I know I said back when I did the video of the drawers I was going to do another follow-up video. I will be honest, in many ways, I felt that video is a bit of a disaster, so much that video prompted me to retool my video production capabilities a bit. However, I am ready to move on to other projects and videos, so I decided to finish up the drawers without the eye of the video camera.
The first thing I worked on was the pulls. I went through several design ideas, including sometime on the lathe, band saw, and shaping with hand tools. In the end I went with simple square pulls that taper inward. I did this by ripping a couple of strips of maple on the band saw, with the table set at 15 degrees. Keeping the fence and table in the same position, I crosscut each strip to the square pulls. I sanded them down thoroughly, and glued them on to the drawers. After the glue dried, I put a good coat of boiled linseed oil on each drawer. I let them sit and cure for a week. I then sprayed them with several coats of shellac, and then gave them a light sanding to smooth out the finish.
While completing the drawers for the hand tool cabinet is a significant milestone in its build, I will not call it done. As my hand tool collection grows and evolves, new additions will be made to the cabinet. I will of course document them here and on video as well.
When I posted the pictures of the drawers out on social media, I got quite a few comments about the Asteroids sign on top of the tool cabinet. The sign is an old marquee off of an Asteroids game cabinet that I bought via E-Bay. When I was a bit younger, and not yet married, along with some coworkers, I set out to start build an arcade cabinet. I built a control panel, but never got beyond that. I had the marquee lying around, so I built a small case for it, and put a light behind it. Skip ahead a few years, after moving out of that house, getting married, going back to school for my masters, and several job changes it had been put in a corner of the garage and gotten forgotten about. When I hung the hand tool cabinet, I did a fairly extensive clean out of the garage. A lot of junk gotten thrown away, when I came across that sign. I found that the light still worked, so I put it on top of the cabinet, and plugged it in with the shop lighting. It now displays proudly whenever I am out working in the shop. While the sign has nothing to do with hand tools or woodworking, I often think back at what I had when I made that sign. I was still living on my own, and had a very modest amount of tools, mainly for home renovation. I didn’t have anywhere the woodworking tool capacity that I have today, but yet I was able to build a simple piece that has held up well over the years.
What a journey its been, and will continue to be!