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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-11-2019 03:56 AM 1064 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I set up my sled to cut pen blanks and wound up with piles of them which can easily get mixed up. So I made this cabinet with pigeon holes to store them by species. There are 20 compartments that are 5” x 6” so I can store long pieces too if I want to cut them to size at a later date. The cabinet is about 20” x 30” and 2 3/4” deep and it is made out of plywood and pine and totally glued together. I notched all the dividers halfway through on the miter saw. there are 4- 10mm magnets to hold the doors closed and the little knobs are Australian Jarrah wood. It is finished with clear semi gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Andre

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#1 posted 06-11-2019 04:15 AM

Sure bets my plastic tub that all my rough cut blanks get thrown into!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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John

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#2 posted 06-11-2019 06:40 AM

That should work Jim, very neat!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 06-11-2019 07:47 AM

Nice storage Jim, lots of blanks, let the addiction being. Cheers.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Ivan

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#4 posted 06-11-2019 08:51 AM

Very good custom made cabinet. Those small pieces realy require such special storage.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Tooch

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#5 posted 06-11-2019 10:34 AM

Very cool cabinet. And what’s that slab for in the back of the last picture?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 06-11-2019 12:46 PM

Nice storage solution Jim. I don’t turn anymore, but I have been to WoodCraft, Rockler, a few other places when they were having a sale on pen stock. I know from seeing the outcome, that just stacking them in piles doesn’t work, at least not for a few minutes, or until the first shopper gets to them. Looks like the aftermath of a Jenga game.

-- Think safe, be safe

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pottz

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#7 posted 06-11-2019 01:51 PM

great idea jim i have the same problem i had so many blanks,got addicted to buying them on ebay,that now ive forgotten what half of them are.

the cabinet on the left above the lathe is full of blanks-too many!

-- 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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lew

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#8 posted 06-11-2019 02:23 PM

Nice cabinet!

Wish I had your organizational skills!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-11-2019 04:11 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments! I had to think on this for a long time. I don’t really have any wall space left anywhere….except in the freezer room which is where this got hung on the wall.

Hi Bob…I’d say I am addicted but not as prolific at making pens as you!!

Hi Mike, that slab is going to be a coffee table if I ever get the top finished. I started it in April and it has been a nightmare in finishing! It is getting a coat of poly every day now that the rest of the projects cleared out.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-11-2019 09:02 PM

Nice solution to a common problem. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-12-2019 11:33 AM

Thanks, John,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 06-13-2019 12:14 AM

Very practical Jim. I know how easily they can get mixed up. Nice looking cabinet.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-13-2019 11:31 AM

Thanks, Dave. The one I had were being mixed up when ever I moved them so I had to do something.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-13-2019 05:40 PM

I like it, great idea. cheers buddy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 06-13-2019 07:31 PM

Thanks, Ken!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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