Fly tying cabinet with storage and folding work surface

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Project by hydro posted 01-02-2014 11:24 PM 29259 views 41 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I was a child I have been tying flies for fishing and storage of all those materials was an issue. I came up with this design to contain the various feathers, yarns, hooks, and tools used in the process, and to provide a handy work surface to attach the vise to.

The idea in the design was to have the construction fold in on itself to maximize the interior storage capacity. The primary wood is butternut from Cannon Falls, MN, harvested and sawn with my chain saw mill. The interior components are wormy butternut and aromatic red cedar with walnut pulls for the drawers. The work surface uses walnut accents for the handle and the clamp pad, due to the soft nature of butternut. The case construction is a web frame with vertical dividers to locate the drawers.

The left door is filled with foam to hold the vise and a desk lamp, and the right door is filled with swing out compartments made by cove cutting on the table saw. The compartments are hinged on a common pin made of 3/16” brass, and are held closed by magnets pulling to a steel strip in the door panel.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 11:37 PM

I love it. I also tie and you are correct, my stuff is every where. That is a great idea well executed.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 01:39 AM

You did a wonderful job on his station. I know someone who also ties flies, you need all these drawers

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 01:45 AM

Looks like a great way to store and organize your tying supplies. Nicely done, I like what you’ve designed and built.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 02:22 AM

One very sweet job on this and you get to enjoy it. I like all the details.

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 02:41 AM

As a Fly tier and fisherman and fellow woodworker, I gotta say this is AWESOME! Really cool and love the design and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 03:54 AM

Really cool, I have built a few desk style, fly tying benches, but this is really cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 04:47 AM

Wow, that’s one great looking and practical box. Well done!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 05:00 AM

Love this! I’ve been tying for many years myself and I have stuff everywhere. I’ve seen dozens of benches and boxes, yours is one of the best. Great design, great craftsmanship, and your photos are first rate. Fantastic, thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 06:09 AM

just favorited it got to build myself one. my tools and supplies are scattered to the four winds. im probably going to have to replace some of them. i lost them in a move.this will keep them together. demensions please!

-- Mcgyver

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 08:30 AM

Overall a really nice cabinet. The compartments on the right door are just genius! Nicely done!

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 09:52 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice work. More pics would satisfy many of viewers.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 01:17 PM

This is an excellent project and I can imagine the box can be used for more then just flies. Are there plans available?

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#13 posted 01-03-2014 02:30 PM

Thanks for the comments! I added a couple of pictures, one of the drawer construction and one of the lock miter case corners. The drawers are made with solid wood bottoms, held in sliding grooves to allow movement. FYI, the lock miters were a royal pain to do on this box. The nice photos are my brother’s work so I cannot take credit for those.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#14 posted 01-03-2014 02:43 PM

I added a close-up of the work surface showing detail of the handle which needed to be flush to the surface to allow it to be folded into the box. Also shown are the clamp pad and the latch plate, made of walnut to be hard enough to survive. The butternut is too soft to last long under this use.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#15 posted 01-03-2014 05:50 PM

Really nice. I need one about four times this size to accommodate about half of the materials I have accumulated over the years. Many thanks for posting.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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