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Nail / Screw Cabinet of Crate & Spalted Maple

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Project: Nail / Screw Cabinet

Materials: Pine Fruit Crate, Poplar dividers, salvaged pine drawer parts, spalted maple fronts

Galoot Index: Maybe a 7 on a 10 point scale?

Cost: About $12 for the pulls

Back in November 2016 I was inspired to build something resembling Roy Underhill's nail (screw) cabinet to hold the assortment of old-stock slotted screws I always misplace but consistently use on projects. Aside inspiration from St. Roy, I had a little California Prunes crate with a backstory and a need to be repurposed…

The crate was bought at an auction I went to with my Mom (she was a huge antiques enthusiast) that likely set this young boy back maybe $.25 at the time. Anyway, it was just an old pine box, ¾" stock at either end and thin stuff on the back and sides, nothing special. It's been filled with all kinds of things over the years, from comic books to my rock 'collection' to detrius from my childhood desk drawers. Anyway, it was in a cabinet in the garage at home when my wife spotted it. After grappling with thoughts of simply throwing it out, I brought it over to the shop and came up with this repurpose idea.

Add some spalted maple from a flatulent old fellow and we have a great project!

Want to know how it evolved over fourteen months? Here's the Blog Series compliments of a great new feature here on Craftisian!

https://craftisian.com/blog_series/224-nail-screw-cabinet

It hangs very close to the bench, as seen in the first picture above. Used a couple brass hanging rings and they worked great / are very secure. No finish applied to the drawer fronts or labels made, and neither may happen. I like the look of it the way it is! Hope you do too, and as always thanks for looking!

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18 Comments

Looking forward to this old friend.
A galoot for the ages!

Watch and learn, practice and learn, create and learn

Yessir! Got my pics, next come the blog installments.

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Great little cabinet, well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Great job Smitty.  It's much more appealing than my plastic tackle organizers.  And I imagine the latches break a lot less often...  Looking forward to reading the blog when I have some time to spend on it :-)
Thx, Ken and Eric! It’s a fixture in the shop now, and quite full… need another, but finding a matching crate is kinda tough. ;-)

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Hi Smitty! Nice cabinet.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

No chance of it being an exact match but I stumble across crates like that fairly often at antique stores.
very cool cabinet smitty,love the look of that spalted maple on the fronts.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

i love it was gonna say i would have needed more room but i guess you figure that out GR8 JOB :<)))

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Great little cabinet with a great story.
Smitty what is in the Stanley box on the wall adjacent to the screw cabinet?
Great project. 
Supports my perspective of not throwing items away!!  Nicely used piece of history.  
Smitty what is in the Stanley box on the wall adjacent to the screw cabinet?

Planes, of course. :-) It's hinged on the top, so the front opens to a 100, 100 1/2, 101 and 102.

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Updated OP to link to Blog Series function that Martin created today, 30 November! Enjoy!

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Smitty

commented about 5 hours ago
Smitty what is in the Stanley box on the wall adjacent to the screw cabinet?

Planes, of course. :-) It's hinged on the top, so the front opens to a 100, 100 1/2, 101 and 102.
That big ole box for them lil ole planes? ;-)
Praise Be. Good to see that shop.
Nice; love the spalted maple.
Thx Gary!

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