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First off, i had to replace my keyboard… Apparently apple doesn't make them drool proof.  

Second, 5th photo from the bottom… does anyone else think those look like Silver bars on the second shelve on the right?

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I'm late to the party, but very nice case.

Ball park on the tool cost looks like $7,500.  Amirite?  Where did you put your two-foot ripsaw?

Sounds like a lot until you go to Ethan Allen to price up a master bedroom full of furniture.  King bed, two large nightstands, a big low dresser for her, a tall one for him, and bingo.  Same cost as the tool kit.

 

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Thanks man.  I have no idea about the price tag.  Never took the time to add everything up and I never will.  That would be depressing.

And I don't have any two foot saws because I don't rip or resaw by hand.  That's why bandsaws were invented and why I have two of them. :)  I only cut joinery with my saws.  And only occasionally.  But they're there when I need them.

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Just now, Eric. said:

Thanks man.  I have no idea about the price tag.  Never took the time to add everything up and I never will.  That would be depressing.

And I don't have any two foot saws because I don't rip or resaw by hand.  That's why bandsaws were invented and why I have two of them. :)  I only cut joinery with my saws.  And only occasionally.  But they're there when I need them.

Eric how do you like your LA smoother? Do you use it often?

 

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I like it but it doesn't get nearly as much use as my #4.  I use the LAS to level dovetails and to clean up end grain bevels, etc...anything end grain...it will usually make an appearance.  I don't consider it a "must have" tool, but more of a "nice to have" supplementary tool.  It's nice to have.

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10 hours ago, Eric. said:

I like it but it doesn't get nearly as much use as my #4.  I use the LAS to level dovetails and to clean up end grain bevels, etc...anything end grain...it will usually make an appearance.  I don't consider it a "must have" tool, but more of a "nice to have" supplementary tool.  It's nice to have.

Thanks. LAS removed from 2017 list, added to 2018 list :D

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If someone were to own only one smoother I think the LAS would be a good choice.  But as soon as you add a #4 the LAS becomes a specialty tool for end grain or wicked curly grain with a wicked high angle.  For general use I'm very partial to my #4...it's the most used plane in my collection by far.

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Thanks man.  I need to take some "after" pics...the doors are getting nice and dark and it looks pretty, pretty, prettttaaay, pretty cool.

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I never saw this one before. Great tool chest. Two questions, First, for the drawers it looks like you went for some kind of dovetail dowel combo, does that joint have a name, and are those dowel pieces that you matched the species as the drawer front, or did you somehow manage to carve the end of that board into three perfectly round pins on each end? If you did that my head is going to explode.

Second question, is more general on these tool chests. When did you decide to build it? Have you basically stopped buying hand tools? Obviously if you have your eye on a few more hand planes, this box is basically full and won't have any room for them, so you've kind of committed to this collection, right? Maybe that is the point?

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2 hours ago, Isaac said:

I never saw this one before. Great tool chest. Two questions, First, for the drawers it looks like you went for some kind of dovetail dowel combo, does that joint have a name, and are those dowel pieces that you matched the species as the drawer front, or did you somehow manage to carve the end of that board into three perfectly round pins on each end? If you did that my head is going to explode.

Second question, is more general on these tool chests. When did you decide to build it? Have you basically stopped buying hand tools? Obviously if you have your eye on a few more hand planes, this box is basically full and won't have any room for them, so you've kind of committed to this collection, right? Maybe that is the point?

I don't know if that joint has an official name...I just call it a pinned rabbetted halfblind dovetail. LOL  Honestly I have no idea.  It's kind of a fun joint but at the same time...maybe...gimmicky?  And yes, they're just dowels.

I made the decision a long time ago not to build a tool cabinet until I was pretty sure my core tool collection was complete.  I stored them all in drawers and other cabinets until that time came.

I have all the essential hand tools I'll ever need in that cabinet, and honestly, not having any more space for new tools helps me remember that I really don't NEED anything else.  If I find that my collection is lacking somehow, most likely it's a gap in my skill set, rather than my tools.  So instead of going out and buying a new fancy tool to fill a very specific niche, I'd be better off learning to make do with the tools that I have.  If that makes any sense.  Get very good with a few core tools rather than mediocre with a huge set.  Honestly I have more planes, chisels, saws and rasps already than any woodworker really NEEDS.

The one tool that I know I'll be adding at some point in the future is a dedicated shooting plane, but I can leave that stored under the bench with my shooting boards without my OCD bone exploding.  I've gathered a few additional nick-nacks since the cabinet was completed but there's plenty of shelf space for gathering nick-nacks.  All the core tools have a home and that's what matters.  I may make another Krenov plane or two one day, but they can live somewhere else, maybe in a place of prominence.

