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Project 2 - rolling tool cabinet

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Project by Richard B posted 11-12-2011 12:37 AM 1392 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second real project, which is a (much needed) tool chest.

This was created about 2 years after the bookcase, during my fourth year of medical school. The carcass is plywood, with dadoes for the drawer blades, which were also plywood. In the third picture you can see I made the blades out of strips of plywood an used a little glue and some pocket holes to join them. In this design the presence of a posterior (rear) horizontal blade for each frame seemed redundant, so I left that out.

The drawers were made with red oak faces. The larger boxes have sides made from 3/8 higher quality ply, and the smaller drawer sides were made from select pine strips I had around. The fourth picture shows the joinery for the drawers, as does the detail in the 6th picture.

The drawer handles (red oak with poplar laminated to the sides) & the drawer faces were finished with tung oil. The cabinet had most of the voids filled then was primed and painted with a couple coats of white enamel.

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 12:47 AM

Richard, this is a very nice tool chest. Hey, I just noticed that you are from Alabama. That means we’re practically neighbors because I’m from Georgia. Of course we call it Jawgah over here. Hey, you should post more often. Nice work.

BTW, that ol Crimson Tide sure is a helluva team. My team is Gawjah Tek. Man we gave ‘em a run for their money last night. I reckon we came up short last night though. Hey you can’t win ‘em all though. At
least most of ‘em can’t. You’ll enjoy that tool chest for a long time and it is a wonderful addition to your shop sooooo be proud of it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 12:47 AM

good fit on the drawer faces, nice job overall

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Richard B

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 06:16 PM

Thanks for the comments. The drawer faces were a challenge for me, and required a fair amount of adjustments using sand paper and hand planes to tweak the faces as well as the drawer sides. Nothing is ever as square as you want it to be… Fortunately my work is improving with each project.

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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