Roll Around Tool Cabinet

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Project by HappyHowie posted 04-12-2017 04:07 AM 1739 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I completed my Roll Around Tool Cabinet project.

This cabinet was made from a Woodsmith plan I had located and considered building over a year ago. There were a few features and construction methods that I changed in my build. This project was a great learning experience for me.

Woodsmith painted their cabinet. I decided to use a TransTint dye recipe that I found in a Charles Neil Custom Color recipe book I had purchased from his woodworking site. I built this project from simple materials of poplar hardwood as well as maple and Baltic Birch plywood. The mahogany looking dye really made my cabinet look like it was made from more expensive hardwoods. If I had not put casters on this cabinet, it could have easily gone into my master bedroom and would have fit in nicely with my bedroom furniture. That was not the intent of using dye. I simply wanted to test my skill set of using dye recipes in my projects. The result I got was a great experience.

I won’t be hesitant in using these cheaper, “paint only” graded hardwoods for fine furniture projects with my future projects because of the positive results I got with this dye recipe.

I have plenty of storage room to grow within this tool cabinet. The accessibility I gained is tremendous. Now I can simply wheel this cabinet close to my workbench or assembly table so I can easily select the tool needed. When done I can park this cabinet out of the way into a close quarter.

I will be organizing my shop now around this cabinet . I believe I will gain back a lot of wall space by the time I am done.

Also I must thank all of those members here on Lumberjocks who have given me support on in this build. I appreciate all the great advice and encouragement I receive from this membership. Thank you.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 12:30 PM

That’s AWESOME Howie! Going on my favorites for sure. I’ve read some of your blog and will read the rest at some point but thank you for documenting this build so thoroughly. I am so glad you decided to use a dye finish instead of painting it. I really hate all my Craftsman and Kennedy toolboxes now though ;-P

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 02:12 PM

This tool cart turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 03:56 PM

Too classy for tool cabinet. It would fit better in my living room. Beautiful classic design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 01:34 AM

Very nice. I built one of these myself, but it’s not as pretty as yours.

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#5 posted 04-13-2017 02:49 AM

Banjo Ben, I logged over to see your tool cabinet. It is well made, like the rest of your projects.

I suspect the only difference between our tool cabinets is the dye I used instead of painting, plus the extra step I took to use Sapele hardwood for my false drawer fronts. That alone kicked up the appeal level of my drawers, I think. I was very satisfied with the drawers I made and how I positioned and fastened the metal slides. These were the best drawers I have ever made and hung. They are sturdy and tightly fitted with their metal slides: just what I was aiming for…

I like the minimal magnetic door catches you used. My local Woodcraft store offered very limited options for me.

I was going to use rough sawn poplar lumber for this project, but because of a bad snow storm I bought 3/4” lumber from my local Lowes. I bought the straightest boards I could find but even with that after milling them flat and square I lost at least 1/16 inches to their thicknesses. If I had bought rough sawn lumber I would have gone for a finished thickness a bit above 3/4 inches. I would have shot for 7/8 if I could have gotten all of my frame parts that thick. I am thinking that would have made my tool cabinet a bit stronger when cutting grooves for the panel parts. I am not regretting what I did. I am just filing away in my memory for the next frame and panel project I might start in the future.

The one thing I would have changed on my project would be the butt hinges I used. I admitted in my blog that I chose this hinge type because I wanted to learn how to fit and fasten them to cabinet doors. There is a lot of literature and instructions on how to install them, but very slim information on how to adjust them for a better closing door. I am still searching for help on this topic or issue.

Something went wrong. I thought I did a good job mortising for the hinges as well as placing them in the mortise. I made sure I used a self-centering drill bit so the screws would be well placed. I am perplexed what I did differently with these three hinges. It only gnaws at me that I didn’t do better and know how to fix or adjust them. Until I get good instructions of how to do this, I am not going to fuss with them cause I think I would only make them worse. I probably will not use butt hinges again for some time. Using and adjusting European hinges on other projects have gone much easier for me.

Live and learn. If we wanted to do things only perfectly, I doubt we would venture far from the worn paths.

I can tell from your posted projects that you enjoy woodworking and have probably been at for a long time. At least your projects demonstrate a great mastery of the craft. So congratulations on jobs well done.

Thank you for your kind comments. Best wishes.

-- --- Happy Howie

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