Tool Cabinet Build #23: Making Trim for the Drawers...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 06-19-2015 02:33 AM 2456 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took some time today to experiment with making some trim for the drawers. All in all I’d call it an unqualified success.

I started out with maple but the figured grain was not wanting to cooperate with my #45 at all (or the other way around.. not sure) so I decided to see how Sapele would look on them.

First task was to shape the trim. I went with a simple 3 bead design made by using a beading blade that was 1/3 the size of the trim. The first and second cuts were perched right on the edges which establishes the outer grooves for the middle bead keeping the 3 evenly spaced.

A word of warning.. when cutting the center bead you need to fully raise the blade and slowly lower it until it just barely cuts and slowly lower it 1/2 turn as you complete the bead. Since the grooves are already established if you don’t raise the blade you will be making a VERY deep initial cut that will likely lead to tearout. Ask me how I found this out lol..

Anyhoo.. Next step was to mark how tall I needed the trim to be and rip it from the rest of the board. I did this on my band saw and then planed it flat to the line.

Then I got to work cutting and fitting it. I ended up getting 2 drawers done today. I should have all 5 done this weekend.

I also need to decide on a pull style.. I think the Tape pulls are a bit “high brow” for a tool cabinet lol.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 03:24 AM

This is looking really good and giving me some ideas for my own tool cabinet… which is already built but some of your ideas have spurred me into thinking that I should rebuild parts of mine to incorporate some of what you’ve done. Thanks so much!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 05:07 AM

That’s a snappy detail. I like it.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 06:06 AM

Nice job Eric. I can’t wait to see it with a finish on it.

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

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 10:43 AM

Yes sir, snappy indeed!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 01:46 PM

You’ll need some nice pulls to compliment the grand woodworking.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 03:08 PM

I think the Tape pulls are a bit “high brow” for a tool cabinet lol.” You should at least go with new bailing wire.

That looks great Eric.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 04:15 PM

Uh huh, that is the stuff….! Dig it.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 06-19-2015 04:36 PM

That really dresses those drawers up.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 06-20-2015 01:26 PM

Hi Eric, I’ve not had the chance to go through all of your series in this blog yet but I’m also working on tool and sand paper cabinets, you mentioned you rent and everything needs to be mobile, have you looked into French cleat system for hanging your cabinets on the wall?

That’s what I’m doing that way I can move the cabinets to any wall I want when ever I want.

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 11:56 AM

I like that lil truck in the background of pic one. OH, and nice trim

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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