Popular Post SawDustB Posted February 24, 2019 Popular Post Report Share Posted February 24, 2019 I've been wanting to build a hand tool cabinet for the last several years, since before I built the Roubo. I was originally looking at the cabinet by Mike P from FWW, but the form factor didn't fit my space, so there would be significant changes (and I never got around to it). Fortunately, the space that Matt Cremona has for his tool cabinet pretty much exactly matches the empty space I have on my wall. I figure it's fate telling me to build the cabinet. After my last build, I got a small pile of 8/4 hard maple to take home with me. I was originally going to put it on the lumber rack and buy new 4/4 for this build, but eventually decided that was silly. I don't have much wood storage, and I couldn't bring myself to go buy maple when I was trying to figure out what to do with this (and it's a perfect amount for the cabinet). Here's what I started with: I started by cutting some of the pieces down to rough length. I need to resaw it, then I'll be gluing it up to get the width on the main case. Now, I don't have a band saw, and everything here is six inches wide or less, so I used the table saw. The starting thickness was 1 3/4", so I should have at least 1/16" to plane off afterwards to get to a finished 3/4" thickness. All of the lumber was very flat and straight, although I had two pieces that released a bit of tension when I cut them apart. My process is to use a feather board, the riving knife, and to have good outfeed support. I had the rip blade in the saw and took 1" on the first pass, then 3/4" on subsequent passes, with the last one only being the last 1/4". I felt comfortable doing this, but I also felt prepared that the wood could release tension in the cut. After I finished, all the pieces for the main case were there along with some extras. I'll put them through the planer later, and then start gluing up the panels for the main case. I'm thinking I'll simplify the joinery a bit, and forgo the miters on the dovetails since I'm still new to hand cutting them. It looks like it should be a fun build. I may add some sapele accents to match the work bench, which it will be hanging over when complete. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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