Tool Cabinet #1: Tool Cabinet

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Blog entry by tinnman65 posted 03-12-2009 04:34 AM 6284 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don’t currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24” long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can’t be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.
Sketchup Drawing
When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It’s not the best but I didn’t have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on. Marquetry
Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.tracing
tracing 2
This is the start of one of the sides.startClose to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don’t want to put any sandpaper to it until I’m sure I’m done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.side 1
side 2 I’ve seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I’m just guessing on the process.

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

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#1 posted 03-12-2009 04:44 AM

A great job. Way to make your cabinet very unique and personnel.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 04:48 AM

Hey buddy,

So far so good!

Although that’s what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 04:52 AM

Very impressive start to what looks like a great project, just make sure you fill it up when it’s done!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 05:00 AM

Too cool – Thanks for sending this in!!!!! This is awesome, beautiful colors and wood combos.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 03-12-2009 05:04 AM

Very Inspiring!!!!!!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#6 posted 03-12-2009 06:16 AM

kick ass sea bass!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#7 posted 03-12-2009 01:08 PM

That’s gonna look awesome..!!

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#8 posted 03-12-2009 01:44 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone, you all keep me very motivated!

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 03-12-2009 10:47 PM

It’s coming along very nice Paul,

It looks like you’ve picked up a style of your own,

& it looks real nice. I especially like the way the head looks.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 03-12-2009 11:15 PM

looks great!
depending on the width of the cabinet (to be able to hold a #8) you might want to replace that single door into 2 half doors which will be less awkward to open as they will be smaller in size – just a thought.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 02:50 AM

That is going to be a really nice cabinet. I am impressed! I own a #8 and I have to agree with Purplev about the two half doors. Two feet doesn’t sound like much, but looking at the #8 puts that dimension into a different perspective. I can’t wait to see the cabinet finished.

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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