Tool Cabinet and Surround
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Building The Paneled Wall

With my tool cabinet completed, my next project has been finish the paneled wall to the right of the cabinet. The tool cabinet and the paneled wall are step two in a long-term project to hide all the stuff (junk, furnace, water heater) that has traditionally been a part of the photos of the items I make. Part three of this project will be to get rid of the rickety handrail which is void of any spindles. In its place will be a better handrail system to include spindles making the stairs more safe and better looking.

Building the new paneled wall involves mostly trim carpentry work and I had to come up with a way to make this small section of wall removable. We keep our luggage in this area and there are more items stored on the opposite side, so being able to easily get them the few times we travel means a removable wall.

SketchUp image of the area right of the tool cabinet.

SketchUp image of the area right of the tool cabinet.

The most challenging part of this process will be getting accurate angled cuts. But, after thinking on what I needed to do, I came up with a couple of simple solutions…

Using a simple jig to cut a precise angle.

Using a simple jig to cut a precise angle.

Above, I am cutting an angle on the center stile which divides the two panels. I can make very subtle adjustments to zero in on the right angle and then make a simple square cut on the opposite end.

The basic frame of the wall completed.

The basic frame of the wall completed.

Another jig for cutting the steap angles.

Another jig for cutting the steep angles.

Here, the removable panel taking shape.

Here, the removable panel taking shape.

Note in the photo above I have added the base board, base cap and cut the removable panel to size.

Paint going on and note the blue tape.

Paint going on and note the blue tape.

Above, I am laying down some Benjamin Moore Regal Select “Liberty Park” which Regal Select is my favorite paint; does not need any primer. I had to take the small quarter round off and attach it again. The blue tape is holding a slender filler strip in place.

Today, I added the slender cherry trim to the cabinet.

Today, I added slender cherry strips to the cabinet opening.

The last thing to do: add cherry trim to the opening for the tool cabinet. Otherwise the option would have been a painted plywood edge which would have been a disappointment. With the trim in place, the second step in this project completed.

The removable paneled wall.

The removable paneled wall.

And the small wall completed.

And the small wall completed.

The small paneled wall is held in place with three screws which have green painted screw heads. The knobs were added to give me something to hold onto while the wall comes off and goes back on. Right now, the fit is a little tight. I may trim the right side a little. But for now this little project is finished.

As designed in SketchUp.

As designed in SketchUp.

Step two of the wall surround and tool cabinet.

Step two of the wall surround and tool cabinet.

And, to give you an idea of what an improvement this whole project is, take a look at this old photo…

My tool cabinet, water heater and furnace behind my assembly table.

My tool cabinet, water heater and furnace behind my assembly table.

I had to laugh when I came across this old pic. This image is from a blog post dated September 2, 2013. That post announced the beginning of the wall surround to the left of the cabinet. Of course, the idea of this project was hatched several months before that. A long-term project which is now closing in on being totally finished. But, just like with the first two phases of the wall/cabinet, I am in no hurry to finish the work on the stairs.

Next, I’ll turn my attention to the prototype Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Plane Kit which has been in my workshop since this past summer.

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14 Comments

  1. René says

    Wow! Before-Now: That makes a huge difference. Not only in looking at – must be a different kind of comfortable feeling, too, isn’t it?
    And yes, I got questions:
    1. How do you get access to your heater/furnance section if necessary (repair/check up)? (Did i missed that in your posts?)
    2. Your “small removable paneled wall” is fixed at the top. How is it locked at the bottom? I guess, it would “come out” at the bottom if there ain’t nothing that hold it. – No matter, how you do it: Good idea with the knobs to remove it.
    3. What Version of SketchUp do you use?/Can you recommend any? In comparison: Do you spend a lot of time at the SketchUp draft before you start working in your workshop?

    Thank you for sharing your idea and progress!
    rené

  2. Sarah says

    Wow. What an accomplishment! Your basement already looks nicer than many formal rooms!

    • You mean the part of my basement I allow you to see looks nicer. 🙂 It is a constant battle to keep my basement in order and a battle I often loose.

  3. Jeff that is a work of art. The colors compliment the tool cabinet very well. Great job.

  4. Absolutely love reading through your post updates and seeing not only your skill in woodworking but your creativity with the space you have. Keep up the good work!

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