Tool Cabinet – Plane Storage

Got some storage going to be able to add to the tool cabinet. I now have plane storage with room to spare.  The plane till and well have been completed with some room to spare in both of them.  

Plane/Tool Well

To me, the plane well is the structure that fits in the bottom portion of the cabinet.  In the plan, it includes 2 small drawers and stores the smaller conventional planes, say up to No. 4 side plane.  

It has 4 places for the block plane sized planes.  I own 2 (low angle block plane from Lee Valley and rabbeting block plane from Lie Nielsen).  See the first picture of these 2 planes installed in there small compartments.  Still 2 more spaces in case I ever expand the collection for these smaller planes.  Missing are the 2 drawers for accessories.  Did not complete them yet, but this does not prevent me to at least install the structure in the cabinet.

Plane well to be fitted in the tool cabinet

Plane well to be fitted in the tool cabinet

Plane well to be fitted in the tool cabinet

Plane well to be fitted in the tool cabinet

The right portion of the well is to store bigger planes, I would say smaller then No. 4 or No 4 1/2 sized planes.  The original plan called for 5 spaces but I ended up with 4 besides the block plane storage.  Should be enough for a while.  Stored in these compartments are my Lie Nielsen No. 4 and Lie Nielsen low angled smoother.  

Plane Well in the cabinet

Plane Well in the cabinet

This is the plane well installed in the cabinet, in the bottom most compartment.  There a space between the top shelve of the Well and the shelf that the plane till sits on.  More space for other tools to be stored.  More on that later.  

Plane Till

The plane till in this design of the cabinet is angled to store other planes and is angled within the tool cabinet.  

Plane till - Angled - Tool Cabinet

Plane till – Angled – Tool Cabinet

Stored in till are my No 5 1/2 Jack plane is the left most plane.  It barely fitted from a length perspective.  Next to it is my low angled jack plane.  Both of these plane are from Lie Nielsen.  

To the right of these planes are my 2 router planes (small from Lie Nielsen and larger from Lee Valley).  I also got the Lie Nielsen small shoulder plane.  All the devisions between the planes are in walnut and have milled more of these for expansions at later dates.  

Plane till installed in the cabinet

Plane till installed in the cabinet

Here is the till installed in the cabinet.  You can see the top doors for more storage on top of the till.  

Next steps will be more storage of tools and hanging the front doors of the cabinet. 

Tool Cabinet – Hardware

The next step for the tool cabinet was selecting the hardware.  Yes I know that normally you select this before you do the project but the choice was already pretty much done (from plan) and the dimensions were pretty much set.  

Looking around

So came time to hand the main front doors and some dividers within these main doors.  I went to big box stores thinking that I could find something decent without breaking too much the bank.  I did look at the link from the plans/article from which I am building from and was surprise a bit with the price.  I also did not know the company that sourced the hinges in the plan.

So I came back from my shipping spree and did not find anything quality and did not want to trust my tools that quality.  Yes the price was cheap, but the product was also.  

Went back to the link for the hardware to House of antique Hardware and decided to order the hinges that were included in the plan.  2 products were called for and ordered both (3″ x 2″ and 1-15/16 x 1-5/8) for the install.  

Comments on the products

I ordered both products and the shipping went pretty fast, even for cross border shipping and the price was right.  I was not in a big rush to selected the slowest shipping method.  

Then the hardware came in the mailbox and man was I ever glad I ordered these hinges versus settling for what I saw at my local big box store.  

There is no play and they are very thick plates where I will have no issues trusting these to my tools.  I still need to install them on the doors and panels but so far, just with the visual inspection, they are very well made, move very nice.  I choose the brass colour and matching screws.  

What would made the deal sweeter would maybe include a metal screw to be able to pilot the brass screws.  They are pretty soft and would not want to insert the brass screws directly without doing the hole before with something harder.  Will probably do exactly that when permanently installing the hardware 


Hardware hinges for the tool cabinet

Hardware hinges for the tool cabinet

Tool Cabinet – Doors and structure

The main cabinet structure is finally assemble with a back and the front doors are progressing.  


