Wall Cabinet Contest
March 1, 2005
Entry Details

# 120
Jeff Scott
Vina, AL
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   Open 39
  Height:   39
  Depth:   Open 5 1/2
Materials:   Mahogany, Ebony, Mother of Pearl, Oak and Poplar
After I saw a picture of Henry Studleys tool cabinet in the Tool Box Book I decided that it would be a good ideal to have all of my most commonly used hand tools in one convenient place over my work bench. Though similar in appearance to Studleys cabinet my cabinet is very different in design.

The backboard is solid mahogany. It is rabitted around the edges and floats in dado cuts inside the carcass. The backboard itself has dovetailed slots that the oak ledgers slide in. The oak ledgers have a 45 degree lip and are also mortise and tenon through the sides. There are no screws or nails in the back carcass.  It is held together by  interlocking hand cut joinery.

The cabinet has a hand rubbed tung oil and briwax finish.

The cabinet is faced with solid ebony with inlayed Mother of Pearl.

With the aid of lift up trays, the cabinet easily stores over 200 hand tools  that  are easily accessed and inventoried. The drawers are padded and felt lined. The cockbeading is mahogany and ebony. The drawer pulls are ebony violin endpins. The sides and backs of the drawers are made of poplar.

After  serving in the first Gulf War, I was stationed 3 years in Hawaii where I became interested in woodworking as a relaxing and stress-relieving hobby.  Now, I work as a  service technician for a major communication company by trade and an avid woodworker during my free time.

Judges Comments
AJH : Incredible. Not only does this have a masterful appearance, but you obviously spent many hours in the design phase to see that every tool has a perfect spot -- and that each spot was measured and fitted precisely to accept that tool. Far too nice to hide in the shop.
DM : Tour de force! Incredible piece. Obviously this was a labor of love that absorbed hundreds of hours. Outstanding workmanship throughout, beautifully executed.
EW : This cabinet is a triumph of detail and function. The sheer number of design decisions that went into this cabinet are mind-boggling to me. And, your execution is a fine reflection of the ambitious and sublime level of detail you have brought to this piece. Though the motifs are derivative, you have put your creative imprint firmly on the rendering. A major accomplishment and a true heirloom that will keep delivering its delightful functionality every day you are in your shop. Wonderful!
LG : A beautiful job
RJ : This must give you so much pleasure when working. I think it's wonderful with all the attention to detail you've applied to it.

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