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Blog series by Ron Aylor updated 02-28-2018 12:04 AM 7 parts 14433 reads 97 comments total

Part 1: The Problem

02-15-2018 03:20 PM by Ron Aylor | 16 comments »

The Problem – In my first shop lay-out, I had my bench positioned along a wall under a small window. I had my tool chest at the end of the bench, and pegs and racks for various tools on the wall above, all within easy reach. This was a great set-up for a number of years.  As time went on, I grew tired of constantly have to remove saw dust and shavings from inside my tool chest … so, I decided to move the bench to the middle of the shop for 360° access, and build a tool wall in...

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Part 2: Considerations and Design

02-16-2018 02:32 PM by Ron Aylor | 12 comments »

Considerations and Design –  I want this cabinet to house my molding planes, jack plane, and various pieces of hardware. Currently, I have cans of stain and assorted chemicals all over the shop. I thought this cabinet might be a good way to corral all of these cans onto its top.  But first I need to think about some dimensions. I have 22-1/2” between rafters …  … and 36” from the top of my sharpening station to the wall plate. So my cabinet will have to fit within those dimensions...

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Part 3: And So It Begins

02-17-2018 12:25 AM by Ron Aylor | 5 comments »

And So It Begins -  It was a veritable heatwave in Lilburn today … 75°! I took advantage of the wonderful weather and started roughing out some cabinet parts. I managed to cut and shape the sides …  … and get the horizontals cut. I got a bit carried away with the coping saw …                … but nothing a good filing won’t fix! I was also able to get the dovetails marked.  Before cutting the dovetails, I took the time to dismantle the old racks and pegs.                 Well, I made a ...

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Part 4: I Love Dovetails -

02-18-2018 12:43 AM by Ron Aylor | 9 comments »

I Love Dovetails –  Being quite productive yesterday, getting the parts roughed out and the sides shaped, I was going to give this cabinet a rest until I got back from Alaska, but …  … it didn’t take too long to pack and besides the plane doesn’t take-off until tomorrow afternoon … so, I thought perhaps I’d take some time and cut a dovetail or two …  Two led to four, four led to twenty … once all the tails were cut, and I squared things up with the help of a squa...

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Part 5: Filling In the Shell

02-25-2018 05:10 PM by Ron Aylor | 12 comments »

Filling In the Shell –  Alaska was fantastic! We got to see the Northern Lights, walk with reindeer, go dog sledding, and I had my first Alaskan Icy Bay IPA. I must admit … it was hard coming back to Lilburn.  But come back we did … and after unpacking it didn’t take me too long to get back in the shop and continue work on my mystery cabinet. I used a backsaw to free-hand the shoulders of the dados …  … I chopped out the waste with a chisel, and ...  … cleaned up the ...

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Part 6: Dividers

02-26-2018 09:52 PM by Ron Aylor | 12 comments »

Dividers –  I decided to have twenty drawers in this cabinet to store nails, screws, and various other hardware. Twenty drawers will require three vertical dividers and four horizontal dividers. I decided to tackle the verticals first. I have through dados on the top face of the cabinet bottom and stop dados on the bottom face of the jack plane shelf. As with half-blind dovetails I can only saw so far to form the shoulders of a stopped dado … no problem … I’ll just use the corner ...

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Part 7: Mystery Solved

02-28-2018 12:04 AM by Ron Aylor | 31 comments »

Mystery Solved –  After cutting and fitting the last of the horizontal dividers, I glued everything together and gave this cabinet a few coats of whitewash to match the walls.                 I cut the first row of Ambrosia maple drawer fronts …  … the rest will be cut sequentially from these two boards. I just love the curl. I’ll end this blog here, and post the finished cabinet as a project once I complete the twenty little drawers. Click here for the finished cabinet.  Th...

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