The shell of the cabinet is finally assembled and the back is now in place and screwed to the main structure.  

Interior of tool cabinet with back

Interior of tool cabinet with back

Back of Tool Cabinet

Back of Tool Cabinet

The shelf is in place for the place till and serve as a divider for the lower part of the cabinet.  The Interior shot has the 2 sides for the plane till (not visible too much, but present).  The panel of the plane till can now be placed on the 2 support and rest on the back and shelf.  

The interior organisation can now start to be built according to plan.  Most of the structure will be built as per plan but the tool holding will vary as my tool set differs.  As I build the different components, the organisation is also being taught off and should progress as there is progress and got some time to put on the cabinet.  


There is 2 front doors to the cabinet that also doubles as tool storage.  Again, the exact tool storage strategy is not quite defined yet.  As with the main cabinet, they are still in the planning phase.  

Joinery of Frames of the Tool cabinet door

Joinery of Frames of the Tool cabinet door

Face frame of the Tool cabinet doors

Face frame of the Tool cabinet doors

Face Frame Joinery of tool cabinet doors

Face Frame Joinery of tool cabinet doors

Front Door Frame for Tool Cabinet

Front Door Frame for Tool Cabinet

Pictures above are some of the shots showing the progress.  They are only dry fitted for the time being and the next step is to put some glue to finalise the setup. They are also missing a small hand plane pass to remove the marks for the proper assembly of the parts.  

The face frames are also missing the panels that are not cut yet.  The wood is selected, still in the rough state.  Before the glue up for the face frames and then to the other frame, the panels will be assembled and rabetted to fit into the groove inside the frame.  

Projects with Logs

There is a place close to home that that had to cut some trees and logs were available to buy for anyone that were interested.  

The logs

Here are the small logs that me and my dad were able to get a hold of.

Walnut Logs

Walnut Logs

Ash Logs

Ash Logs

The criteria was that the dimensions were to fit within the capacity of my band saw to slice.  The Laguna Bandsaw that I have has a capacity of about 12″ of resaw capacity so this was pretty much the diameter capacity of the logs that I could handle. 

Was able to get a hold of 1 log of what I think is walnut and 2 others are Ash logs.  


The plans are the following : 

With the walnut log, about one half will be sliced to cut some platter that will be cut in the horizontal plane, kind of big coasters but bigger.  These will be used to serve food or any other projects.  Just not quite sure yet.  The idea is to let it dry a bit and eventually finish it with a food save type of finish as there is a good chance that it will be seeing some food it the near future.

For the second half of the walnut log and the 2 ash logs, the plan is to resaw in the length of the log to get some boards.  The cut will be made to include some quarter sawn grain.  I have some plans to try to make some small boxes and getting straight grain would make some nice side components.  

First Experiments

This is my first experiment in resewing logs and I don’t plan to make this a career plan to resaw logs but I think this should be a nice experience to resaw and dry the lumber.  Granted it should no yield a whole bunch of lumber but still.  I might actually like to too much, who knows….  

Tool Cabinet – Carcase Redo

Tool Cabinet Carcase 

So this is a continuation of the tool cabinet projet where at my first attempt, I did not pay attention enough to the carcase glue-up that I judged that it was too out of square that I devised to redo the whole case and start again

It is now all glued up and square and happy with it.  

Other Components 

The plane till was pretty much already done and constructed so I was able to fit the components into the new case.  Just not finalized the install of the components yet into the case.  

The Doors 

The Tool Cabinet has 2 exterior doors which I started to cut the different components.  The frame of one of the door is dried assembled but not glued up yet.  This is the inside frame of the door that is assembled.  I still need to fit the parts for the outside of the door and eventually assemble it with the inside frame of each door and fit with each of the doors.  

