Build a Small Tool Cabinet

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Introduction: Build a Small Tool Cabinet

Watch an overview of what goes into building the sturdy and elegant wall cabinet featured in this Video Workshop with Garrett Hack. It’s the perfect project for improving hand tool skills.

1. Sturdy Case with Sliding Dovetails

Get tricks for routing precise sliding dovetails in this episode of Build a Small Tool Cabinet. It’s a clever way to join a cabinet.

2. Face Frames, Grooves, and Dadoes

Learn a unique way of making a face frame in this episode of our series Build a Small Tool Cabinet, plus get lessons on grooves, dadoes, and fitting shelves.

3. Low-Stress Glue Up

Watch the case come together and get tips for easy assembly.

4. A Sturdy Back

See how to make a strong back with three rabbetted panels. Plus, learn how to add a decorative bead with a scratch stock.

5. Decorative Details: Molding and Banding

Get a lesson in elegant details as Hack shows how to make your own molding and shopmade banding.

6. A Traditional Door

Learn the high points of constructing a frame-and-panel door and see how to raise a panel by hand.

7. Hinge and Hang the Door

Find out how to hang fit a door with butt hinges to get a perfect reveal.

8. A Dovetailed Drawer

Learn an efficient way to make a small drawer with half blind dovetails and a simple dado joint.

9. Finishing Touches

Watch Garrett Hack finish off this cabinet as he finally hangs the door, installs a knob and a pull, and applies a finish.

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