easywood tools. Glad to hear you like them. Someday, I hope to add some to my collection. Thanks.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 05:23 PM

Bill, nice job. Now if yours is like mine, putting them back by others after use is the key so that you can find them.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 06:20 AM

Very nice… I could use a little of this type of organization myself.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 07:22 PM

Bill, thanks for the comment – I agree, it DOES feel like cheating, its so easy!
But, as I don’t do a lot of turning, its comforting to be able to get straight at it without worrying about angles, or catching the skew ends.

I’ll probably get a couple more of the set to go with the one I have.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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