All the parts are accounted for, but some fitting and joinery needs to be done to have some nice doors and to eventually hang them and hang some tools inside them.  


Once again, take your time.  Although I want this cabinet to be done or advance a bit faster then it is right now (current cabinet is a mess), it is worth while.  I consider that shop furniture are great practice pieces and are not exposed to “customer” and it is normally for you.  

I still want shop furniture to look good though.  In my opinion, it does not mean trash but a good way to practice either a new technique or joint.  It might not be perfect, but it is good practice. 

Tool cabinet components

Tool cabinet components

Cutting boards commission

I’ve been lucky enough to get a second commission of cutting boards from a returning customer.  Here they are still in the rough state 

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned. Still need to be glued.

They are from hard maple and an insert of black walnut.  Nothing too fancy but times 100, it becomes a pretty interesting order.  Yeah Yeah some might say, 100 is not too much but for my perspective, 100 is pretty tall order when completing from evenings.  I am not a production shop, although the second time around, it is starting to be pretty interesting on optimizing some steps. 

Some process taughts

I don’t own a table saw, although, right now, I wish I would for the repetitive rip cuts for when dimensioning some of the parts of the cutting boards.  Specially to bring to width the components.  

Few years ago, I decided to got the plunge saw and a nice band saw.  The bandsaw blade that I got in there right now is not the smoothest.  I don’t expect perfect cuts but the blade is for resaw and not for finish cuts.

This became fun the first time around was how could I efficiently get the edges true.  Well the key here was a sharp blade to minimise the drift and a good setup jointer to make sure the edges were good. A good jack plane helped here too.  

But I do miss the table saw here.  


So the second time around, it is better and ultimately, will take less time to produce the same amount of cutting boards.  The choice of the lumber and the thickness helps here to reduce the time processing the lumber and getting the pieces glued, thicknessed and sanded/rounded over.  

I’m still not production shop but I was able to shave off a few hours for the same amount of product delivered to the end user.  

Please see my cutting board page here for more details  

Shop Update – Cutting boards and Tool Cabinet

It was a pretty slow week from a shop time perspective but still had time to accomplish some work and contribute to a cause for kids illness. Some tool cabinet updates and cutting boards information on the way… 

Tool Cabinet

The tool cabinet has progress somewhat and represent my shop time, advancing the dovetails for the sides.  Both sides are cut and trimmed, ready to be transferred to the top and bottom of the cabinet

I also cut the rabbet in the sides, according to plan.  I originally did not cut them with the original build and can’t really remember why I did not cut them, but when I assembled the original carcase, I pretty much found why the rabbet exists…   Solidify the carcase itself when the back is put in place.  It is progressing but not as quickly as I would like.  This one is purely my fault… 

Cutting boards

I made some cutting boards a little while ago and decided to do a page dedicated to these projects as I build them, how I built them and if anyone is interested in the any of them, give me a shout.  Here is the link to see what I’ve done so far. 

I also decided to give out some of my cutting boards to a foundation that some friends are involved in for one of there Kids which suffers from the Rett Syndrom.  You can find more details here on there web site. You can also find more information on there facebook page.  Search for the “Jade la Peanut” keywords and you will find some publication there. 

Web Site

I’ve also spent some time to get the web site/blog site more up to date from a web perspective and getting some content up and running.  Got some ideas from both shop updates and projects that are coming soon.   Should be a pretty busy time. 

Stay Tune

Tool Cabinet – Outer Shell Redo

Here is the outer shell after the first glue up

Outer shell of the Tool Cabinet on edge

Tool Cabinet on edge

Well it is not anymore.  I was able to salvage the sides and top/bottom for different parts but for the outer shell, I had to mill more lumber to be able to redo it.

Why Redo the Outer Shell

There are multiple reason to have done this.

