Walnut Tobacco Cabinet

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Project by Jarmo posted 09-22-2014 03:47 AM 5552 views 27 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally my pipes and pipe tobacco have a home. Not satisfied with keeping my pipes in a cigar box and tobacco containers stacked on a shelf in the basement, I decided to make a cabinet for them. Or possibly I decided I wanted to make this cabinet, which is based on the Chris Schwarz Arts & Crafts tool chest, and then realized it would be great for my pipes. I had planned on making some sort of pipe stand to go on one of the shelves in this cabinet in order to display my nicer pipes, but I’m pretty content with it for now. This is actually my first woodworking project that is not shop furniture or some sort of tool, so I guess all my previous woodworking projects helped me make this one, which is satisfying. I made an infinite number of mistakes building this, and most of them I covered up or fixed. And the rest don’t bother me. The hand-cut dovetails all turned out really nice though, which makes me happy after the tedium of doing them all.

It’s walnut with cherry panels, shelves, and drawer fronts. I used danish oil on everything, including the insides of the drawers, which I’m sure I will smell for years to come. Interestingly the mixed aroma of pipe tobacco and danish oil is very pleasing, and so far my pipes haven’t absorbed any of the danish oil odor/taste.

Next time I make something like this I’ll be sure to actually measure what goes in it and where it will be hung. Some of my tobacco jars don’t fit and it turned out to be too wide to fit between the wainscoting on the wall where I wanted it to go.

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 04:46 AM

I think you did a great job and I like this type of design. Hey at least the bourbon fits with room for at least two more bottles, lol. I am far far away from being any kind of expert, but I will say this, we all started out the same, not knowing anything.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 10:11 AM

Beautiful job!! Can I ask where you got those strap hinges?

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 10:43 AM

The hinges are from Lee Valley, I believe they’re called unequal strap hinges. They took a little pounding and bending for them to allow the doors to close smoothly, and some of the hinge pins wanted to fall out, but all of that was solved fairly easily.

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 10:44 AM

Very nice work.

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 11:44 AM

You did a great job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 11:46 AM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 09-22-2014 01:14 PM


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#8 posted 09-22-2014 01:55 PM

Love this cabinet, and the iron hinges. Great job and welcome to LJs

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#9 posted 09-22-2014 02:18 PM

That looks nice and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#10 posted 09-22-2014 02:29 PM

Great looking cabinet I like the walnut/cherry combo!

Did you say that you referenced actual plans to build this or that you just did it by eye based on the CS design?

What are the overall dimensions of the cabinet? sometimes the scale is hard to tell in pictures.

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 02:43 PM

Nice looking cabinet. Love the walnut and cherry together. The strap hinges give it a really good look.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 03:38 PM

I really, Really, REALLY, like this project . . . and I’m a non smoker! Great style & great choice of wood. WELL DONE!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#13 posted 09-22-2014 04:13 PM

Matt (in Franklin),

I actually bought the Popular Woodworking article where Schwarz makes his cabinet and followed that pretty closely for the techniques, but I scaled it down and changed some of the proportions. His interior is way different and is made to hold hand planes and saws and has tons of small drawers. A friend of mine followed those plans almost exactly and his turned out to be a really nice tool cabinet, so he helped me with a couple details.

Mine is maybe ~30” tall.

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#14 posted 09-22-2014 04:18 PM

Love it! Reminds me of the time I worked at Tinder Box!

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#15 posted 09-22-2014 04:28 PM

Beautiful overall with lovely details and hardware to make it stand out. Yep Jarmo, I too have made the mistake of not accounting for measurements for a project’s intended use and location. So now, I add taking measurements and such of stuff that goes into it during my design process.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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