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Old 12-06-2012, 04:11 AM
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Figured I needed an organized display for my new goodies. It would have been nice to build one of those fancy displays you see in Fine Woodworking. You know... dovetails, drawers, mixed hardwoods, swing out doors etc. I needed to get this done fast and I didn't want to buy any material. So looking around the shop I had some plywood scraps for a box, some beaded pine paneling, poplar, 3 1/2" crown mold and a couple pieces of 1x cherry.

I had kind of a loose plan in my head and just started cutting and gluing. I banged this out a few hours yesterday and a few more today. The pics are from my iPhone so excuse the blurriness and orientation...





At this point I decided I'd hang the cabinet with a french cleat. So to get the hanging cleat flush on the back, I set these nailers in an 1 1/2" to act as stops for the pine T&G paneling. I held the panels up against the stops with a molding screwed in from the front...



I used what I had and fell short in a few places. Here I used some rips of pine to backup the crown. Its recessed because it was already that size. Oh well...

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:19 AM
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A wee short again. I had to add some pine to two of the panel sections...





Dug into my vast inventory of house paint and went with Ben Moore "Coastal Fog". Kind of a tan with a hint of green?



Here is the cherry stop that holds the panels against the back...


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Old 12-06-2012, 04:39 AM
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So I had all these little chunks of cherry. I played around with all kinds of ways to display the planes. I finally decided on simple shelves with a back board to screw to the cabinet. Some little interesting detail was needed. After drawing out a bunch of ideas I ended up with this one. I basically took cues from the curves of the bench planes. The cutout on the top I got from the arch on the rabbeting plane and the scraper plane... I just flipped it. Here's my MDF template...



First I had to resaw the backs to 1/2"...


The shelf itself is 3/4". I put a cove on it to thin out the bulkiness. Here is the first one oiled up for effect...


Assembly line...
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:47 AM
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Notice the chisels follow the line of the shoulder plane. That was an accident.






That big opening in the bottom center is for the jointer plane. If I can ever decide which one I want.


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Old 12-06-2012, 01:39 PM
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Nice work, and unlike me, you actually got it done. Congrats!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:26 PM
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Nice work, and unlike me, you actually got it done. Congrats!
My thoughts exactly.

Good job, Bigfoot. A very creative use of surplus materials. Great looking results!


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Old 12-06-2012, 06:26 PM
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Very impressed! Looks great. I see there's a real nice open spot under the router plane for a shiny new #8!
I need to do that real soon before I run out of real estate on my Roubo.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:34 AM
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Wow. Nice job 'knocking it out' !!

Really like the design and use of scraps. You'd never know without the in process pics.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:33 AM
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Beautiful and inspiring.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:33 AM
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Awesome job! I'm guessing that you're spending evenings in your shop, just admiring your tool display.

I have a slight worry about the shoulder plane under those chisels - don't you think there's a chance you might cut yourself as you're picking up the plane?
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