All posts tagged: workshop

Moroubian Tool Cabinet – Completed

I created the first rendering of my new workbench in 2014. For several years, the workbench design was just a thought. Now it is finally completed and it looks great and works great. This week I applied paint and shellac to the tool cabinet for my workbench and tucked it into place and stood back and admired what has been accomplished. After more than three decades of woodworking, I finally have a proper workbench. The tool cabinet was the final piece to this puzzle and now the workbench is finished. Since my last update, I have worked mostly on fitting and attaching the drawer fronts for the front side of the bench. This is simply a process involving a lot of patience as I make repeated trips to the table saw to trim minute amounts of wood from the length and width of each front. These are the same steps taken in my last update, so I won’t repeat it here except to say just like everything with this project, repetition has lead to more …

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. …