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Mike's tool cupboard build (finished)

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 10)

Postby Mike G » 10 Oct 2019, 19:37

I don't think they're big enough for that Andy, but I'll have a look at that possibility tomorrow.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 10)

Postby Mike G » 10 Oct 2019, 19:43

More progress:

I cleared the corner, took all the shelves away, and cut this one to length (it's attached to my bench so it can't go completely):

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I fixed an overhanging shelf to the top of the corner cupboard, then offered everything into place:

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It didn't require any adjustment, so out it came, and I made the bottom shelf. Now, this had to be absolutely bang on as the face frame will finish flush with it, so I made it too big then trimmed it back to size. I then sorted out the best position for the vacuum hose to enter the cupboard, and cut a hole:

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I then put the cupboard back in place and screwed everything in permanently, and stood the Henry in place:

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It's feeling like a new workshop already!!

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 10)

Postby Stargazer » 10 Oct 2019, 20:51

Mike, surely all the stuff that was cluttering up the corner is now just behind the camera?
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 10)

Postby Mike G » 10 Oct 2019, 23:44

It is now........but it soon won't be.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby Mike G » 13 Oct 2019, 20:25

Right, where were we? I've had a good couple of days in the workshop, so I've a little progress to report. Previously, I'd got the bare shell of the corner unit in:

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The next step was to make the face frame, but this had changed a little since deciding to use the bottom of the cupboard for my vacuum cleaner. It had to be really narrow to allow the thing to fit through, so I decided to rip the two pieces out of one ex 2"x1" PAR. The junction angle is 22.5 degrees. I hate moving my bandsaw table as restoring it to square is an absolute nightmare. Still, it seemed a better idea than ripping this by hand:

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I made a piece to capture the top end:

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....and I was really pleased with the edge-join:

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Here it is finished off at the bottom, and with a skirting:

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Next up, the door. Firstly, I painted a couple of ply panels:

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Then after cutting the stiles and rails to length, I routed a groove. note the stiles have the groove continuing around the end of the board (and they go down the other side a little way). This is the easy way to set out a bridle joint:

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Here's the tenon (6mm wide) set out:

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As this was really nice straight grained wood, I decided to chisel away the waste for the tenon, rather than sawing it. It's quicker and generally more accurate in co-operative timber:

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That's done entirely with a chisel.

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The central rail has a tenon only 10mm long either end, just sitting in the groove:

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It was soon glued up:

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I popped up the "cornice":

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Whilst the door is drying, time to take a look at this hell-hole at the end of my bench by the workshop door:

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That's an old bookshelf just stuffed in there and used to hold packing pieces for glue-ups, and some home-made loose tongues/ biscuits:

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That needs sorting. So does this:

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With the shelves moved, all my tool cables trail all over the place across the shelves, and just get in the way. The sockets need to move.

I gave the shelves some attention, adding a bottom shelf and some upstands to the front edge to stop everything spilling out. Then I moved it to the other end of my bench:

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Soooooo much better at the door end:

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I also made a quick little holder for my new glue-up clamping triangles:

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Note the new downstand piece below the bottom shelf:

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After a fiddle re-routing cables, it had certainly fixed the problem. All my power tools can remain permanently plugged in and accessible. note also the switch on the right of the corner cupboard. This is a double pole fused spur isolating switch, switching a socket inside the cupboard. Now the vacuum can be used without opening the cupboard door:

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I hunted around through my collection of old panels and doors, and found this:

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Perfect! I trimmed 10mm of each side, and cleaned it up a bit, then made this from it:

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Those are my most commonly used workshop jigs.........bench hooks, shooting board, and belt sander stand, and they've just kicked about on the floor for years.

I then hinged this carefully shaped piece onto the bottom:

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.......and fitted it into the gap between my tool cabinet and the corner cupboard:

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After fitting a shelf over it, I took it away for painting, and returned to the cupboard door. Here's the first fitting:

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Then with butt hinges let into the edge, and a handle & catch added:

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I then fixed in permanently the jig-holder:

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Now, at last, I could turn my attention to getting my tools sorted into the cabinet. I started by laying out a sheet of MDF on the floor and demarcating an area the same size as the tool cupboard main compartment. I made a schoolboy error, which wasn't to show itself for a little while:

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The biggest thing in the cabinet is going to be the saw storage, so I started with that. I shoved a load of stuff out of the way so I could use my radial arm saw, and made a series of 3/4 depth cross cuts. Chamfering always make things look a bit more interesting:

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I was really please how well this nasty cheap 1/2" ply took the screws holding this in place:

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The dowel at the bottom is self-explanatory:

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At this point, I discovered that the tools above the saw till wouldn't fit as planned. After a bit of measuring and head-scratching, it turned out that I'd laid the board out portrait rather than landscape. Twerp. So, I quickly re-arranged:

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......and got this far before my wife returned after a weekend away, and work stopped:

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby Malc2098 » 13 Oct 2019, 20:56

Proper job!
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby sammy.se » 14 Oct 2019, 10:52

Looking great Mike, thanks for the WIP

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby TrimTheKing » 14 Oct 2019, 11:36

Very good Mike, organisation makes so much difference to how easy it is to get anything done!
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby Andyp » 14 Oct 2019, 12:10

And no matter how much extra shelf space becomes available stuff still ends up on top of the cupboard ;)
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby Mike G » 14 Oct 2019, 14:01

The top of a cupboard is a shelf, Andy! :)
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 11 - nearly done!)

