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StumpyNubs

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01-19-2012 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question oak jig

I’m building the ULTIMATE tool cabinet. Well… I hope it will be. I originally started this thread to get ideas from the LJ community, and this is what I cam up with… LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK…

First, it is pretty large, over 4 feet wide, 12 inches deep and almost 3 feet tall when it’s closed. It can mount on a wall, stand on some legs, or in my case, it will sit on a bench. It will be made of solid oak.

Besides the six lower drawers, it has a series of swing outs behind the two main cabinet doors. It also holds a complete set of basic planes (#3-#8, various block and smaller planes).

Behind the doors are slots for a double row of chisels, screw drivers, etc (right above the drawers). Then there are a pair of double sided swing-outs that can hold a large variety of small tools. These swing-outs are behind both drawers, holding a total of eight layers of tools. In the photos below only one side is shown opened completely.

It can hold a huge amount of tools, much more that the typical cabinet of it’s size can. The design was also created for another reason, it forces me to use a variety of skills including three types of dovetails, raides panels, various dados, etc. I plan on building it over the next three months on Blue Collar Woodworking documenting it step by step. Then I will also make plans available to those who want to make one for their own shop. Hope you keep tuned in!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com


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404 - Not Found

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 01:16 AM

Sounds good Stumpy, but you will never get that out of a tubafore.

Things I might consider are putting casters on it, having it fold into itself, or tambour doors to keep dust/overspray out.

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 01:16 AM

I’ll start it off with a selection of backsaws.

2×14” or 16” Tenon saws, one rip, one crosscut. 4” depth of cut.
2×12” carcass saws, one rip, one crosscut. 3” depth of cut.
Dovetail saw.

Also, a couple of coping saws, a flushcut saw and throw in a keyhole saw why don’t ya.

I’d leave rip, half rip, hand saws and panel saws out of it and put them in a separate saw till near your saw bench.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 01:47 AM

Gonna have to rearrange the shop again…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 01:48 AM

Renners- Nope. this is going to be an heirloom. I’m thinking oak. I think I may make it wothout doors. I like to display my hand tools.

I was thinking the same thing about the saws. Thanks Brit!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 02:04 AM

I say you NEED/MUST include ALL your toys, I mean prized possessions. To save “Space”, you just need to make it fold in on itself like George Jetson’s personal spacecraft folds into a briefcase!!! That way you could actually put everything in your shop into it and bring it any/everywhere you go! Obviously, of course you would need an “Anti Gravity” devise, in order to carry it.
Just my twisted thoughts!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 02:09 AM

I’ll check with Mr. Spacely about that!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 02:54 AM

I would want calipers, pliers,chisels,squares,screwdrivers,tape measures,candy,beer cooler,hammers,cordless drill w/bit storage.beer. I’m getting thirsty.Your going to need a bigger tool cabinet.

-- New Auburn,WI

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 03:59 AM

... BUT, then you will have to figure out a place to put it!

...plus it will be harder to remember what is where… LOL

Out of a 2×4 too… Yes? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 04:10 AM

Well, I suppose it all depends on the tools you have. In my case it wouldnt be a large cabinet at all. Looking forward to the video series of this project Stumpy.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 04:11 AM

I thought you said you were going to build a GIANT tool cabinet, the ULTIMATE tool box? Why not keep ALL your tools in it then?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#11 posted 01-19-2012 04:13 AM

lol this is easier, lol and tomorrow it will be $149.99 and I have a 20% off coupon you can have lol

http://www.harborfreight.com/11-drawer-roller-cabinet-67421.html?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0312b&utm_source=1002

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#12 posted 01-19-2012 04:53 AM

How about this one.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#13 posted 01-19-2012 05:45 AM

Mebee two or tree tubebafors-thet auta do ‘er jes fine!!
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#14 posted 01-19-2012 05:59 AM

I would try to incorperate something for sharpening stones. Maybe a drawer with water stones in it or even a drawer with oil stones if they are what you use and you can fix them in place and use them right there. You MIGHT be able to fabricate some with a water stone drawer to, maybe keeping a rubbermade container with submerged stones inside it.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#15 posted 01-19-2012 06:08 AM

I would make doors that can lift up and slide in like a barrister book case if you don’t like regular doors. Long term exposure to some types of saw dust and humidity can be corrosive to metal tools like old planes and all the open spaces will steadily build up dust if they aren’t closed when not in use.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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