All posts filed under: Tool Cabinet and Surround

Building The Paneled Wall

With my tool cabinet completed, my next project has been; to build 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. The most challenging part of this process will be getting accurate angled cuts. But, after thinking on …

New Tool Cabinet: 99% Complete

Our washer and dryer are located in the basement. Today, my wife asked me to take a load of clothes downstairs and put them in the washer, a job she despises. “OK, I’ll do it” was my reply. I take the basket of clothes downstairs and get the washer going and then I walk over to my workshop area and admire my new tool cabinet. The task my wife hates is no big deal for me because I can take in the view of my shop and my current project, a new tool cabinet, nearing completion in all it’s cherry and curly maple glory. These last couple of weeks has been exciting; it always is as a project nears completion. And that is where I am; nearly there, nearly complete. The tool cabinet itself is finished, but I have a few more things related to the cabinet which I want to finish before I can officially move on. Since my last update on the tool cabinet, I have completed the following… FIRST – There was …

New Tool Cabinet: Eleven Drawers Completed!

I knew making eleven drawers for my tool cabinet would be a long process. And making all of them inset drawers would add a level of complexity absent with overlay drawers. One thing I did not count on is the paralyzing anxiety I felt when it came time to process the curly maple from long, slightly warped boards into smaller, flat drawer fronts without tear-out. Drawer fronts which fit within their drawer openings with perfect gaps on all four sides. And that is the truth: I was stressing over ruining my prized curly maple. This lead to at least a two-week break from any meaningful woodworking. But, I did move forward and here is where we pick up the story… Firstly, let’s review the basic construction of each drawer… I used dowels to join the 1/2″ thick oak sides to 3/4″ pine drawer fronts and backs. Then, the curly maple drawer faces are added using the process below… The hardware I am using is from House of Antique Hardware and I selected three items: bronze …