Butternut Open Tool Cabinet

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Project by Kipster posted 03-23-2008 05:49 AM 2551 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tool cabinet I made to sit across from my Sliding Table Saw/Shaper. I used local milled butternut for the cabinet and resawed the butternut in 9” wide pieces at full length and veneered to a 1/4” plywood back board. I had to glue one veneer strip at a time to insure the glue adhered through out the entire strip. It has 9 drawers. I veneered the faces of the drawers with some especialy figured cherry veneer I cut for this project. I am planing to turn some knobs using cherry with ebony laminated in the center. I don’t know how well that will turn out. Comments on this subject would be appriciated.

I threw in a picture of the machine room of my basement shop just for fun.

I hope you enjoy looking as I do making.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#1 posted 03-23-2008 06:15 AM

That is a good looking cabinet Kip. Looks like you have a very nice set up for your shop and some nice equipment.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-23-2008 07:48 AM

Great looking cabinet and shop!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-23-2008 12:40 PM

Hi Kip,

Your cabinet is a wonderful project. It has both form and function- a concept that I am beginning to embrace. I appreciate the shot of your shop as well. That is a nice work area. Seeing other workspaces is a nice perk of being involved with this site.

Thanks for the opportunity to visit your workspace.

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

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 02:16 PM

Hey Kip, thanks for the mini-tour of your shop. You have a nice space there.

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 04:16 PM

I’m envious of all those machines.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 04:24 PM

nice shop. I love working with butternut.. Looks great

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 07:20 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. i enjoyed woeking on this cabinet.


-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 09:33 PM

Great looking shop I must say …..

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#9 posted 05-28-2008 05:12 PM

I’m not sure I like how well organized you are… it’s throwing a really bad light on my shop…

I love the butternut! My best friend has used butternut for decoy carving, burning the feathers (he has a lot more patience than I do) so it has a special spot in my heart. Very cool!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#10 posted 07-02-2008 01:09 AM

Hi Kip,

I’m embarrassed after seeing your superb shop ! Thanks for the comment, you have gotten me motivated to get out and do some work. It’s winter here now and at night the temperature plummets to 59 degree fahrenheit which is much too cold for working.

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#11 posted 08-22-2008 06:14 AM

Yea, let whatch how organized you get. Makes us sloths look bad. (joke) ... BEAUTIFUL CABINET. I really like the grain on the cherry veneer. Thanks for posting!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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