|Project by Safetyboy||posted 06-16-2008 03:28 AM||2495 views||9 times favorited||17 comments|
I decided I needed a tool cabinet to combat the rust in my garage shop, especially now that I’ve got a few nice tools. I’ve already used up most of my wall space, so I decided to make one that sat on the back 1/2 of my deep bench. I adapted Chris Schwarz’ design from the back of this book, but didn’t want to spend the time or the $$ to make it out of cherry & maple like he did… so, another great use for the left-over plywood taking up valuable shop space. I also took the chance to test out the homemade box-joint jig from the latest woodworking magazine – chip-out is a mess on those with plywood, but I got it to work okay.
Like most of my projects, it’s a bit of a hodge-podge. I originally planned just to slap some plywood slabs on for doors, but after I build the case I decided I didn’t want to look at that plyood all the time… so I decided to take some left-over maple and build real door frames & use the 1/2 birch ply for panels. Then my spiral router bit broke making the mortices for the doors, so this is my plywood tool cabinet with maple doors with hand-cut mortices.
The chamfers on the doors were inspired by the woodwork we saw in the late 19th-century Garfield House (as in the President) in Mentor, Ohio recently. The left 2 doors are hinged in the middle to fold out the way when open. The drawers on the right side are recessed to make room for the chisel rack.
Now all I need is some more planes & tools to fill up all that empty space!
-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio