TOOL CABINET UPDATE [21st July 2016]

Cabinets like this are always subject to change, improvements, and so on. So basically here’s what several months of use demanded to be changed.

  • One sheet of 3-ply simply wasn’t thick enough for the doors, and some of it got irreparably torn to pieces by my dogs hunting for rats that had passed by! So, I removed all the trim that was left off the doors and cut extra sheets of plywood to overlay the originals, and then re-applied the decorative trim, replacing the sections ruined by the dogs! I don’t have any paint right now, so I’ll do the repainting later.

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  • A lack of paint didn’t stop me from redecorating it though! Top-left is a reproduction American Route 66 metal sign, under that a 1950’s Holden hubcap, on the right is a souvenir rego. plate from my recent holiday to Oz, under that the rego. plate of my Dad’s ag. bike from years ago, and below that a solid brass radiator accessory from a veteran/vintage car. There might be more to come yet!

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  • The inside of the right-hand door was completely redone. I’ve replaced all the little fidgety brackets with four shelves intended specifically for all the different forms of planes that I have.

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  • I started with the three on top, the antique German smoothing plane on the left, the ‘modern’ Thai smoothing plane on the right, which to be honest isn’t very nice to use, and the spoke-shave on top. Dad gave me the German smoothing plane, and the spoke-shave, several years ago. On the next shelf down is the big Record Jack Plane. Dad only just gave me this one, and it is about as old as he is!

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  • On the third shelf is the Record Combination Plane, another gift by Dad several years ago.vOn the fourth shelf are a pair of vintage moulding planes, which I love to use, another gift from Dad recently. All these tools, except the Thai smoothing plane (which is terrible to use by the way – don’t bother buying one when you’re on holiday here!), from Dad date back to when he did his apprenticeship in England back in the mid-late 1950’s.

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  • Below the shelves are a collection of butterfly-style hooks that support my saws, hammers, and mallets. The old panel saw on the left is another of Dad’s old tools which he gave me several years ago. Behind it is a cheap modern panel saw I use for cutting rough wood. Next to them are a pair of smaller saws, the one behind is a cheapie that came with a cheap plastic mitre-block, it has its uses. In front though is a quality Tenon saw that dad bought new for me when I was young. I love that saw! Next is a common rubber mallet, and beside it a pair of normal hammers. Underneath the hammers though is my pride-and-joy – a homemade wooden mallet. I made this just a few weeks ago, and I’ve posted a separate article about that. It’s really nice to use, though I might do a little more reshaping on the handle yet.

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  • Lastly I’ve done a little remodelling inside the left-hand door. I removed the hooks for the heavy c-clamps and replaced it instead with a hook for my 10m power cord which was turning out to be a real nuisance sitting on a shelf. Below that I used proper steel hooks for the corner clamp. I left the sanding-block shelf in place, but I removed a couple of other shelves under it, and instead added a couple of hooks to hang my spanner set and small socket set. This is a work in progress, I’m not really sure at the moment just how I want this done. One thought is to hang each of the spanners individually, rather than in their roll-up, which will probably allow for greater scope in the long-run.

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This cabinet is not just for woodworking, it’s for other things too!

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