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Project by ScottM posted 04-29-2019 06:21 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new hand tool wall cabinet. This is based on the design by the Wood Whisperer. I liked the overall design but changed the materials and dimensions a bit to suit my space and needs.

This is made from several different species. The top and bottom are double thickness 3/4” birch ply from the big box. I had initially planned on leaving the plywood edges exposed but when I cut the bevels on them there were just too many voids and weird things in there so I covered the edges with some scraps of Goncolo Alves. Resawed it down to about 1/8” and glued that to the edges. The end and center panels are Red Gum. First time using this and I really like the look this stuff.

The doors are 1/2” birch ply in a rabbet of the frames which is some left over Jatoba. The corners are reinforced
with dovetail splines. Made a jig to cut these based on King’s video. They came out nice, but the splines just take too long to get fitted right. They are hung using piano hinge and held closed with rare earth magnets. The left door hinge needs a little adjusting…

There are two adjustable shelves with notches in the bottom that fit over the pins to keep me from sliding them out to easily. I also added a single drawer to to bottom. It is made from that same 1/2” ply and faced with some left over Sapele.

I made the drawer and door pulls from Red Gum and attached them with dowels. I think they came out pretty good. It’s finished with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal semi gloss and hangs on the wall with a french cleat.

My wife wanted to put it in the house but I told her that if we did that, I would still put tools in it so she gave in. Now I can get my tools off that god awful peg board on the end of my cabinets. Once I make hangers for them…. It never ends!





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#1 posted 04-29-2019 06:29 PM

Looks good. Anything the wife wants to put in the house is a success!

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#2 posted 04-29-2019 07:20 PM



Looks good. Anything the wife wants to put in the house is a success!

- Ocelot

Thanks. She said that too about my router table. I said, “what about the dust?” and she caved…

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#3 posted 04-30-2019 12:52 AM

Nice work Scott! Those matching doors look good too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 04-30-2019 01:19 AM

A nice design with great workmanship and wood choices.

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

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#5 posted 04-30-2019 12:30 PM



Nice work Scott! Those matching doors look good too!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks Tony. It took a little while before I even noticed that. We spent hours at HD going through the plywood stacks. Such crappy wood.

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#6 posted 04-30-2019 12:41 PM

“The doors are 1/2” birch ply in a rabbet of the frames”

Until I read that I just assumed you had resawn a piece of something wide, to get what looks to be a bookmatch. Is that from sequential sheets of plywood? Or is it just a long pattern you cut through the middle of which looked very similar on both ends?

If not A or B, please fill in the blanks on how you got the doors to look matched like they are? Resawn plywood??

O I C. Went through sheets of plywood. I had started this yesterday, and the above comment wasn’t there yet…... I had walked away, and left the browser window open when I cooked dinner for us last night, and didn’t notice it later when I came back, and posted.

I have a friend who works Red Gum quite a bit, and every piece looks different from the others. I see Alder listed here as it can look like anything wood. My thought is Gum already had that title. I know what my friend makes are all wonderful pieces.

Nice tool chest. You do know you need to make a wall hanger for your Wife now. Once they lay claim, usually you’ll get no rest until….

Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 04-30-2019 01:19 PM



“The doors are 1/2” birch ply in a rabbet of the frames”

Until I read that I just assumed you had resawn a piece of something wide, to get what looks to be a bookmatch. Is that from sequential sheets of plywood? Or is it just a long pattern you cut through the middle of which looked very similar on both ends?

If not A or B, please fill in the blanks on how you got the doors to look matched like they are? Resawn plywood??

O I C. Went through sheets of plywood. I had started this yesterday, and the above comment wasn t there yet…... I had walked away, and left the browser window open when I cooked dinner for us last night, and didn t notice it later when I came back, and posted.

I have a friend who works Red Gum quite a bit, and every piece looks different from the others. I see Alder listed here as it can look like anything wood. My thought is Gum already had that title. I know what my friend makes are all wonderful pieces.

Nice tool chest. You do know you need to make a wall hanger for your Wife now. Once they lay claim, usually you ll get no rest until….

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN

Thanks Steve. This will probably be more info than you wanted, but, like I mentioned, we sorted through loads of plywood at HD. As we were going through it, all of the defects were all lining up from sheet to sheet until they finally got so small they disappeared. So all of that veneer was cut from the same tree. I thought it strange that the stack had stayed together.

But that was really it. The 4×8 sheet was crosscut long and then each door panel was ripped and trimmed to fit from that. Nothing fancy; just how the veneer was cut from the tree and how it was glued down.

My lumber yard posts some projects that people make from their stock and I saw one from Red Gum. I had never seen it before so I decided to try it out. When it’s rough and dirty it is very hard to see the grain but I really like the color and grain patterns in it. Works pretty easy too.

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#8 posted 04-30-2019 09:29 PM

Nice look. I like it.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 05-01-2019 11:30 AM

Very nice and representative!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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