Postby Andyp » 14 Oct 2019, 19:37

True enough.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Mike G » 16 Oct 2019, 18:52

This turned out to be more of a task than I'd expected. Space wasn't so much the issue, as you'll see, but the thickness (well. thinness) of the ply of the doors, 12mm, was pretty limiting. It meant that most stuff needed a backing board of some description. Anyway, it's done:

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Mabel likes it, I think:

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The huge advantage is that stuff which had just sat on my bench was now away, and the bench, plus the all-important shelf behind, were now clear:

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My bench chisels stay in their place in the shelf behind the bench, ,as do my marking knife, bench dogs, and hold-down. What a change from this:

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I'm still working on the handle situation for the door boxes, and stand by for some exciting (!) screw and nail storage on the area of wall between the tool cupboard and the corner cupboard, on the left, here:

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Malc2098 » 16 Oct 2019, 20:27

Nice.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Andyp » 17 Oct 2019, 10:05

Very neat and tidy Mike, although is is a shame that your fore plane has to hang over the edge like that.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby 9fingers » 17 Oct 2019, 10:14

That plane is just ready to prop the door open Andy
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Mike G » 17 Oct 2019, 10:18

I'd originally planned to have the planes in the cabinet, but whilst building the thing they just sort of migrated there, and it seemed like a good idea. Like I've said, this is a working tool store, not a display cabinet.

Bob, are you really telling us that your number 6 isn't in everyday use? ;) :lol:
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby 9fingers » 17 Oct 2019, 11:06

Mike G wrote:Bob, are you really telling us that your number 6 isn't in everyday use? ;) :lol:


I don’t even own a no 6 mike!
I do have a block plane but can’t see it here at the moment and this is my no 4 which is sometimes used for easing the workshop door when it is not propping it open.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Woodbloke » 17 Oct 2019, 16:10

Very nice Mike; you could do with a few more toys though :lol: :lol: - Rob
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Mike G » 17 Oct 2019, 17:08

No, I've got more than enough Rob. So have you. ;)
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby 9fingers » 17 Oct 2019, 17:13

Mike G wrote:No, I've got more than enough Rob. So have you. ;)


When viewing your contents photos I was struck by how few of the tools I have in my collection or indeed need.

Horses for courses I guess.

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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 12 cabinet stocked)

Postby Mike G » 17 Oct 2019, 19:01

I think I'd probably be saying the same thing if I saw the contents of your workshop, Bob. Same hobby.......entirely different approaches, entirely different kit.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 13 small parts storage)

Postby Mike G » 18 Oct 2019, 18:39

Sorry, sorry.....I know how desperate you've all been to see my nail-and-screw storage bins. I've been a bit slow with them, but although not finished, there's enough done to show a few photos. I sawed up a whole of of ply off-cuts, ran a groove along the front and back, and glued a few bits together:

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I then wanted to hot-melt glue the intermediate compartment dividers in, so that they could be moved in future if I found they were in the wrong place> Unfortunately, this piece of junk just refused to feed glue out:

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I decided instead to silicon in the "loose" didviders, in the hope that this would be more easily removable than PVA. In hindsight, I think PVA would have been better:

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Here they are in situ, albeit on temporary hinges (nails):

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So tomorrow they all come off again, and the proper pivot will be fixed in place. A handle/ knob/ finger-pull will also be fitted. A nice feature of these containers is that they just slot out if you wanted to take them elsewhere. I was going to stick a sample of the contents onto the front with hot-melt glue, but that will have to wait until I've bought a new gun.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 13 small parts storage)

Postby MJ80 » 19 Oct 2019, 08:08

Looking great Mike.
Really like the storage boxes, though I can't fathom how they are hung. Is it just a pair of pins near the front, allowing then to slide and tilt forward? it's a great idea to keep the dust down, I have those small plastic tubs and they do my head in.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 13 small parts storage)

Postby Mike G » 19 Oct 2019, 11:53

They're now on little dowels as pivots..the round thing in this drawing:

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The bin is stopped from falling open too far by the bin above it.
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Re: Mike's tool cupboard build (Part 13 small parts storage)

Postby 9fingers » 19 Oct 2019, 12:00

Mike G wrote:The bin is stopped from falling open too far by the bin above it.


now that is a neat design detail Mike. :eusa-clap: :eusa-clap:

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