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Project by tom427cid posted 01-05-2012 10:05 PM 1888 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of those projects that seemed to get way out of hand right from the get-go.There are some earlier pics and backround of the project on my blog(someday I hope to learn how to make a link).Anyway I needed a place to store my wood planes which were scattered about the shop. The principle criteria was to be able to put my 28” jointer in the same cabinet.This established the width.Since I had the milk crate shelves(see blog) I now had a good idea of the linear requirement for storage shelves. I was hoping to keep the height about 60” to 62”. For no particular reason other than it seemed to be a good height. I decided to increase the depth of the drawers to allow the planes to be stored “handle up”and this increased the finished height to 69”
In the blog I explained the enrertainment center sourse of materials.The two that were similar I think were Pennsylvania House. I found a picture of one of the pieces in a 1990 or so cataloge.
In one case I cut the moulded edge from a top and inverted it to be used as moulding.The drawers were cut down,a false front was inserted,a stiffener and glue blocks were added to the bottoms and hand holds were used instead of pulls to maximize drawer space. The lower doors were disassembled,inverted,cut to size,and a false raised panel inserted to match the top doors. After struggling with the Euro hinges on the top doors-turns out that one door was 1/4” out of square!-I recut them and used off-set hinges like the lower doors. The alignment is much better thanks to a 1/4” shim!!The cabinet is built in two sections and the joint is aligned with unglued biscuits. Last night I had just about enough and still had to match the color and finish. Well,the short version is some cuckoo clock stain,Rustoleum red oxide primer,red Mahogany laquer,some Minwax Jacobean mixed with laquer,and a top coat of yellow tinted laquer got the color pretty close. Anyway in a week it will be covered with dust and nobody will notice.
Oh,BTW the cabinet is on heavy duty casters,the base skirting is not only decorative but also acts as a stop in the event that the cabinet might tip.
Thanks for looking,comments always welcome.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:36 PM

Wow that’s amazing shop furniture.


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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:07 PM

Mighty sweet looking cabinet there Tom.
Close the door and all those planes start smiling to each other!

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 02:27 AM

Lovely piece, whether you put it in the shop or living room. Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 03:13 AM

Suitable home for a fine collectin of tools

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 02:04 AM

Beautiful cabinet.

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 06:47 PM

I know you wuold come up with something better than OK
but this is &@£$&? freaking great piece of furniture for the lieving room ….
very well done with recycled wood peices :-)
like your outside hardware and the plates
your finish is a blog worthy but I presume its too late for that :-(

here is the blog

thanks for sharing and inspiring us to do the best :-)


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