A Hand Tool Cabinet: Lumber Selection
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
Work is slow on the tool cabinet. However, I scored a good deal on the lumber for the project. As a result, I now have 40 board foot of nice cherry. The mill listed the lumber as 4/4. However, the it’s all closer to 5/4. Additionally, the boards are all straight, clear, and over 9-inches wide.
I cut all the boards to rough length, and thicknessed them to 1/8th-inch over final thickness. Now, I will wait another week or so for the boards to acclimate. Then, I will finishing milling them at start work on the case joinery.
I would love to use cherry plywood for the door panels. However, I’m can’t find anything 1/2-inch thick. It seems to be available in 3/4 only. If I can’t source cherry plywood, I will use maple. It’s easy to source in 1/2-inch, and should give some contrast once the cherry darkens.
If you know of an Atlanta area dealer that stocks 1/2-inch cherry plywood, let me know. Thanks.
Check out my previous post on this project: The Mockup
You can also check out my next post here: A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Case