Octagan storage cabinet

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Project by Carl wade posted 01-08-2014 04:38 PM 2771 views 31 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s time for my first post I,ve been woodworking for over 40 years and always wanted to build an Octagon screw bin cabinet like the old hardware stores had ,I looked every where I could on-line to find the plans with no luck ,We’ve all watched The New Yankee Workshop , Norm goes out finds a piece of furniture measures it and heads back to the shop and creates his own version .So I went to the local hardware and as always he ask what I needed ,Told him paper pencil and tape measure He gave me a funny look and asked what I wanted I told him I was going to measure his cabinet and build one since his was not for sell . So this is my version ,The wood is all recycled from a cabinet door shop from there scrap pile there were always cut offs and reject door panels .The main cabinet is Walnut and the drawer side are Hard Maple the drawer bottoms are 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood that was the only wood I had to purchase along with the knobs . The label holders I planed Hard Maple down to 1/8” and cut them out on the CNC Router with the recess in the back to hold the labels The cabinet is 26” W x 29-1/2” T There are 80 drawers that are 9”w x 8” Dx 2-1/2” T .The pictures I’ve included show the fixture I use to assemble the drawers the picture of the drawer you will see a 1/8”x 3/16” kerf in the back right corner this is to install the drawers and hold them so they don,t fall out, The shelves are 1/4” solid walnut in the front I cut off a underlayment nail 3/8” long predrilled a hole 7/8”back and center on the shelf and pressed the nail in for a drawer stop to remove the drawer slide it to the left and you can remove it the finish on the cabinet is Danish Oil and two coats of natural Danish Oil& took 120 hrs. To build this I gave it to my wife for Christmas This year . She was Pleased or the contest it has to do with something Walnut it will make great storage each drawer will hold about 1-1/2 Lbs of Walnuts can you see how many Brownies and Fudge they will make .

The frugal woodworker

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:06 PM

Very Cool !!!

Take a Picture back to the Shop Owner to show off !!!

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 05:33 PM

That is awesome! I might have to try and make my own some day. Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 06:03 PM

Very nicely designed and built.

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 06:58 PM

Wow! Your patience with “not 90*” angles is far superior to mine! :-)

Very nice!

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 07:58 PM

This is on my short list of projects! You did an outstanding job! There’s another fellow on OWWM who made one as well.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 08:58 PM

Great job, I’m not sure I could muster the patience to make that.

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 09:10 PM

Wow, uutstanding work! I’m with the others on the part of your patience, both on the angles and the number of parts needed for this.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 09:15 PM

Yes, I like this a lot. I keep going back and forth between having some nail.screw storage system, and keeping them in their retail boxes in a drawer. But if I had one of these, problem solved. Very nice, I’m going to favorite this for sure.

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 09:41 PM

Wow, this is one box that will not be shared with my wife!

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 09:45 PM

I saw one of these cabinets in an antique shop recently. It was selling for way more than I was paying. Something like this would make much more sense than the system that I am using currently for parts organization. Very cool project.


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#11 posted 01-09-2014 12:47 AM

I want to go to the hardware store you shop at.


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#12 posted 01-09-2014 01:13 AM

If you spin it fast, will all the drawers fly out?


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#13 posted 01-09-2014 01:16 AM

Awesome job. Look forward to your future posts!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 01:20 AM

Great project! That IS a lot of drawers.

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 02:19 AM

Damn… that looks like a lot of work. Great though… simply wonderful.

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