|Project by DHS||posted 01-25-2013 07:59 PM||8724 views||33 times favorited||26 comments|
Most of my hand tools are older than I am. But, I recently started to acquire some relatively new and shiny tools. My garage shop is a little damp and I built this cabinet in an attempt to keep those tools shiny. It was also a chance for me to put to use some hand-tool skills I’ve been practicing.
The cabinet is made from red oak. The drawer fronts are built from a single piece of English walnut that I picked up at a local lumber retailer after noting that it was just wide enough to span the width of the drawers. The drawer sides and back are maple. I dovetailed the corners of the cabinet and the drawers (my first attempt at dovetailing a project by hand after practicing on scrap wood for a few months). The shelves fit into stopped dados, also cut by hand. (Cutting them was fun.) The top shelf is fixed, but I drilled holes for shelf pins in the center section so that I can rearrange the shelves as my tool collection grows, assuming I behave myself and make Santa’s “good’ list next year. I finished the cabinet with a wiping varnish (3:2:1 mineral spirits, polyurethane, BLO). I like this finish because it is easy to apply and is pretty durable but it doesn’t look too much like plastic.
The first two photos show the cabinet assembled on my utility/assembly bench. The collage of photos shows some of the joinery in progress. The last couple of photos show the cabinet installed on the wall of the shop near my woodworking bench. In the first and second photos you can see a little green container stuck to the vertical divider. This is a VCI emitter that I purchased from Lee Valley. It emits volatile corrosion inhibitors that are supposed to diffuse throughout the cabinet, adhere to the metal surfaces of my tools and prevent oxidation. The manufacturers don’t specify what chemicals are wafting around my cabinet. But I am sure they are safe, harmless, healthy antioxidants (like Vitamin C?), keeping my tools healthy and shiny for years to come. Assuming, of course, I remember to put them back in the cabinet when I’m finished using them.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA