So I made a tool cabinet…I’ve always loved the Arts&Crafts style. Hard to beat the beauty of quartersawn white oak. I used oiled bronze handles, knobs and piano hinges on the doors. The oak is a challange to work – hard as a rock! But, when the finish hits the wood, wow.
I took the design from a number of wall cabinet designs I found, many out of plywood and ‘shop looking’. I wanted to follow the woodworking tradition of making a much nicer than needed piece for the shop that would push my capabilities and be yet another learning opportunity. Working out the details, building these drawers, making panel doors and figuring out the finish were all a stretch and a lot of fun to tackle.
I wanted to have some small drawers along with doors where I could mount tools. To add capacity, I added an inner door that would allow me to add more stuff on both sides. At this point, I’ve got everything in there and still have more space. I need more planes!