|Project by LukieB||posted 11-18-2013 05:02 PM||3751 views||24 times favorited||41 comments|
So as many of you know, I have a Stanley Sweetheart fetish. It started with bench planes, moved on to specialty planes, and spiraled out of control from there. (I also love the original decals that came on this era of tools.) I have been working on this cabinet in my head for about 2 years now. And it was time to finally give all these sweet tools a sweet home.
The cabinet is mostly maple. Some plywood, but mostly solid. The only thing that’s not maple is the 1/2 birch ply that makes up the door panels and the back that holds all the planes. I put a veneer on the front side of the door panels. I wanted it to be pretty, and strong. The only 1/2” maple ply I can find around here has an MDF core, and I didn’t think that would hold the screws very well needed for holding the tools on the backside of the door. So birch ply and veneer it was. The only raw wood veneer I could find wide enough not have to deal with seams was this curly piece…..so curly maple it was. With the birch and the veneer, it still ended up costing me less that the sheet of 1/2 maple ply I looked at at Sears Trostel.
It’s 43”x 30” x 13” overall. The back is pitched at 15 degrees, which is what my bench plane til was done at. Even at that angle, and with their little custom holders, I was still concerned about tools falling out. Making that angle any flatter was going to result in a lot of wasted space, so rare earth magnets were my solution for some of the tools.
The cabinet is mostly put together with pocket screws. Dovetails were what I really wanted, but time was kind of an issue on this, cause I should be doing other things, and they’re fast and strong.
Doors are hung with piano hinge. It was kind of a bitch to get them hanging the way I wanted, the doors are very heavy.
This ended up taking way longer than I thought it would. I spent a lot of time working on all the little custom tool holders, and trying to pack in as much as possible in the space I had. It’s mounted to the wall via french cleats. I can’t tell you what it weighs full of tools, but I can tell you it’s a lot
Like I said, I have a bit of a sweetheart obsession. Just about every tool in here has the heart stamped on it. There’s just something about this era of Stanley tools that I love. “The roaring twenties”, Stanley had made most of the advancements and improvements that they were going to make…and the quality of everything was yet to be affected by the depression or WWII.
So here’s a few more shots of the collection….
The double enders
You may notice there are still a few empty spaces scattered about. There are still a few SW tools on my wish list so I made some space for them. 97, 289, 20, 85, 212, and 164 all have spots reserved. Although the last few of those will probably Lie Nielsen versions….if I ever did have a vintage 164 or 212, I don’t think I could bring myself to use it : } Also room for a full set of chisels….always watching out for everlasting sweethearts, but they’re not real high on the priority list, since they usually go for quite a bit on Ebay and I’ve already got a decent set of users.
Anyway….Thanks for looking. Cheers!
-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"