Measure 2x, Cut 1x & Still PUNT!

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 03-25-2012 11:56 PM 3257 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After investing time to design, construct, finish and finally assemble a cabinet for my tools, imagine the surprise to find out that the carefully designed and crafted dovetail drawers I had built to hold my Systainers were 1” too narrow—the container which was supposed to fit inside the drawer, rested on the top of the ½” sides. Not only were the drawers too narrow, but the actual cabinet opening was 1” too narrow. It was either pitch the project or figure out a way to salvage it.

The original idea had been to house five Systainers on each of the two sides, but by redesigning the drawers to accommodate the container by holding it on its edges (Photos 3 & 4), four Systainers could be housed on each side. The drawers were reduced on the sides, ¼” plywood was added to the outside of each drawer side to eliminate lateral movement (Photo 5), and an insert was built to better support the bottom of each Systainer (Photo 6).

The solution may have been a “Hail Mary” play, but it got the project over the goal line. In fact, if you didn’t know it was a mistake, you could almost believe the cabinet had been designed as finally built.

Thanks for looking.

P.S. The drawers at the bottom were to hold vacuum bags, extra hoses and miscellaneous accessories. However, they currently contain various router jigs for other projects.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Andy Panko

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 11:58 PM

I don’t know what I’m more envious of – the craftsmanship of the project or the awesome collection of Festool toys…

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 01:15 AM

The ability to fix a mistake and no one know it put you my friend is what keeps mere mortals from doing great wood working. The cabinet looks great and sorry that it’s now exactly as you wanted. Cheers.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 05:53 AM

Very Nice Project!!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 11:41 AM

Your storage cabinet puts my overpriced, flimsy, mdf, big box store cabinets to shame. Someday I hope to have the time to make works of art to store all of my woodworking toys in style like this.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 04:50 PM

What a great job. This has happened to me more than I would like to admit. Your recovery is outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 11:02 PM

These look much nicer than the pricey cabinets. Nice workmanship on all your projects…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 02:04 AM

beautiful! and yes, the festool boxes are making me jealous

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 11:15 PM

Great project! I was looking at the sysports and this seems to be a great and more customizable alternative.

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 08:27 PM

John, just goest to show we all can make mistakes, “the best laid plans o mice and men aft gang aglay”

The skill of the craftsman is his ability to overcome and disguise the mistake. Looks like you hold the title of craftsman my friend.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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