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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 08-05-2008 03:12 AM 14467 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a router bit cabinet that I just completed.

Sides/Top/Bottom are pine; back is 1/2” Luan plywood; bit holders, door rail & stiles are oak; drawers are 1/4” BB; and the door panel is 1/4” oak plywood (quite a variety!).

Case carcase and drawers have a spit coat of 1# cut of shellac, two coats of MinWax Ipswich Pine stain, three coats of MinWax wipe-on gloss poly and a final coat of wipe-on satin poly. All oak has three coats of gloss wipe-on with a final coat of satin. Inside of drawers have a full-strength coat of Sealcoat shellac.

Drawers were made with a drawer-lock joint made on the router table with spiral straight bits (I don’t have a drawer-lock bit and wanted to experiment with the joint).

JimC

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#1 posted 08-05-2008 03:18 AM

Here is an image of the drawer-lock joint that I used for the drawers.Drawer-Lock Joint

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#2 posted 08-05-2008 03:40 AM

I like this! Looks great and serves a great purpose.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 08-05-2008 03:53 AM

sweet storage cabinet : )

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#4 posted 08-05-2008 04:13 AM

Excellent set-up!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-05-2008 04:28 AM

That’s something I really can use. Thank you for sharing Jim.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 06:48 AM

I like the lock joint on the drawers. It gives a much cleaner look than a tongue & groove, & eliminates the need for a false front. How did you cut it with just a straight bit?

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#7 posted 08-05-2008 07:24 AM

Excellent

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#8 posted 08-05-2008 04:23 PM

That is a sweet cabinet.

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 05:09 PM

Very nice. When will you be send me mine? ;-)

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 05:16 PM

Very handsome cabinet and a much-needed addition to my shop! Guess I’ll have to get busy and try out the drawer-lock bit I recently picked up on sale. I’m worried though that if I make it as nice as yours my wife will be jealous.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 07:36 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#12 posted 08-05-2008 09:29 PM

This is very nice and practical too. I need one of these!

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#13 posted 08-09-2008 03:57 AM

GraveDigger, I’m sorry I haven’t responded to your question about the lock-drawer joints sooner.

The Baltic Birch was approx 15/32” thick and this would have been a lot easier with full 1/2” stock. With a 1/4” Spiral Upcut bit, I routed out the large dado in the front piece, leaving a 1/8” tenon at the rear and, thus, a 3/32” overlay at the front. I held the front against the side and carefully marked the location for the 1/8” dado, then cut it with a 1/8” Upcut spiral bit, depth of 1/2 the thickness of the side. Trimmed the length of the rear tenon to fit the dado and then did some (a lot!) of sanding to make everything fit.

I would do it again even though it was quite a bit of work. I feel it is a very solid joint and it looks good, too!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#14 posted 09-16-2008 10:22 AM

Jim,

You hit the lucky roll and I am glad for it as I have now discovered a dandy way to store my router bits. The timing was perfect as I am in the middle of re-organizing the shop and with limited space the wall mounted approach is my best option.

Thanks for sharing, like your drawer lock joint as well.

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#15 posted 09-16-2008 03:59 PM

Very useful looking cabinet. Great job.

I use drawers under my router table for my bits, but this looks like just what I need for my drill bits and things for my drill press.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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