Doors for the Hand Tool Cabinet

I picked up some more plywood tonight to make the doors for the cabinet.  I’ve been buying “shop grade” birch ply, which, frankly, is junk.  Lots of voids and it seems less stiff than I would have expected.  I got a 5′ x 5′ sheet of real baltic birch ply today, for about the same cost as the 4′ x 8′ sheets of shop ply.  It seems like it’s much nicer stuff.  More plus, no voids so far.

I got my son to help me cut this up carefully.  I cut both door faces and several 3″ wide strips for the edging — the doors are going to be 3″ deep.  That will be plenty of room to hang all of my miscellaneous tools.  That’s deep enough to hang my braces which I think are about the biggest (depth-wise).

I think I’m going to put this all together with biscuits.  I dug out my biscuit joiner, which I’ve used exactly once before, 12 years ago.  I’ll make some practice joints to make sure I have everything set up properly.  I should be able to knock these out pretty quickly tomorrow.  The end is in sight!

Door Faces

Door Faces

3" wide strips for the sides of the door boxes

3″ wide strips for the sides of the door boxes

Comparison of Baltic Birch ply (left) to Shop Grade (right)

Comparison of Baltic Birch ply (left) to Shop Grade (right)

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: | 2 Comments

Post navigation

2 thoughts on “Doors for the Hand Tool Cabinet

  1. Looks good!! Have you thought about finish? Hope you make good progress over the weekend.

  2. My main thought about “finish” is that I hope I finish this soon 🙂

    One more cup of coffee and I’m heading out to the shop to make the doors, I think I can get both made before lunch, and sand the outside down and hang it before dinner. Probably just a coat or two of shellac on the outside to seal it against dirt.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: