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Project by Manitario posted 06-10-2012 08:31 PM 5461 views 48 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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JohnMeeley

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 08:47 PM

Very nice wood combo. And you say you stumbled upon it because you ran out? Nice recovery.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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venicewoodworker

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 08:51 PM

Very nice!!!

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 08:56 PM

Wow very nice, made one similar but out of birch ply. I love your wood selection, the proud box joints, and the way you store your saws. Do you have a close up of the saw holder? How esay is it to reach the middle saw?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 08:59 PM

great looking cabinet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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dpow

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 09:05 PM

Looks great, Rob. It appears you have a little bit of room left to grow the collection. You have a cabinet that will serve you well for a log time. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 09:32 PM

Hi Rob;

You did an excellent job on this. It’s beautiful.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Manitario

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 10:06 PM

Thanks guys! Mauricio, I have your cabinet favourited, it was one of the cabinets I drew inspiration from. Here’s a few close up pics of the saw holder:

The saws slide out fairly easy. I made a few of the traditional saw holders that the handle fits around, but quickly realized that my small saw collection would take up the entire side of the cabinet. This holder uses the space more efficiently and allows me room to add a few more saws in the future.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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ShaneA

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 10:07 PM

Sweet looking cabinet and tool collection. Gotta feel good to have it done.

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jjw5858

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 11:30 PM

Really nice cabinet! Awesome job on this, love the Walnut and Cherry contrast. Great looking collection as well, enjoy it!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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Skylark53

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#10 posted 06-10-2012 11:38 PM

Beautifully done. This should make you smile each time you step into your shop.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 12:45 AM

Nicely done. Something you can show off to anyone and be proud of it.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 02:47 AM

Nice tool cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 02:55 AM

Thanks Manitorio, I like how you moved the open shelf from the top to the middle.

Is that saw holder as simple as it looks? Are there any magnets in there or anything holding them in or just friction?

I’ve been lazy on my tool holders, I need to get on that. I’m actuall thinking of removing my doors and shelves and putting in a vertical plane till. Mine are pocket hole screws in just in case I wanted to move them later.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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mafe

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 08:50 AM

Wauuuu, what a beautiful cabinet you have made.
I love it, the contrast is perfect and your work with the boxjoints worth the efford.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 06-11-2012 10:23 AM

Wow! You sure did build yourself a fine toolbox and I love the wood you have chosen. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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