Levex Tool Cabinet

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Project by Levex posted 04-13-2015 03:55 AM 2509 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the hanging tool cabinet I built about a year ago. I salvaged the material, red oak, mostly flat sawn, from a an office demo where it had originally been used as window returns. I gathered a healthy stack of boards, all close to 1” thick x 6” wide, in lengths up to 72” long. After running them through my planer I had some decent 3/4” stock to work with.
After the cabinet was assembled I was uncertain how best to outfit it so I built the drawer bank and plane till so that they are not screwed in and are easy to move/remove. This will allow me to reconfigure the cabinet as needed in the future. I’ve made the individual tool holders out of salvaged maple and walnut.
The cabinet is 36” x 36” x 15” deep and hangs off of a french cleat I built into the back. I cut the dovetails with my router and porter cable jig and finished everything with aniline dye and shellac.
Although it’s attractive as many of the ones I’ve seen here on LJ, some of which are works of art, it is sturdy and serves me well. I’m working hard to fill it up. Cheers.

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 06:09 AM

sweet – love those dovtails!

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 06:29 AM

Nice work I like the the color is it stained?

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#3 posted 04-13-2015 09:00 AM

Nice job, plenty of room for more tools.

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#4 posted 04-13-2015 11:26 AM

I like the fact you re-purposed the lumber.
Is the color Dark Walnut ?
My kinda color.
Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 04-13-2015 03:13 PM

Thanks everyone.

About the finish: this was my first try at using an aniline dye, (light french walnut from LV), and I found it worked great. It’s cheap, mixes up with water, and is easy to clean up. I struggled with getting rich enough looking colors with regular stains that seem to sit on top of the wood but found that the dye soaks in and you can easily increase the amount of color by applying additional coats of dye. I sealed it with a couple of coats of zinser shellac.

I’d recommend that dyes are definitely worth looking into.

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#6 posted 04-13-2015 07:22 PM

Great tool cabinet and excellent job on re-purposing the wood. That was a great opportunity for some wonderful wood.

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#7 posted 04-13-2015 08:43 PM

Whee Haww! that’s a beauty. And with room to grow and fill the blank spaces … good planning … I built a plane till for the seven planes I own … Well sure enough, two weeks later I found two more old Stanley Planes at a garage sale that I just could not live another day with out … Now I ‘gotta’ rebuild the till.

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#8 posted 04-13-2015 08:57 PM

Very nicely crafted on a great re-purposing lumber find.

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#9 posted 04-13-2015 10:55 PM

Great looking cabinet and love the fact that its reclaimed lumber.

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 01:07 AM

I like the design.

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#11 posted 04-14-2015 07:27 AM

Very nicely executed Levex, I’m sure you will have fun buying tools to fill her up. Looks great.

Well done.


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#12 posted 04-14-2015 05:11 PM

This is a great cabinet and a nice addition to your shop.

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#13 posted 10-21-2015 03:56 AM

That’s one really nice and useful tool cabinet.

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