 

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22 minutes ago, Eric. said:

I don't know if that joint has an official name...I just call it a pinned rabbetted halfblind dovetail. LOL  Honestly I have no idea.  It's kind of a fun joint but at the same time...maybe...gimmicky?  And yes, they're just dowels.

I made the decision a long time ago not to build a tool cabinet until I was pretty sure my core tool collection was complete.  I stored them all in drawers and other cabinets until that time came.

I have all the essential hand tools I'll ever need in that cabinet, and honestly, not having any more space for new tools helps me remember that I really don't NEED anything else.  If I find that my collection is lacking somehow, most likely it's a gap in my skill set, rather than my tools.  So instead of going out and buying a new fancy tool to fill a very specific niche, I'd be better off learning to make do with the tools that I have.  If that makes any sense.  Get very good with a few core tools rather than mediocre with a huge set.  Honestly I have more planes, chisels, saws and rasps already than any woodworker really NEEDS.

The one tool that I know I'll be adding at some point in the future is a dedicated shooting plane, but I can leave that stored under the bench with my shooting boards without my OCD bone exploding.  I've gathered a few additional nick-nacks since the cabinet was completed but there's plenty of shelf space for gathering nick-nacks.  All the core tools have a home and that's what matters.  I may make another Krenov plane or two one day, but they can live somewhere else, maybe in a place of prominence.

 

Thanks for following up, and that makes sense, a smoothing plane is pretty huge, kind of nice to store down low rather than having it higher up in the air.

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3 hours ago, Adam Campbell said:

Wow!  If what you hold your tools in looks like this, I can only imagine what you make with those tools.

Thanks man!  I have a number of projects in the showcase subforum if you feel like digging. :)

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22 hours ago, Eric. said:

Thanks man!  I have a number of projects in the showcase subforum if you feel like digging. :)

I will and did.. a real beautiful bed frame.  Seems like the angular lines in your designs have some Asian influence, is that right or am I just making stuff up. 

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I never actually did bonsai, it was just another aborted interest.  But yes Adam, I do like the Asian flavor.  I don't do authentic Asian pieces but rather the hipster whiteboy version aptly named "Soul Patch Asian" by @Mike.  My taste is evolving and I've kind of drifted away from it in recent months.

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Absolutely beautiful cabinet!  All my precious hand tools are sitting in a big plastic cabinet so you have inspired me to add this to my shop project list, probably after I build the roubo bench!  Too many projects not enough time!

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1 hour ago, Eric. said:

I never actually did bonsai, it was just another aborted interest.  But yes Adam, I do like the Asian flavor.  I don't do authentic Asian pieces but rather the hipster whiteboy version aptly named "Soul patch Asian" by @Mike.  My taste is evolving and I've kind of drifted away from it in recent months.

Several years ago I really wanted to get into bonsai. The finished trees are so flipping cool but the amount of time and effort invested to get to that point is so astronomical, that I just decided to hang it up before I even really began. Woodworking takes alot of time, money, and effort to get to a finished product as well, but bonsai takes it to a whole new level, in my view anyway. 

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3 hours ago, woodbutcher said:

Several years ago I really wanted to get into bonsai. The finished trees are so flipping cool but the amount of time and effort invested to get to that point is so astronomical, that I just decided to hang it up before I even really began. Woodworking takes alot of time, money, and effort to get to a finished product as well, but bonsai takes it to a whole new level, in my view anyway. 

Yeah bonsai just requires way too much maintenance.  You can walk away from a woodworking project for months and it'll still be there when you get back, but stop watering your bonsai for three days and you have a dead tree.  Honestly only the pruning and bending and watching the transformation appeals to me...the constant watering and fertilizing regiment turns me off completely.  I'll just keep tending to the trees in my landscape and leave bonsai to those more committed.

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34 minutes ago, Eric. said:

those more committed

Many years back I knew a co-worker that enjoyed Bonsai.  But this individual may have needed to be committed.  That is all they talked about.  You could bring something else up and they would respond with "thats nice but like I was saying"...  When the person showed up for their shift other employees scattered like mice when the light comes on.

Anyway back to Eric's hand tool cabinet.

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3 hours ago, bushwacked said:

So after all this time. Are you still glad you built a nice tool cabinet?

Well yeah!  It's one of my favorite things that I've built.  That plane till was a total PITA but well worth it. :)

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