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Saying Goodbye to my Old Tool Cabinet

This post won’t be about me losing an old shop friend; a fixture which has been in my workshop since 1990. All the way back to the early years of my woodworking life. Now that I have my new tool cabinet tucked under my basement stairs and the even newer tool cabinet tucked under the top of my new workbench, it is time for me to get rid of something old – my original tool cabinet. This tool cabinet is a reminder of where I started but the new cabinets I’m using are soooo much better. Once setting up shop in our current home, I quickly realized I needed a better way to store my growing tool collection. I spotted this tool cabinet in the pages of a woodworking magazine and immediately set out to build it. A year or more ago, I completed an extensive search of the internet hoping to find the cabinet’s original construction plan. I was confident it came from the pages of ShopNotes magazine or Woodsmith magazine. Sadly, after several …

A Moroubian Tool Cabinet, Part 2

I have to tell you there are some super exciting things going on at Jeff Branch Woodworking. So exciting that my workshop has been neglected. I have two woodworking plans underway with one being for a nationally known woodworker. And there is an additional thing in the works which may mean that I will build a second Moroubian workbench. Cool stuff for sure and again, EXCITING. Most recently, I have been back in my workshop making definite progress on the Moroubian tool cabinet. I am building drawers (there will be 12 of them) and after some considerable thought, I zeroed in on the joinery for the drawers which will be simple yet durable. Simple and durable = good. I recently purchased a Katz-Moses dovetail guide which means I am looking for a project to try out this accessory; but it won’t be with my Moroubian tool cabinet. But I did give hand cut dovetails serious consideration. Years ago, I upgraded my master bath cabinets. I re-built the doors and drawers and added bracket feet to …

A Moroubian Tool Cabinet, Part 1

So, my workbench has a Moravian style base and a Roubo split top; I therefore now call this a Moroubian workbench. Because I need to build a clamp rack to hang all the new clamps I bought to build my Moroubian bench, I first need to get rid of my old tool cabinet, which is where my new clamp rack will go. I still have a few items in my old tool cabinet, so I need to build the Moroubian tool cabinet to gain the last bit of storage space needed prior to moving my old tool cabinet out of the shop. In short, I need to build this new workbench cabinet so I can organize all my new clamps. The design for this tool cabinet has changed a lot over the years. The original design had 18 drawers (18!!!); there was a version which had eight doors and no drawers, and one design which had just six drawers. Now I have made up my mind and have nailed down the design, so to speak. …