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Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust posted 10-16-2011 06:15 AM 970 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2011 06:15 AM

Hi Lumberjocks,

I have been kicking around some designs of a tool cabinet. I have an idea what I want, but I’m not sure the best approach to design it.

Basically, I want a cabinet to keep hand planes, and chisels, and other hand tools in it. It will be about 24” wide, to accommodate my jointer plane. I really like the idea of having storage for chisels, etc on the door of the cabinet. I believe I have seen the design called “clamshell”. Rather than having just a flat door on the face of the cabinet, the door has a face with a frame around the perimeter of the door that is a couple inches deep, creating enough depth for the tools stored on the door.

I think using a frame and panel for the doors (2 doors about 12” wide) would be a good way to design the doors since I don’t have to worry about movement of the door where it attaches to the frame behind it. The problem is I would really like to go with 2 solid walnut doors without the frame and panel. Then the problem becomes “how do I attach the door to the frame behind it, to allow for movement?

The type of door I want is like the door in this picture. (Of course, not with pegboard)

Your expertise and suggestions are appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 03:41 AM

If I where you I would use plywood and venner the walnut onto the door. This will give you a very stable door and the great look of a solid wood door.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 05:18 AM

Thanks for the reply Al.

I wasn’t planning on getting into veneering on this project, but it is an option. I’ll keep kicking around some designs.

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