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    Almost done my hand tool cabinet!

    Here are some photos of my progress with my hand tool cabinet project.

    I completed and attached the doors with piano hinges. The doors are just 3" deep boxes with dovetailed joints. They each have a 1/2" thick plywood panel.

    The infamous "reverse dovetail" drawers were installed as well. They got stopped dados cut in the sides and poplar drawer slides were installed for them to ride on. The drawer pulls are walnut and were turned on the lathe. I WAS going to buy them but couldn't find ones that were the right size. It only took me 6 to 10 minutes a drawer pull to complete each one (I made 16. 4 extra in case I messed up!)

    I need to install a small cover plate in the front that is about 2" wide and as tall as the doors. This will cover the gap between the doors when they're closed. Mostly it's a retainer for when I add the lock. The Gap Plate (as I'm calling it) will have a 3/8" wide strip on walnut inlayed down the center. This will break up the doors and make it more symmetrical. It will give the illusion that there is no break in the lines of the doors. I cut the rabbit and glued the walnut in place tonight.

    I need to cut and install the french cleats. Then I will sand and seal the entire thing. After that I'll give it a couple coats of wipe on poly and hang it. Then I can work on the tool/plane holders.



    See ya around,
    Dominic
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    That's too darned nice to stay in the shop! Looks like it will be a very useful and valuable addition to your shop.
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    Looking good there, Dominic. If I had a cabinet that nice, I'd then need a bunch of good handtools to fill it with.
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    Dominic,

    I'm with Ron on this one - Too nice for the shop!! (mine at least) It's looking great, and I suspect it will work as well as it looks.

    Wes

    PS will you be making room for your dolls in it as well?

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    Dominic,

    Good looking case. Looks like you'll need a lot of tools to fill that up. What wood did you use for the face of the drawers? Is that spalted maple?

    I guess I'm too new here or have missed a previous post, so do you mind filling in the reference of the "infamous reverse dovetails"? I've never seen them used in that orientation.

    Look forward to seeing the cabinet after the finish is applied. Keep up the good work

    Regards,
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

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    Only one word for that cabinet!

    Swweeet!
    Donít have the best tools, don't use the best woods and projects donít always turnout perfeck.
    I just feel the need to work with wood!

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    Dominic, that is one fine tool cabinet, you do very good work sir

    Love the reverse dovetails, don't see that every day!

    Thanks for taking the time to share it here with us, such inspiration!
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    Ambrosia maple

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Laird View Post
    What wood did you use for the face of the drawers? Is that spalted maple?
    Thanks Lee. The wood I used for the drawer fronts is Ambrosia maple. It's very common around here in PA. It's "soft" maple and very prove to tear out. While working with it I got very proficient using my scrapers! But my oh my what figure!

    And as far as the "reversed dovetails" go, I should have put the pins where the tails are and vice-versa. That's the way a traditional dovetailed drawer is oriented so that it resists the stress of the drawer being opened.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Thanks guys! This has been one of the longest running projects I've done so far. And it's been one heck of a learning experience!
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Dom, that looks terrific. That one will be around for a long, long time.
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