Sunday, September 4, 2011
Shaker Inspired Medicine Cabinet - The Tool Kit
The Full Tool Kit
This is the tool kit I actually used when building this project.
• rip saw, crosscut saw, hack saw
Center (back to front):
• #7 jointer plane, #4 smoother plane
• #62 low angle jack plane, #5 1/4 jack plane, side bead moulding plane, dropped quarter round moulding plane
• #271 router plane, shoulder plane, rabbet plane, #18 block plane
• Hand drill, awl, nail set, mallet
• square, combination square, 3/4" chisel, bit and brace
• file, round file, nippers
• marking gauge, marking knife, flush cut saw, hammer, screw drivers
• dowel plate, pencil (And yes, Dixon Ticonderoga 1388 #2 HB - one of the vintage, good ones from before they sold out!), hammer, folding rule
While working on this project, I wasn't trying to limit myself tool wise in any way. If there were multiple tool options, I tended to use the one that was either easiest or produced the best results. Of course, there are many, many different paths to the same destination. It would be possible to build this project with much less in the way of tools.
With that in mind, I though I would do something similar to my tool kit post on the Shaker Cupboard project. So, here's my take on the most basic set of tools that would create the same final result (different techniques would be required - such as forming the rabbets with a chisel rather than rabbet plane).
The Minimum Tool Kit
This is the minimum tool kit that could be used to build the project.
Back to Front:
• rip saw, cross cut saw, #5 jack plane, #4 smoother plane
• flush cut saw, 3/4" chisel, hand drill, block plane, side bead moulding plane, dropped quarter round moulding plane
• screw drivers, brace and bit, square, marking gauge, knife
• pencil, nail set, hammer, folding rule
I assumed that you would be able to find appropriate hinges and could forgo the tools I used to make my own.
As you can see, you don't need a shop full of tools to make a project. That said, I like having tool options and specialized tools that make some tasks easier, or allow for superior results.
So, will I make a second medicine cabinet using only the smaller tool kit? Well, my son can't reach the Tums anymore, and I have about a billion other projects waiting for my very limited time, so "Nah!"
Not anytime soon anyway...