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Chris Knight

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It is so long ago that I mentioned building this that I thought a small update was in order. Everything that could go wrong has done so and even though it feels like a lifetime, I am surprised it has got this far. It is essentially a copy of the Andy Rae tool cabinet featured all over the web. My troubles started right with trying to copy something else - I have much better luck with my own plans!

It is essentially post and panel construction with veneered panels ( I have been using 1.5mm thick veneer on 12 mm ply substrate and the pull of this buckled crotch veneer has been really vicious. One lower door is a little warped but three others were put in the trash before I discovered how to apply the veneer without making a pretzel of the door. Fortunately I had just enough veneer to complete what you see so far.

I have had to build it up in the shop, it is so large it started being used to a degree from the moment the frame was constructed - had to earn its space! That is why you see the doors and cock beading unfinished for example. Next come all the inside drawers - a whole bank of 20 or so in the top cabinet under the shelf - also plane cubbies etc etc. etc. I update you when it's finished , next year with a bit of luck!



 

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Chris
It certainly is looking fantastic!!! :shock:
That veneer is going to be worth the hassle!
Look forward to seeing how it comes out,
cheers
Philly :D
 

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chris i noticed philly never even mentioned that little plane hiding in that nice tool cabinet 8) 8)
 

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:lol: ...a bit of a drive by gloat methinks :p


Very nice cabinet BTW.....looking forward to seeing it finished :D
 

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errr kev i think a gust of wind must have blew the door open just as he took the piccy :wink: 8) 8)
 

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Chris

It's looking great so far. That mahogany might be a pain but it certainly has the "Wow" factor! 8)

Can't wait to see it finished

Not saying a word about the S&S gloat! :lol:
 

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Very impressive, really like the veneer, must be worth the effort, did you use a vacuum press?
 

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Very, very tasty, Mr K. :D That crotch veneer may have driven you crazy but oh brother, what a sight to behold. Lovely jubbly. =D> =D> =D> =D> That manky old plane has a home that's gonna be worthy of it all right. :wink: Just need a home worthy of the tool cabinet now... May I be the first to offer re-homing facilities? :lol:

Cheers, Alf
 

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HI,

Wonderful job, having the tools in such a nice cupboard really encourages you to keep the workshop space in a tidy way.

cheers,
jon.
 

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Hi Chris

So it really does exist!! How have you managed to stop showing it off before now?

It looks absolutely beautiful.

Cheers
Neil
 

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Thanks everyone,

Yes, when it's finished, it should provide a worthy home for that little plane - and Alf, if I ever have to give it up, I shall definitely think of you :wink:

Waka, yes I did vacuum the veneer but the way I feel at the moment it will be too soon if I never have to do another piece! Just to give you a clue, nearly 10 litres of glue have been used so far in the veneering! (Mind you the sidea nd the back and internal tops/bottomsa are all veneered too, albeit with stuff that was much easier than the crotch veneer).
 

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fine lookin piece Chris...

reminds me I gotta get back to my own one ASAP....
 

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proper job so far Boss. I like it a lot!
 

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Chris,

It looks fantastic. The mahogany is stunning. To think that you were going to have an extractor pipe in the bottom of it!.....:roll:

What does the shell look like - ie with all the doors open?

Cheers

Tim
 

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I was beginning to wonder what you've been up to in your workshop. Now I see. It may be a labour of love, but it's certainly going to be something everyone will love when it's finished.

If you want some help choosing handles, just ask Philly :wink: .

Gill
 

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Chris

Its beautiful.
But its like Trev said, Me thinks its too nice to be in the shop.
Build one of of MDF for the shop. :lol: :lol:

Travis
 
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Chris, it's all already been said. Superb and that veneer really sets it off so well. An absolute masterpiece :shock:
 

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A thing of beauty, Chris.

When it's been finished a few months I'm sure you'll enjoy the warm gloatable feeling more than the memory of the pain. After all, if we're allowed to gloat over a simple tool acquisition (and we are!) how great the gloat of seeing a project like that through to completion. :D
 
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