Tool Cabinet Hinges

December 20, 2016 5 comments

Purchasing Hinges is something I put off until the last minute. I want to purchase them locally so I can feel their heft and think about how they will fit into my project. Typically I end up on line after being very dissatisfied with what available. The tool Cabinet deserved some quality Brusso Hinges. They are more expensive than the local stores but I appreciate the quality. I’ve chosen stainless steel Hinges for the cabinet, the contrast to the cherry catches my eye.


Installing hinges is one of the tasks that gives you instant feedback if you do it poorly. Carefully chiseling, than routing out the waste I make mortises for each hinge.


Focusing on one door I carefully install the hinges and make adjustments to center the door. Once both doors are in I carefully plane the center rail until the doors close without binding. The door on the right is carefully chamfered so the two will pass each other. Anyone else have some good hinge sources?

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New Apron

December 16, 2016 Leave a comment

A couple of years ago while wandering around Hand Works I had the opportunity to meet Jason and his family from Texas Heritage Woodworks. I know from my instagram and blog friends that many of you have also spent time with Jason. I enjoyed the brief time we talked and was struck with the quality of his workmanship. If you are looking for an apron, tool rolls, stickers or other items you can’t go wrong.

Fortunately when my birthday came around a couple of months ago, Jason took time out of a very busy schedule to add a logo designed by my wife to one of his awesome aprons. I couldn’t be happier. There is something special about knowing the people who make the products you use. Jason, consider yourselves back door neighbors!

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Tool Cabinet Door Install

December 13, 2016 2 comments

Now that the cabinet doors are assembled and glued, the center stiles are a great addition. I would not hesitate to add them in another project. Next up door fitting…this is one of those parts of woodworking that you enjoy or become frustrating. Fortunately my cabinet is fairly square with only a slight bow along the side. After cutting the rails to length I sharpen up my plane and begin shaving the sides down to fit. After the first door is snug I move onto the second. It’s a slow patient process, but within an hour it’s close to completion.

At this point I want a very snug fit and will plane the doors again when I fit the hinges. The tight fit allows me to mark both the doors and cabinet sides without fear of movement. I also realize that when the hinges are attached that the doors will no longer meet in the center and I’ll be able to plane them to meet.

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Tool Cabinet Door Panels

October 5, 2016 2 comments

Since deciding to have double paneled doors it seems that I have been fighting the two stiles that I made. The cherry decided to split after completing the grooves. In an act of defiance I used them anyway and moved on. Nothing fancy about the panels just planed down the sides to fit the grooves and put them all together. The center stile was no problem and I’ll use it in other projects since it seems to really add to the appearance.

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Tool Cabinet Door Joinery

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

With all of my stock dimensioned, the first step is plowing the grooves for the panels. As I have shown in the past I used a clamp to steady each board and used a Veritas plow plane to make the grooves. It only took a couple of hours to get them all done and I had very little trouble. I do like the upgraded plow plane and if you haven’t let Veritas make the change I’d go ahead. Although I had little trouble with loosening set, it’s nice to have some extremely reassurance. 

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Cabinet Door Joinery 2

September 25, 2016 Leave a comment

After a couple of days with intermittent rain I noticed a little twist in a couple of the rails so I did my best to plane them straight. That’s one of the problems of spreading your project out over many weeks. The doors are held together with mortise and tenon joints and thanks to previous practice on the back my process has improved.

For little extra to the doors I added a stile in the center so tehe doors have divided panels.

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Hanging Tool Cabinet Doors

September 25, 2016 2 comments

Long weekends are made for woodworking projects, there’s time for the family, kayaking and woodwork. Beginning work on the cabinet doors brought to mind the need to carefully dimension all of the parts, removing any twist. Hand planing one side and both edges I turned to the planer to make sure everything is parallel and consistent. Then a final hand planing to remove any machine marks and eliminate as much sanding as possible.

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