Tool Box for under runout table

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Project by Rob Drown posted 06-28-2008 07:58 AM 4559 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I got a new saw it needed a run out table, under the run-out table was a lot of wasted space and I need more storage so…. I came across some western maple and decided to build a Chest of Drawers/Tool Box. This is the first large furniture project that I have tackled. The drawers are inset half blind dovetails, Rockler jig cut. the drawers run on sub-frames. I hand mortised and tennoned the frames. I tried to get as much experience from the project as possible. It took a lot longer than I thought. I learned a lot.
The trim is a product called burnt birch. They take birch and place it in a kiln @ about 350 degrees F till it turns dark brown. It smells “burnt”. It is a nice brown color but it is very soft, nicks easily and breaks easily. I would not use the stuff again.
The finish is 1/3 Beeswax, 1/3 linseed oil and 1/3 mineral spirits. I like the appearance and “feel”. Glue won’t stick and it is easily repariable.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#1 posted 06-28-2008 11:18 AM

Rob, looks great! In fact, in might also feel right home in a bedroom!

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#2 posted 06-28-2008 11:47 AM

Well done. Not only serving a practical function, but looks real good.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 01:02 PM

Looks amazing…hoping to tackle a project like this someday soon….

thanks for the encouragement, I hope my first turns out as good as yours !!!! Great Job !

-- 'Original Rudge' Muskoka, Cdn

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#4 posted 06-28-2008 01:34 PM

Almost furniture-grade. Looks great!

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#5 posted 06-28-2008 02:04 PM

Nice job Rob, thanks for sharing!

-- Bill, Florida

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#6 posted 06-28-2008 02:38 PM

Beautiful piece, impressive workmanship. Thank you for sharing your craft.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#7 posted 06-28-2008 03:13 PM

Great solution! Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-28-2008 03:20 PM

Hi Rob;

Amazing for your first large project, or even your 100th project.

Very nicely done!


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#9 posted 06-28-2008 03:21 PM

That’s a real beauty, Rob!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-28-2008 04:13 PM

Man that looks really nice, how did you like the Rockler Jig?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Rob Drown

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#11 posted 06-28-2008 05:26 PM

I like the adjustability of the Rockler Jig. The directions are clear and thorough. I wish it clamped tighter. I had pieces move twice.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 06-28-2008 06:02 PM

Great work in converting wasted space into valueable workspace…may it serve you well thought the years thanks for the post…Blkcherry

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#13 posted 06-28-2008 06:51 PM

Thats a nice tool cabinet.

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#14 posted 06-28-2008 08:25 PM

That’s a nice cabinet. Learning on a shop cabinet is a good way to bridge the gap to making other things. You did well. I like the look and I’m sure it provides lots of good storage.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#15 posted 06-29-2008 03:27 AM

Great looking cabinet. Very good for a first.

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