Wood Magazine Clamshell Cabinet

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Project by dbhost posted 05-26-2011 02:02 AM 6748 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I promised to post up the completed project. This is #1 of #2. Construction is screws and glue. The finish isn’t totally done, but I more or less gave up after it sucked up half a quart of danish oil and didn’t make any difference…

The material is Home Depot 3/4 “Cabinet grade” plywood, joinery is with rabbets, glue and screws. I had a LOT of trouble keeping things square until I hung the cabinet, once on the wall everything went where it belongs…

I left the inner doors off in order to allow room for the multi drawer cabinets…

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 02:19 AM

Nice set up

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 02:32 AM

Nice cabinet.

-- -Todd

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 02:41 AM

Very Nice.

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 04:21 AM

nice work now I need to build one lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 06:32 AM

i actually have a similar cabinet in my shop. (i have it posted in my blog)

mine is not as nice looking though

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 10:01 AM

Well done!

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

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#7 posted 05-26-2011 02:38 PM

Very nice cabinet. Well planned out and nicely executed. Nice tools as well. Love that big mallet (persuader) you have hanging on the front. That thing looks like it could really help a stubborn joint come together when needed.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 05-26-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks. That mallet was another project. I had a bunch of smallish scraps, a couple of hours, and too many rubber mallets.. I wanted to build a big headed wooden mallet, I succeeded… The fun part is using it… It doesn’t take much swing to gently guide things into alignment…

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#9 posted 05-26-2011 04:28 PM

That is definitely the kind of thing I had in mind to save wall space. I think I told you, I picked up the magazine with the plans in it last week. It will certainly be faster to build from someone elses plans.

Thanks for posting. Before I build one, I’ll pick your brains….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 05-26-2011 04:33 PM

I’ll give you what help I can…

First thing I will suggest is steer clear of Home Depot lumber… What a nuisance! That stuff moves like Jello…

I haven’t decided if my next shop project is going to be clamshell cabinet #2, or a flip top planer / jointer stand. If you recall last year my back gave me fits. Lifting the planer, or jointer up and over to the bench to use them was getting to my back… I actually want to build 2 of them, one for the planer / jointer, and the second for the Ridgid Sander, and I plan on grabbing a disc sander from Grizzly eventually. The grinder / sharpening station will be mounted on a stand by itself close to the lathe…

I also want to build a table saw accessory cabinet to keep blades, dado stack, wrenches, throat plates, and yes, the feather boards in, as well as the rip and miter fences. I have a design from Shop Notes that I like, but I need to modify for my BT accessories as they are non standard… Especially the miter fence…

If I got the table saw stuff off of the cabinet, I have enough peg board room there to fully vacate my existing peg board. And it is very possible (okay likely) that I will go ahead and do that. I just need to figure out where to put these things in the mean time.

And once the main peg board is down, I can start on the CMS dust hood. THAT is a big priority on my agenda…

So each shop project is one step closer to having my shop finally to the setup that I have had in Sketchup now for a couple of years… To fit the shop of my dreams.. Okay my space and money restricted dreams, but dreams no less…

Oh yeah, LOML likes it, I fear however, that since I am gaining cabinet building experience, that when we get the $$ for the material, I won’t be re-facing my kitchen cabinets, but rather doing fresh builds. Which can be a very good thing. There are build quality problems with the originals that I can’t even begin to explain… (They used particle board WHERE?!)

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#11 posted 05-26-2011 04:39 PM

I have so many projects going that I don’t know if I am ever going to get anywhere. Oh, well. The minibench is getting close…........the finish the DC for the TS…......then build some fun things and start mobilizing more of the smaller power tools, and freeing up storage space and wall space. Being sick this week didn’t help much. I am on call the next four days….....sometimes I get some things done, sometimes not, while I am on call on a weekend.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 05-26-2011 04:49 PM

That is a great project! Thanks for posting!

-- christopheralan

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#13 posted 05-26-2011 05:00 PM

Nice looking project.

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