Tool Cabinet

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Project by gpeau posted 06-21-2013 02:47 PM 4707 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool cabinet is made of poplar with maple staves. The case and doors are both joined with finger/box joints. The middle shelves on both doors and the main case have through tenons for strength and all others can be customized or removed. The maple staves were cut out of 12/4 and only the outside staves on each door are glued to the stiles.

I used shellac on the maple staves and poplar shelves and painted the rest of the cabinet with Slate colored Milk Paint, mixed with black to darken it a bit, then a coat of linseed oil to protect it and help match the sheen of the shellac staves and shelves. Next step…buy more tools to fill the shelves.

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 03:00 PM

I like it very much. Very nice looking, flawless craftsmanship and interesting design to make it curved.

This looks so nice that with a few tweaks it could be a piece of furniture, not just a tool cabinet.

I wish my shop was as nice as yours if that picture showing the cabinet is where it is staying.

-- Yves

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 03:50 PM

This is a real nice cabinet and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#3 posted 06-21-2013 03:50 PM

Agree with Yves, unique design and great construction.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 04:07 PM

This is an excellent example of a painted tool cabinet. I love the cooper job and the way you higlighted that by leaving it natural. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 04:12 PM

Great cabinet!! Fantastic design and cool looking finish, makes a great addition to the shop… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 05:12 PM

Beautiful! I also love the coopered aspect of the cabinet.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 06:16 PM

Nice resting place for ones tools very sharp design, very sleek and cool…BC

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 08:38 PM

Looks great,very nice work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 08:49 PM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#10 posted 06-22-2013 12:00 AM

Very nice cabinet…..excellent joinery and craftsmanship….well done. There is still room for more woodworking toys on the doors…:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 06-22-2013 01:43 AM

Very nice!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#12 posted 06-22-2013 02:20 AM

Love it.

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#13 posted 06-22-2013 10:13 AM

You have successfully just changed the design of my cabinets in progress! Very nice design!

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#14 posted 06-22-2013 01:15 PM

Excellent. Great contrast in finish, the dark backing really displays your tools. We would love to see a workshop tour.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#15 posted 06-25-2013 02:06 PM

Great looking tool cabinet. Like the design and the joinery as well as the finish, a great home for more tools.


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