Blue Oak Fine Tool Cabinet

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Project by Ken90712 posted 01-10-2011 05:15 PM 4616 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, Thank-you Rob!! ( Tule Peak Lumber ) who sold me this amazing wood a while back.

I started making a cabinet out of oak for the shop for fine tools storage. I wanted to practice with the Sommerfeld Router Bit Kits I bought and had prevoiusly reviewed.

I figured it would be better to practice with a shop cabinet before making the 2 exotic wood cabinets for a wall in the kitchen Blondie wants. The dimensions are 4’ wide, 3’ tall and 6 inches deep. T&G construction and pocket hole face frame. I was running short on red oak, due to a long check in a board for the raised panel. I have 150 board feet of this blue oak so I figured why not use a board or two. Rob had warned me this was some hard wood. Boy was he right. As some of you know, my 2 1/4 Triton caught fire last week.

It has been a week now since HTC said they were sending out another router even allowing me to upgrade to the 3 1/4 Triton. So I have 6 inches left to cut on the 2nd door and I can put the stick and cope rails and stiles together and finish this. Some have requested that they wanted to see what this wood looked like so here it is a little early.

I used Gunstock stain on the red oak cabinet and nothing on the blue oak other than 5 coats of wipe on poly. I filled in all the knot holes with 5 min epoxy the sanded.

Thx for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 05:28 PM

Very Nice!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 05:33 PM

looking good

you are almost ho… er shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 05:34 PM

Mesmerizing piece of wood Ken, just a beaut. I’ve use that” practice phase” a few times myself, Blondies going to caught on soon…lol in the end it all good…have fun…BC

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 05:38 PM

Great job Ken – nice use of grain in the frame. That blue oak is interesting, first time I have heard of it.

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 06:03 PM

That is just gorgeous wood!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 06:05 PM

Hey Ken,
I see that you buy Titebond in Gallon containers. With all the projects you post, you better start buying it in 55Gal.

Nice looking cabinet, buddy.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 06:09 PM

This is going to be a gorgeous addition to your shop. At one time I felt that shop furniture only needed to be functional but, after being on here for awhile, I have come to appreciate seeing shop furniture that looks like…

Of course, you do realize that this cabinet is going to look so good that, even though you have some nice cabinets in your shop, you will probably need to upgrade them to match. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 06:14 PM

Very nice results and a great looking material to work with.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 06:17 PM

Beautiful wood!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 01-10-2011 08:02 PM

Great looking. Good work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 08:55 PM

I’ve never heard of blue oak before. Amazing wood. That is going to be a great cabinet. I hope that you post photos when finished.

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

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#12 posted 01-10-2011 09:08 PM

Wow Ken, that is really fantastic wood. I would almost give my right arm for something like that (then I wouldn’t have to wash dishes anymore). It’s going to be a great looking cabinet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 09:32 PM

That is, like, very groovy…man

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 01-10-2011 09:42 PM

Beautiful timber! Man, I love wood!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 01-10-2011 10:19 PM

Be careful Ken, Momma may like it well enough to kick you out of the shop and move her kitchen out there. That is some kind of wood! Wow!

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