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A few years ago I was teaching a class on handplanes when one of the students came up to my bench to ask a favor. One of the main reasons he had signed up for the class was to get me to sign the cover of the December 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking.

On the cover was the Arts & Crafts Tool Cabinet I’d built. He had read the article so many times that the issue was falling apart. I hope he got the courage up to build the piece.

During the last four years, I have been continually surprised by how popular that project is. We quickly sold out of the back issue. And I get requests for reprints all the time. Plus, people still send me photos of their progress on building the cabinet.

Today reader Peter Alonso sent us a SketchUp model of the tool cabinet that we placed in Google’s 3D Warehouse. You can download it (and SketchUp) for


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