Tool Cabinet, preview

I have the base almost complete (I will document that in other postings) and couldn’t help but put things together to see how it all looked together.

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Tool Cabinet, doors, complete

I finished the doors today, well mostly.  I still have to cut down the horns and figure out the knob situation.  Here’s a few shots of them with a single coat of boiled linseed oil on them.  The panels are quarter-inch baltic birch ply as is the back of the cabinet.  I wasn’t sure how it would look with the cherry, but I think it complements it pretty well.  The two panels are cut from the same original panel and have just a single panel saw (and a bit of hand plane shavings) difference between the grain lines.

And opened up with the shelf and back.  you can see the unfinished wood on the back.  I’ll put some BLO on that after flush trim the horns (I finally ordered a flush-trim saw).  I think I am probably just going to use BLO and wax on this as that is easily renewable.

And in case you were wondering, this is what the original door looked like.  I like the panel, and will likely dismantle this door and use it someplace else.  Waterlox original on the panel and a some mix of milk paint on the frame.  I can’t recall what the colors were.  Half blue/half black maybe.

Hardware Installation Blues

I’m not sure what it is about installing hardware, but if something is going to result in a project failure, that is usually it. Finishing, not a big deal, I can make things look pretty nice. Joinery is getting better (M&T seem to be easiest for me). But installing a six butt hinges on two doors so that everything aligns perfectly, with an even gap? Ay Carumba. Maybe it is because every article seems to leave hardware installation to a sentence or two-“”Finally, install your hinges and catches and enjoy your new Hepplewhite Secretary in a weekend (with biscuits and gravy)”. Same with classes. “Well, we’ve run out of time, so go home, finish sand, apply your finish and install your hardware.” There are whole books and video series on finishing, so if you can’t figure that out with practice, you just aren’t trying IMO. Installing hardware other than locks? I’ve seen very few that were well done.

Maybe I need to buy 20 hinges and just practice installing them on random pieces of furniture throughout the house.  “Yes, I think we do need a salt-box toilet tissue dispenser.”