The Twins

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Project by GrumpaJeff posted 01-12-2011 09:16 PM 2616 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed dedicated cabinets for these two tools and choose to build my own. To be honest I did sort of rip off Bench Dog by taking rough measurements at the Rockler store for the router cabinet. The miter saw was my own thoughts. Each is 3/4” cherry ply with Zebra wood drawer fronts. All the casework is heavily corner braced to remove wobble. Both are at 35” height to match all the other cabinets and run out extensions in the shop so all the work pieces can be supported during build-up. The router lift and tabletop are Rockler purchases.

The finish on all three piece is General Finish water based poly on the sides, three coats of Tung oil on the door/drawer fronts. The dust port in the center has a high gloss poly to facilitate cleaning and dust extraction.

Some have asked why use exotic woods on my work pieces. The simple answer is it looks good but more importantly it gives me the opportunity to work with and evaluate some of these woods for experience. I am a novice having only ramped up my work product three years ago.

The third cabinet shown is Mahogany that I built for a friend of mine who has a lathe machine and does turnings for my projects. Kind of a trade of talents. As can be seen each case gets a little better in design.

The cost on each cabinet is about $185. One sheet of 3/4” ply, drawer stock and one board of the exotic wood for the drawer fronts plus hardware. Special tops for router table or miter saw are extra.

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 09:20 PM

Well done again and a good strategy for skill building and/or checking out new materials. I wondered what the material on those cabinets was when I checked out your previous posts. That is a lot of zebra wood, not to mention the purple heart in the bench. How about a lignum vitea mitre saw work station?

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 09:41 PM

Big fan of zebra wood. You will definitely enjoy the storage and organization for a long time to come. Great job.

-- Wilton, Phoenixville PA

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 09:59 PM

Nicely done – if you get sick of them in the shop – push em in the living room! They look like fine furniture!


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 10:26 PM

Good job I like that you spent the extra time to make sure the grain flowed through the faces.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 10:56 PM

Great additions!! Unique pieces are the reason this site is soooo great!

-- GX

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 11:28 PM

When I saw this I said to myself…”Surely that isn’t Zebra!” But it l looks great. I cut some Zebra last weekend for the first time…man it smells!

Great job!


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 12:11 AM

That is awesome looking…you almost hate to get sawdust on it. Lining up the grain flow looks great too.

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 12:20 AM

All you need now is a cocktail trolley to complete the set!. Love it.

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Kent Shepherd

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#9 posted 01-13-2011 12:53 AM

Awesome cabinets!!!!!!!
I thought I was the only one using exotics for shop stuff

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#10 posted 01-13-2011 02:19 AM

very nice, i bet giving berth to those twins was the best. lol ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 01-13-2011 07:42 PM

They look awesome. You’re gonna have the nicest looking shop around.

-- Russ

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Jiri Parkman

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#12 posted 01-14-2011 11:09 AM

Nice twins.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 01-17-2011 07:01 AM

Bet that was a high price! to pay for tiger wood

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 12:58 AM

very nice… just about to nice to be in the workshop… ol

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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