Nail Cabinet

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This is based on an article by Chris Schwarz in the Popular Woodworking magazine of February 2014. The 21 drawers hold fasteners that take up too much space and are hard to find when you need them.

For me, it was practice for when I need to re-do the kitchen cabinets. I tried hand cut dovetails for the case. The drawer fronts required lots of rabbets and use of chisels and planes. There are three coats of water-based polyurethane topcoat on top of oil-based natural and cognac colored stains. Each drawer had to be custom fit to each space; and they took me four months to finish. Keeping track of which drawer fit into which space was a job by itself. The card catalog pulls are from Lee Valley.

One thing that amazes me is that the original nail cabinet was a modified old crate by a guy in his garage in Washington D.C.. Years ago, Roy Underhill bought it at a garage sale. It’s on his TV show on the back wall. Chris Schwarz made one and wrote an article about it. Now it’s famous. The guy who made the original probably never knew the impact it would have with woodworkers.

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