Shop Remodel #39: What's Behind Door #1

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 01-27-2016 02:14 AM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 38: Two Month Anniversary Part 39 of Shop Remodel series Part 40: Putting On The Ritz »

I managed to get the right door of my tool cabinet fitted with its’ selection of tools. I decided to make the right side the cutting and shaping side. The saw till occupies that area so it seems appropriate.

I started with holders for my most used dovetail and carcass saw. One has a carved handle and one does not so I built the holders respectively. I used leaves to hold the saws in place once in.

Next I moved on the Japanese saws, which to be honest plagued me and they are not yet complete. I tried three different designs, making each trial out of pine and then tossing them in the scrap bin only to be frustrated by the next trial. Finally I hit upon a way to have one saw slide in from the front and two from the side that made them store very compact, yet easy to get at. I also wanted to build a facade for the face that would resemble a pagoda and my first attempts made this idea moot.

I am going to work up a design and run it through my CNC to have some Japanese writing that has a phrase “with many strokes a large tree is felled” like the English version “many strokes fell great oaks”
That idea is very profound to me as I think there is nothing complicated about woodworking, only a tedium of many small tasks to create a grand project.

I then worked to make a holder for my files and rasps. I use these a lot so they had to be close at hand.
I made it a simple affair as you wouldn’t see whatever I made behind the handles. I used some nice curly maple and made the fingers nice enough to look at, but functionality was the key here.

For my carving rasps I made a vertical station that would display them well and keep them very accessible.

For the pegs on the carving panel I used my mortiser again and made the pegs square like my spokeshave holder. It has been used a few times in this cabinet and I like it better that round pegs.
On the bottom shelf of the door I put my handles for my micro planes. I will keep all the heads in one of the drawers. I will have to make a video and/or blog about how I use those bad boys. They can carve wood in a hurry.

So I am pleased withe results so far. There is a little tweaking to do and the Japanese saws still get a cover plate, but I like it.

The left door will be for measuring and marking, with caliper, dividers and the like. It will also have my mallets and chisels. Like I said before I plan on eventually having an eight chisel set so I made a holder to fit that. I have about 45 chisels floating about the shop, but I want nice ones for the cabinet.
So the set that I made with my CNC a while back has been assembled and finished and put in place. And not too soon as I just lost one of the chisel end protectors for my newer set, so it worked out good they could go to a new home.

So that is all I have to share for tonight I think.. Oh wait there was a blog recently by another LJ member. I invite you all to follow along with fatandy2003 as he tackles a guitar build; . Reading it got me thinking about my old hobby. I had started playing around with lutherie years ago, but moving and life and bugs put a temporary stop to it. I really enjoyed it and it is a very precise and beautiful aspect of woodworking. So I pulled out my tub-O-stuff that I had stored away and started rummaging thru it. I think I would like to get back at it if time permits. I know I am going to be very busy this summer but I had a good beginning for a few guitars. I had Koa and Myrtle and walnut all ready to go. Take a look.

I am hoping to be done with the remodel by the end of next week, it will bring an end to the blog for a time, but I will pick it back up when I start the plane till. In the mean time I am sure I will have something else to yap about. TTFN

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 02:29 AM

BOOM!! Mind blown! That is awesome Brian!

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

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 02:35 AM

Brian, you never cease to amaze me with your ideas and workmanship.

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 02:46 AM


You have an incredible shop! All that figured wood is overwhelming. You work is incredible as well.


-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 03:04 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 06:27 AM

Progress, beautiful progress. What is it that you favor about the square pegs over the round, Brian?

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 06:37 AM

This is right up there with the invention of light sabers.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 08:35 AM

You sure are moving fast. All that done in only 2 months. Wow

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 11:35 AM

Stupendous ! And I’m with Fridge, wow what a job (and what beautiful tools )

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 01:57 PM

I have to stop reading the posts on this blog—they’re making me very jealous!

Great work, Brian. Always fun to see what you’ve come up with.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 04:00 PM

Everything you show in your blog looks so fine and so easy to do like it gets shaped by itself…

Such a pleasure to watch your work in progress.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 04:51 PM

Wow, more eye candy for us Lumberjocks, thanks!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#12 posted 01-27-2016 11:25 PM

Brian, you have crossed the line. You no longer have a woodworking shop, you have a bloomin’ woodworking shrine! It is all very inspirational for the mere mortals.

-- Art

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#13 posted 01-27-2016 11:54 PM

^^^What Art said ;) Looks like A sample of all you’re abilities rolled into a functional cohesion. Super!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 01-27-2016 11:54 PM

I rarely like CNC worked things, but that chisel rack is mind blowing.

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

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#15 posted 01-28-2016 12:54 AM

Grassyass amigos and amigets!
Calling it a shrine reminds me of the stand up comedy Tim Allen did with the sacrificial board and the cave man sounds. More Power! Ar Ar Arr!
Just working on the “Tool Cabinet” video and I think it is going to be a fun one. I will let you all know when it comes out.

-- Brian Noel

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