Frank Pellow’s a hardworking Canadian woodworker who tirelessly documents his projects so that others can learn little tips and tricks from him. He kindly sent over a selection of woodworking project threads he started in both FamilyWoodworking and SawmillCreek so that I could share them with my ToolCribbers.

In Frank Pellow’s Tool Cabinets Project he documents the two tool cabinets he built for his daughters.

What I find the most useful in reading this thread is that Frank’s so faithful in documenting his process – by showing his mistakes and his solutions to them we get to learn (and relearn…) right along with him.

For example – here’s Frank relearning why haste makes waste:

“Everything about this cabinet is quite straightforward and things would have gone batter if I had paid more attention. I was rushing and, as a result, had to backtrack and redo three different things. For example, here is a photo of a narrow bin stop being glued to the edge of the bottom shelf… and here it is being removed with a chisel:”

In this thread you also get to see Frank wrestle problems of space limitations:

“The second cabinet that I made (for Kathleen) has to fit into a space where the outside doors could not be open wide. In fact there will be only about 2 inches of clearance on both sides of the cabinet. This would not leave sufficient space to open the interior doors. If I tried to fit Kristel’s cabinet into that space, I would only be able to open the interior doors to a 49 degree angle.”

So go enjoy Frank’s Tool Cabinet Project thread at FamilyWoodworking!

And be sure to read The Story of a “Forum Assisted” Woodworking Shop: Frank Pellow’s Shop Build Journal if you’re designing your own shop or looking for ideas to improve your existing wood shop.