Monday, 24 December 2012

Tool Cabinet Completed.


Here is my previous tool storage above the work bench, small, disorganised and a mess!


The new cabinet was dovetailed, the structural strength this provides is essential to support the French cleat method of mounting it on the wall.


Here is the new cabinet, much larger and more organised. It took 26 hours to make plus another three hours organising and fitting the interior.


The door is much narrower than the main carcass which leaves a gap behind when fully open. This allows the wall behind to be used for storing thin tools such as saws. In my work shop every inch of space needs to be used! I'll be writing an article for Furniture and Cabinet Making magazine which should appear within the next few months.


This is the cabinet closed, the main carcass is quarter sawn olive ash and the panels are book matched rippled English walnut. All the wood came from Alan Peters workshop.
Below is a close up of the wonderful walnut.


10 comments:

  1. Hi David,
    It is a wonderful cabinet and the fact you sourced the timber from Alan's stock is such a bonus! I met him once as he was my external examiner on the third year of my Fine Craft degree.
    I can spy some top tools in there too. How did you join the front frame onto the carcase out of interest? I can see a dowel, but thought you might have biscuit or domino jointed it? I suppose I should just wait to read your article...
    All the Merry Christmas to you,
    Berin.

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    1. Hi Berin,
      I never met Alan, which is a shame, you are fortunate. The frame was screwed and plugged to the carcass (as was the back panel) before being separated carefully on the table saw. The plugs are positioned where you would typically draw bore the tenons on the frame and the grain is matched to make them blend in. Merry Christmas , David.

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  2. That first photo is positively organised compared to my tool storage. Love the cabinet, another excellent piece.

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    1. Hi David, sound like you need one more than I did!
      All the best, David.

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  3. Happy Christmas David,
    Nice calendar shot there on the wall in the next to last picture!!

    Nice cabinet,

    Richard

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    1. Hi Richard, I don't have much need for a calendar in the work shop but the pictures are great, some wonderful engraving.
      All the best, David.

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  4. You own many Japanese tools!

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    1. Nice quality Japanese tools are wonderful things!

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  5. great looking cabinet David ,love your tools.
    Could you tell where those wooden rebate planes in the cabinet come from or did you make them yourself also?

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  6. Hi Juryaan,
    The shoulder planes are made by HNT Gordon. They work very well and are beautifully made
    All the best,
    David.

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