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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
A great job. Way to make your cabinet very unique and personnel.
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
Hey buddy,

So far so good!

Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof.

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
Very impressive start to what looks like a great project, just make sure you fill it up when it's done!
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
Too cool - Thanks for sending this in!!!!! This is awesome, beautiful colors and wood combos.
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
Very Inspiring!!!!!!
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
kick ass sea bass!
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
That's gonna look awesome..!!
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
Thanks for the nice comments everyone, you all keep me very motivated!
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
It's coming along very nice Paul,

It looks like you've picked up a style of your own,

& it looks real nice. I especially like the way the head looks.
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
looks great!
depending on the width of the cabinet (to be able to hold a #8) you might want to replace that single door into 2 half doors which will be less awkward to open as they will be smaller in size - just a thought.
 

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Well it's finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don't currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24" long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can't be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.

When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It's not the best but I didn't have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.

Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.


This is the start of one of the sides.
Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don't want to put any sandpaper to it until I'm sure I'm done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.

I've seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I'm just guessing on the process.
That is going to be a really nice cabinet. I am impressed! I own a #8 and I have to agree with Purplev about the two half doors. Two feet doesn't sound like much, but looking at the #8 puts that dimension into a different perspective. I can't wait to see the cabinet finished.
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
Paul,
Nice job!
Congrats on a job well done.
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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
Paul, this turned out to be a gorgeous tool cabinet. I daresay most of us would simply have opted for pine or birch plywood since this is "just a piece of shop furniture". But I have come to appreciate the idea that shop furniture can also look good as well. Cherry happens to be my personal favorite and you did well on this build.

Thanks for the inspiration.
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
good looking work, all the way around
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
Paul, that's a great addition to the shop. I like the personal touched you added.
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
Hey Buddy;

I said it before, I'll say it again;

Great job!!!!

Lee
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
wow! beautiful

great work!
 

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Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together,
and then finished the door after it was out of the press.
I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going.
Anyway I made a few little wood blocks to hold the tools but they looked just to plain so I carved little feathers on them.
All that was left to do was put some finish on it and put it together," So far so good! Although that's what the blind man said somewhere around the 10th floor, when he walked off the roof." or so said my buddy Lee Jesberger when I started, that's when disaster struck. I was putting on a couple coats a lacquer on the pieces and had them outside of my shop because it was so nice outside and I had the door propped up against the cabinet while it was drying, I looked at it and said that doesn't look good but I left it anyway. I was in my shop working on something else and heard a crash outside and went out to find the door, cabinet case, and back panal all lying on the ground. The door had landed on the corner and just crushed the corner, the case was cracked up the side and all of them looked like I was going for that distressed look people put on reproduction furniture. I cleaned them up as best I could and carried on as this was just a cabinet to hold tools there was no reason to freak out although I was a little disappointed. Well hear is the finished cabinet and the end of all the drama that goes on in my little shop in Albion Pennsylvania.
Hear are a couple shots of the finished sides
Hear are a couple closer shots of the inside I did plan on having my #8(or #7) plane before I finished with this but I got carried away a bought some more carving chisels instead so that is why there is some big wide open spaces.
I really had fun building this little cabinet despite my little tragedy near the end but I learn a little something with every project I do. My only concern now is when I moved it full of tools I realized the weight of it and the back panel is only made of 1/2" plywood, I hope it can support all the tools it will hold. Now I just have to fill all those empty spaces with the tools I have planed, and I think I want to build a matching one for the other side of my bench for some of my carving chisels and other tools maybe in an American Bald Eagle theme.
Outstanding tool cabinet one of the best out there.
 
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