|Project by Manitario||posted 06-10-2012 08:31 PM||5675 views||48 times favorited||41 comments|
This has been my ongoing project for the past 4 months. It’s kind of nice to finally have enough hand tools to justify building a cabinet for them! The cabinet is a combination of several different plans/designs from ww magazines, and what I’ve seen some of my fellow LJ’s build. It was important to have enough room for my growing plane collection, but also room to grow my collection of “other” hand tools. The cabinet is solid walnut and cherry, with exception of the back which is 3/4 walnut ply. Initially the whole cabinet was going to be solid walnut, but partway through making the carcase I ran out of walnut and decided to use cherry as a contrast. I’m glad that I went with this combo; it is sure a pleasure using walnut and cherry! It was a difficult to decide what joint to use to attach the sides to the top and bottom of the carcase. Dovetails would have looked classy, however I don’t own a dovetail jig, nor possess the skills yet to attempt them by hand. I came very close to buying a dovetail jig, but I just couldn’t afford the jig I wanted (a Leigh jig), and didn’t want to buy something cheaper that I’d only use for this cabinet. As you can see, I went with box joints that I purposely made slightly proud and then beveled the edges. This was over 1000 edges to bevel! I realized that if I would have had any competency with dovetails, it would have been way quicker to cut them by hand than to do all of the box joints. Assembly was not fun. Dry fitting the carcase and the shelves was perfect; somehow though once the glue was applied the shelves decided not to fit properly…result was 4 square corners on the carcase but the sides bow out slightly where the shelves bind…in hindsight it would have been easier to glue up the carcase and then fit the shelves in after… Finish is several coats of danish oil with several coats of wipe on poly on top. Final comment is that it is a heavy SOB! My wife and I just barely were able to carry it from my bench to wall.
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