Cherry Plane and Saw Cabinet

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 07-15-2015 09:52 PM 8661 views 28 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long wanted to build a cabinet for my planes and saws. This cabinet is solid cherry but the door panels, drawer bottoms, and back are birch plywood with cherry veneer. I bought this highly figured veneer from Berkshire Veneer about 10 years ago and have used it on several of my projects, unfortunately this was the end of my stock. The cabinet includes through tenons (not pictured) and proud dovetails, which extend beyond the surface, and the drawers feature blind dovetails. The carcass is made of full width boards that I’ve had for many years. I decided to include a crack in one side and added purple heard butterflies that protrude above the surface like the tenons. I didn’t have any thick purpleheart for the knobs and decided to make a sandwich with the cherry veneer in the middle. The knobs are the opposite of the through tenons at the end of each shelf which are cherry with purpleheart wedges. The various tool holders are custom made to fit each plane, saw, or spokeshave, and I tried to use highly figured bits of cherry for these small pieces. The hinges are from Horton Brasses, I want to give them a plug because they are a Connecticut family company, have great products, and I coincidently met the owner at a local restaurant the day I ordered the hinges. It’s finished with a spit coat of shellac and several coats of Waterlox Original. Any comments are appreciated.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 11:03 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 11:12 PM

Very well done.

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 11:45 PM

Beautiful cabinet. It’s almost to pretty to live in the shop. Love the bow tie’s. Did you use a vacumn press for the panels or did you use weight?

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#4 posted 07-15-2015 11:59 PM

Very nicely done.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 07-16-2015 12:01 AM

Great looking cabinet. I like the way you featured those dovetails & dutchmans on the sides. Really nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 01:28 AM

Superb craftsmanship all around. Never saw bowties left proud before. That is way fancy for “shop furniture”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 05:19 AM

Nice, really like the figurer wood you have used.

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 09:33 AM

wow! now that is shop furniture! beautiful!

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 09:45 AM

Beautiful cabinet! Beautiful Workmanship!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 11:03 AM

I protest!

I know I’m still kind of a novice, but it just doesn’t seem right that your utility cabinet is nicer than my furniture.


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#11 posted 07-16-2015 11:34 AM

what a nice cabinet…so beautiful…thanks for sharing.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#12 posted 07-16-2015 12:25 PM

I too recognized the bow-ties left proud and must comment that I had never seen that before. That is a very nice feature complimenting this piece nicely.
Very well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 07-16-2015 01:35 PM

beautiful piece

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#14 posted 07-16-2015 02:17 PM

Great looking cabinet and great craftsmanship. I wish my shop cabinets looked that nice.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#15 posted 07-16-2015 04:00 PM

The whole thing is great. Nice detail on the bowties. Puts every cabinet in my house let alone the shop to shame.

-- Don, -

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