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A Pair of Simple Cabinets

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-29-2019 03:45 AM 1828 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Timeframe: 03-28 Jan 2019

Wood Used: Reclaimed Pine, Hinges and Latch Hardware. Heck, even the Slotted Screws and square nails were second hand…

Galoot Index: 7 on a 10 point scale. Material cut by hand saw and RAS, table saw and band saw. Smoothed and jointed w/ hand planes. Rabbets with the No. 78, smoothing with SW #4 and even the #9 mitre plane. M&T panel doors. Hinges mortised with chisels and #271 router. Hand planed mouldings, top and bottom, and a beading plane for added added door detail.

Cost: $0 for wood, hardware, everything. All salvage.

NARRATIVE

Hello everyone!

The last installment of the extended pair of blog entries (No. 1 Cabinet, and No 2 Cabinet) for this project showed how I got here, so I won’t go into great (repeating) detail. The first build was on a whim, truly a build just to use moulding made with an old plane.

The carcase is nailed together with vintage square nails.

My Dad insisted I make a second, so of course I did. :-)

They are now shop cabinets, installed above the DeWalt RAS. Here’s a Before:

And an After:

They may get brown sides and a clear coat someday for a finish, or all get a milk paint treatment I haven’t decided. I did enjoy the build, and blogging along the way. Please feel free to read those and comment, always appreciate input.

Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -





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Mosquito

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 04:04 AM

I like simple, those work for me. They look good.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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summerfi

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 04:10 AM

A fine addition to Smitty’s shop. They look at home.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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mel52

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 04:39 AM

They may be simple, but are still done nicely. The use of all reclaimed material makes them even better yet. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 04:47 AM

Ya done good Smitty.
They certainly fit in your shop.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 06:17 AM

My shop should be so lucky to have some nice looking cabinets like those. Good job on using reused parts and pieces, they look old and new at the same time.

Good job, thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Andre

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 06:41 AM

I’m thinking rubbed Milk paint finish, Exactly what I need in my shop!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Ivan

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 11:07 AM

They look realy good made of rustic wood. Those twins will look awesome in any space.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Brit

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 11:13 AM

Lovely job Smitty. I painted the cupboard doors in my workshop and I still really like the look, but one of the doors moved a bit after about 6 months so I had to plane a bit off one edge and repaint it. It is always tricky to allow enough in the fit of a door for the layers of paint without it binding afterwards.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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mikeacg

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 11:18 AM

Well done Smitty! Thanks for sharing!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 01-29-2019 01:52 PM

It was serendipity that there were two pairs of matching hinges in my stash, and a pair of latches that I really like that actually found use. So many times I squirrel stuff like that away, only to never use it (yet). This stuff found a great project home and I’m happy.

Based on the projects they came from, the hinges are from 1890 or so (total guess, it was an old jelly cupboard that was too far gone to resurrect), and the latches are mid-century. And I really like the unique latches.

If these stay ‘natural,’ it certainly emphasizes their rustic side. If I prime and (milk) paint, they’ll look much more ‘shaker’ like I think. And that’d be fun too. We’ll see.

Thanks again for all who comment.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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swirt

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#11 posted 01-29-2019 02:43 PM

Nice project, and I love the Galoot index report!

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 01-29-2019 02:47 PM

Thanks Swirt. I realized it’s been awhile since I posted the Index, so there’s a link in the OP above now.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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pottz

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#13 posted 01-29-2019 02:54 PM

great cabinets love the look of that old recyled wood,and your hand tool work is beautiful.i wouldn’t paint them though i think the patina of the old wood is perfect for a wood shop.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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woodcox

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#14 posted 01-29-2019 05:21 PM

Nice work, smitty. That pair will make great shop storage.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 01-29-2019 06:10 PM

Thanks guys, glad you like them. Might have to make the shelves adjustable on No. 1 like I did w/ No. 2!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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