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Blog series by exelectrician updated 11-21-2014 02:01 AM 8 parts 36385 reads 58 comments total

Part 1: Building a wall hanging tool cabinet #1

10-02-2014 08:05 PM by exelectrician | 3 comments »

I received a set of Stanley 750 chisels from my wife for my birthday months ago and decided that they and my planes needed a place that was easy to get to and easy on the eye.Pictures are worth more than a thousand words. I started with the plane till so I could get a general idea of the size of the cabinet.Then using No3 (third grade cherry) boards planed down to 820 thou I edge joined using biscuits narrow boards to get up to over 9 1/2” wide, after joining the boards I planed the ...

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Part 2: Tool cabinet #2

10-03-2014 05:25 AM by exelectrician | 6 comments »

With the door frames mitered and dove tailed I used my raised panel bits to make a frame. I wanted a deep stile on the top and bottom to resist sagging of the doors with all the tools in them. The less than perfect cherry I got dirt cheap came with knots, and one was right where I did not want it, what to do? I decided to try and do a curved top cutting out the offending knot, not really knowing how this adventure was going to turn out. Whew!! all okay. Bear in mind this is the second and th...

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Part 3: Tool cabinet #3

10-04-2014 05:21 AM by exelectrician | 4 comments »

Moving on, the hinge mortises are marked and chiseled using my new Stanley sweetheart 750 chisels. The original countersink needed enlarging to take the steel screws after I broke two brass screws in my test piece – Decided that steel was stronger than brass. And now for the first time the doors are on!

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Part 4: Hanging tool cabinet #4:

10-12-2014 04:09 AM by exelectrician | 10 comments »

Starting at the bottom I decided on three drawers, here are the parts for one drawer And the finished drawers in the cabinet. For the pulls, I used ebony piano keys cut down, drilled and tapped, and fastened with 6-24 screws. To create a chisel till, I decided to use double roller catches repurposed, to hold the chisels firmly in place on my door. Here I am screwing on the catches and next pic, the finished product – I am happy so far… Checking to see If the door clears ...

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Part 5: Tool cabinet #5:

10-19-2014 02:55 AM by exelectrician | 9 comments »

Put on two coats of Deft semigloss, then made drawer pulls and door handles from recycled ebony piano keys, added an interior baltic birch panel and the most important thing, I got The cabinet mounted on the wall. The moulded edge was masked off and two coats of stain applied prior to gluing the door frame, now that the surrounding parts are finished, the color difference is hardly noticeable, my experiment worked kinda, oh well…Still have a load of decisions to make to figure ou...

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Part 6: #6

10-29-2014 04:48 AM by exelectrician | 6 comments »

Got another coat of Deft on and reorganized the interior tool placement Opening the interior panel reveals my mostly metalworking tools, a thin strip jig for the T/Saw, ancient bit brace, etc., With the panel closed which I think I will be using most. I hope to have my every day tools close at hand, I still have about a square foot and a half of space to allocate to about 16 more tools I use all the time. The detail of my modified marking gauge, this puppy won’t roll off my be...

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Part 7: tool cabinet #7:

11-15-2014 05:54 AM by exelectrician | 14 comments »

The tool cabinet is finally done after 2 months! A lot of of fine tuning where the ‘every day’ stuff was to go in the right hand door, and now I think it is done. Hand cut miters on keller jig DT’sWith the door closed everything fits ‘just so’.A big thank you for all the LJ’s who have helped me and inspired me to raise the bar and try harder. Thanks for looking.

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Part 8: Roller catch details #8

11-21-2014 02:01 AM by exelectrician | 6 comments »

Thanks to a few requests from fellow LJ’s terryR, Smitty cabinetshop, bandit571, CL810, RickM, DocSavage45, Brit, Bsmith, chippewafalls, Bogyguy, scarpenter002, MT Stringer, stefang, ToddJB, and Luke, and a whole lot of other great guys,, here are the detailed close-ups of the roller catches repurposed to hold tools.I ended up holding the little devils in my vice while I filed the back mount part as shown here.Some of the tools needed grooves put in to them to make sure they don’t...

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