Shop Remodel #11: Mambo #5

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-04-2015 12:02 AM 1678 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Big Build
Today was one of those days where you go two steps forward one and a half steps back, step to the side and scratch your chin and well, yeah it was like that. I managed to get all the compartmental-ism done on the cabinet and it is ready to glue together.

This morning I cut up a piece of ply to roughly the size the door will be and loaded them up with the tools I would like there to see what wouldn’t fit. What was left over would have to go somewhere else. I took a picture of each setup and made a mock-up on photoshop.

I put some tools on the shelves and took a shot.

Then I laid the cabinet on it’s back and shot looking down.

Then viola!

The cubbies on the bottom will all end up with drawers and the top will just be shelving.

I will be gluing it up tomorrow and working on the rail system. I decided to make the cabinet have a modular setup on the back wall so I can change it as needed in the future. It will have two rails with french cleat style hangars to hold any needed tools. The sides will just have hangars attached and I am not sure on the inside of the doors yet.

I was going to start on the plane cabinet after this was done, but I burnt thru my supply of curly maple and all I had left was the piece that will be the panels on the front doors of the tool cabinet. My lumber dealer is three hours away, but thankfully I got a call from them and they are making a delivery to my area on monday and they are graciously bringing me 1 board to finish. What awesome guys!

Thanks for reading.
Have fun woodworking!

I know a lot of you are anxiously waiting the bench build, keep your shorts on, it’s coming! ;)

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 12-04-2015 12:12 AM

its getting hard bro this is like a drama with each episode leaving us hanging in suspense having to wait for more.thanks for the thrill of letting us watch this evolve always a pleasure man gorgeous work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-04-2015 12:37 AM

What Pottz said.. ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 12-04-2015 12:52 AM

Very nice work. Lots of work I may add.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-04-2015 01:01 AM

Yeah … what those first three guys said :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 10:26 AM

Making great progress, despite what you say, Brian. I really like the pivoting handled tool tote in the fourth picture!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 02:00 PM

Thanks you can see more of it here;

-- Brian Noel

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 02:50 PM

Oh, yeah, I like it even more. Lots of great features. Is it poplar and walnut? Very nice, tote, Brian!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 03:37 PM

A nice classic look with elfish/hobbit overtones. You should be proud of your craftwork. I’m sure you’ll have hours of pleasure working in your shop. Great job

- Brian K. Seitz

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 04:06 PM

Elvish/Hobbit overtones, nice thanks ;) Makes me think of the story about the shoemakers elves.

-- Brian Noel

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#10 posted 12-05-2015 04:35 PM

Yeh, looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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