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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Tool Cabinets Finished

    They arenít for me; they are for my daughters.

    I found plans for this cabinet in the October 2006 issue of Wood magazine:

    Attachment 697

    I think that such a cabinet will be a good Christmas present for each of my daughters, Kathleen and Kristel. They are both married with young children and have small shops in their basements. Kathleen and Kristel both do some woodworking and enjoy it but their husbands are not (yet?) very interested except as a means to an end. A cabinet such as this will be a big help in organizing things (so that I can find them when I am visiting ).

    Kristel has enough space for a cabinet as per the plans, whereas I am going to have to reduce the size of the cabinet for Kathleen. I will build Kristelís with only slight modifications to the plan (I have never built anything exactly to plan but these plans are better than most), then make more changes for the smaller version.

    I cut all the parts for the first cabinet this afternoon. Most of the cutting was done in the garage using my guided circular saw system on a temporary ďtableĒ that I use for cutting sheet goods. This table uses knock down saw horses supporting a sheet of plywood with foam attached.

    Attachment 698

    Here I am cutting pegboard:

    Attachment 699

    Since I was cutting in the garage with the door wide open, I did not bother to hook up a vacuum to the saw.

    Here are all the parts for the first cabinet cut to size:

    Attachment 700
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 12-08-2006 at 11:42 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Looks good Frank, and that is a great Christmas present, one they will enjoy for a lot of years.

    Look forward to your updates!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    The Ocean State
    Nice gift. You are so good at "mis en place" in the work are you in the kitchen?

  4. #4
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    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    November 21st Update

    Having spruced up the shop last week (as I talked about in the thread entitled “2nd Annual Shop Clean-Up and Improvement Week”:, I expected to get a lot of time there this week to work on Christmas presents. As they say “the best laid plans …”. On Sunday, Margaret’s computer with a lot of valuable stuff on it would not boot. So this week I have been working on that. It still won’t boot, but I now have the data from it on a new computer that I bought today. While I was spending time in the office doing all this, it became clear that, to keep peace in the family, this week should become “1st annual Office Clean-Up and Improvement Week”. I admit that the place is a mess and, when I am finished, I will be happy that I spent time organizing, repairing, and cleaning things. But, it means that I will get little shop time this week.

    Yesterday evening and this early this morning I did get about 4 hours work done on the first tool cabinet.

    01) Here are the outside parts for the main cabinet rabbeted, grooved, and ready for dry assembly.

    Attachment 993

    02) And here is the main cabinet assembled.

    Attachment 994

    The plans called for the two more narrow shelves to be adjustable supported by pins drilled into the cabinet sides. I figured, that once the cabinet was filled, it would be very unlikely that one would ever want to move the shelves, so I made them permanent. All joints are glued and screwed with #8 2” flathead screws (Robertson of course).

    03) Everything about this cabinet is quite straightforward and things would have gone batter if I had paid more attention. I was rushing and, as a result, had to backtrack and redo three different things. For example, here is a photo of a narrow bin stop being glued to the edge of the bottom shelf:

    Attachment 996

    and here it is being removed with a chisel :

    Attachment 997

    because, it should have been placed part way in on the cabinet bottom.

    Attachment 998

    I had to nail it in this time because I have no clamps with wide enough jaws to reach it’s location.

    04) Next, all the sides and tops for all four doors were rabbeted and grooved. This photo shows the side about to have its grooves widened to ľ”.

    Attachment 999

    Each door support two pieces of pegboard, one facing in one facing out. Thus the two grooves.

    05) Here one of the doors is being dry assembled:

    Attachment 1000

    And that, folks, is as far as I got. Margaret summoned me at that point and I have been spending most of my time since then in the office and the computer store.

    The plans for this in Wood magazine are quite good and, on this first unit, I am adhering to them about as closely as I have ever stuck to any plans. I only have on quibble and that is about the cutting diagram. Although Baltic Birch is advocated, the cutting diagram is based upon 4x8 sheet of plywood rather than 5x5 sheets. I am told that is some places it is possible to get baltic Birch is 4x8 sheets, but this is not the norm. An alternative based upon 5x5 sheets should have been provided. Not that I would likely have followed it –I seldom do.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-22-2006 at 01:44 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Central CA
    Looking mighty spiffy there Frank. Very cool.

    Your daughters married guys that don't like tools?....And you allowed it?........

    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

    "Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin

  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    America's Hometown
    Lucky daughters...will have to look at making a cabinet like that for myself someday. Nice gift.

  7. #7
    Frank, I think that I could use a cabinet something like this in the sewing room. You could take down the pegboard that is over the sewing machine and replace it with a cabinet. There would have to be a built-in light under the cabinet.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by Margaret Pellow View Post
    Frank, I think that I could use a cabinet something like this in the sewing room. You could take down the pegboard that is over the sewing machine and replace it with a cabinet. There would have to be a built-in light under the cabinet.

    Uh oh Frank....Now you gone and done it!!!

    Nice piece!

  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    November 24th Update

    For a bit of this afternoon and most of this evening, I took some time away from the ĎOffice Clean-Up and Improvementí project (still not finished ) to work on Kristelís cabinet. The doors are now built and installed. Here are three pictures:

    06) All four doors closed:

    Attachment 1074

    07) One outer door open:

    Attachment 1075

    08)Both doors on one side open:

    Attachment 1076

    When the above pictures were taken, the hinges were not yet on the two doors on the left side of the cabinet in the picture. They are on now. I still need to apply finish to the wood, install magnetic catches for the doors and make the bins.

    For today's simple task of attaching 4 doors to the cabinet with piano hinges, the article in Wood magazine is too complex, advbocating steps using masking tape, double sided tape, and special spacers where none of these are needed. Here is one example of such "overkill":

    Attachment 1096
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-25-2006 at 07:31 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    November 27th Update

    Well, the office has now been tidied up, so I am back working in the shop today.

    09) This morning I installed a cleat on the back of Kristelís cabinet.

    Attachment 1243

    Thatís it just below the top piece of plywood. It is cut at a 45 degree angle slanting up towards the top on the inside of the cleat.

    10) Wall space is scarce inside the shop and it is quite nice outside the shop, so in order to test things out, I screwed the matching cleat just outside the door:

    Attachment 1244

    11) And then I set the cabinet on wall cleat:

    Attachment 1245

    At this point there is one coat of Rub-On Polly on the cabinet. I will probably apply four coats.
    Cheers, Frank

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