  • Not square from the get go
    • When I originally glued up the outer shell , it was not square although I did a dry run
    • the shelf was cut too long and not properly fitted in length when glued the outer shell together
  • Crappy dovetail
    • Personally, there gaps that I am willing to tolerate, but not that much.  I should of not glued it up like that from the get go and should of cut the strip to redo them

So back to square 1.5…. Not quite from scratch but pretty close.  But I am not really discouraged by this, just doing what I should of done from poor job and maybe trying to go too fast or too tired when cutting the joints or what ever the reason.

Even though this is shop furniture, I still like them too look good and don’t want to redo it in whatever time because I did a not so good job.  It does practice and shop time and good organisation of tools.

The lumber is now dimensioned for the outer shell and the dovetails are layout on the main vertical members and now time for sawing to perfection.

Enough writing, lets go woodworking.

Shop Update – Hosting and projects

Changes in the hosting

This might be boring but I’ve changed my hosting company to support a local business.  I won’t go into the details of the what’s and why other then the fact that I was more or less happy with the provider that I had and was on the looks for changing company and decided to support a local business of the area.  If you are interested and are in the Montreal, Quebec area, give a shout to techno24 for all your needs.  The migration has been painless and could not have been any happier so far.

So most of my time lately has been on the task of moving my stuff over.


I was still able to fit in some projects, mainly some cutting boards for gifts that came by around easter time.  Some request from friends requested some specific dimensions and was pretty easy to get out the shop and customer was pretty happy with the end results.

It is amazing how much oil can bring the grain out.  I had some walnut that had pretty good grain figure and popped up with the oil was put on the cutting board.  I hope that the end customer is happy.

Shop updates

Been having some issues with the jointer.  I believe that I found the fix but will still call Delta for some confirmation on what could be the issue.  Been passing some time around the jointer for it’s tune up and can’t wait to put a Shelix head on this one.  Will be less maintenance then the straight knifes that came with the original head.  Will try to wait to replace the knives.  They are not due yet but If I can tough it until the replacement, that would be great.

Tool Cabinet

Updates on this one has been a bit slow with the above mentioned updated.  Will also  probably redo some of the carcase as I did not pay enough attention to the squareness of the overall case and now pay for it.  Not major expense in wood, but in time it will take up some redo.  But will need to slow down I guess, better joinery and taking time for the glue ups.

Also came up with some ideas for the internal guts of the cabinet to store the tools into the main cabinet and some other ideas for some of the other smaller tools that don’t belong in this main tool cabinet.

More to come.

Tool Cabinet – More Dovetails

I now have the main carcase done and can now have the official measures for the rest of the components of the tool cabinet and one main component that I wanted to address was the 2 main doors.

They are composed of 2 boxes with a frame and panel top that goes on top of the frame.  The joints for the boxe portion are through dovetails at the 4 corners.

Although I like to report on the progress of the build, I want to the the opportunity to discuss other relating topics to the build itself.


Well to cut proper joints, having the cutting portion sharp is pretty much essential and less dangerous.  This means that sharpening needs to become a habit for hand tools that are being used.

I Can only say to make it a habit to sharpen often, really.  To me, it makes it some much more enjoyable to work with sharp tools.  If you even doubt, go and hit whatever the media you use to sharpen and make it convenient to sharpen.

Same goes to the blades for power tools…  Although sharpening might be not convenient, make sure that you have sharp blades and can replace them when possible.

Dovetails Tutorial

I did follow a woodworking class a little while ago at the Rosewood Studio and we did touch cutting dovetail within the hand tool class, it’s always been a little bit of a challenge, for whatever the reason.  This is not the fault of the class that was taken, just not enough time practicing and making the muscle memory….

I lately looked at the online class at Finewoodworking about building the North Bennett street School in Boston and although I am still catching up, cutting the main carcase dovetails were pretty instructive and I believe I might pickup a few tricks. As with many things, stick with a method and keep at it for a while before changing anything.

So the case is progressing, not as fast as I would prefer, but still moving forward and I am woodworking.  And learning to practice and slow down from the fast pace of the other life.


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