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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 …

My Next Woodworking Project: The Tool Cabinet

Even though I still have some significant construction to complete on the window seat bookcase, I have been spending more time thinking about my next project. I think my brain is fried on the bookcase – it has taken so long to build and all that. Anyway, my next project will be a new tool cabinet for my workshop, and I can’t wait to get started on it. This tool cabinet will be the second part of a big renovation for the area below my basement stairs and will also include some upgrades to the stair case. The goal here is provide better storage for my tools as well as to create a more enjoyable working environment. The first phase of construction was to hide the unsightly furnace and water heater from view. I accomplished this by creating a removable wall; removable so that maintenance can be performed on the furnace. A removable wall required some engineering and additional constructions steps; more so than with a permanent wall (see the construction process for the removable …

New Workbench: Option Two

arlier this year, I began contemplating the design for a new workbench. The first blog post in what will be a series on my new workbench design, explored the Nicholson workbench (see an example Nicholson here). Since then, the Nicholson bench has become more commonplace on the internet. It appears to be the next trendy workbench design. Something that will likely advance the popularity of the Nicholson workbench is the forthcoming DVD from Lost Art Press which will document the construction of a Nicholson bench using a basic tool set and common lumber. The idea is to build a quality bench based on a historic design and do it on a budget. Mike Siemsen will procure the tools and lumber, then build the bench. I can’t wait to buy the DVD. So, I still have an interest in the Nicholson design; historic, relatively easy to build and can be created using common home center material. What’s not to like? For one, I don’t like the large aprons attached to each side of the top. And, …