A Tool Cabinet for Studley Fans


An intricate tool cabinet filled with woodworking tools has recently gone up for sale through the M.S. Rau Antiques company in New Orleans.

The cabinet bears some thematic similarity to the famed H.O. Studley tool cabinet in that it seeks to display a stunning array of woodworking tools in a visual, multi-layered composition. I’ve asked the antique dealer for some more information on the provenance of the cabinet, but until we have more information, all we have are these photographs and description to study.

Unlike the Studley cabinet, this collection appears to be more suited to a cabinetmaker than a piano maker or organ maker. This cabinet includes some joinery planes, turning tools, mortise chisels and other tools not included in the Studley cabinet.

The tools in this recently listed cabinet also appear more modern than Studley’s. The handsaw and several of the other tools are clearly of a much later vintage.

I’ll post more information and analysis as it becomes available.

— Christopher Schwarz

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10 Responses to A Tool Cabinet for Studley Fans

  1. Alex A. says:

    Very impressive, though I would be nervous every time I went to pull out a tool for fear of knocking the next one off.


  2. Looks like the price is $150,000. I say we get 150 woodworkers to each put in $1000. I’ll volunteer to keep it in my workshop and all of the other co-owners can visit it as often as they like. Except on weekends, Thursdays, Fridays or Mondays. But any other day is fine, as long as it’s between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. Appointment required. No fat chicks.


  3. Sean Yates says:

    Sudden spike in sales of nitroglycerin tablets
    were reported today across the nation….


  4. turdfighter says:

    After two years with an English chest that would be a huge pain in the butt .

    Where did this go again?!?!?


  5. tpier says:

    After pursuing the site i looked at some of the other things for sale. While the tools look interesting, but Jim Garrison’s JFK files . . .


  6. martybacke says:

    It may be just me, but I start getting eye strain when I look at this cabinet; something about all the diagonals and verticals. Not at all appealing.


  7. Eric R says:

    I see stuff like this and I want to punch myself in the face for my skill level….


  8. Bob Jones says:

    Somebody put the 8 in upside down. Shame. Looks like a real gem.


  9. samcappo says:

    Great Stuff and thanks for the heads up.

    This gallery is 10 blocks from my office and the gallery is open to the public, (I called and confirmed) so I am going to check it out in person. I hope they let me bring my camera in!

    Any curiosities you guys think I should look for?
    Any advice on how to not get thrown out for looking, and not buying? (Obviously I won’t try to touch it!)


  10. wb8nbs says:

    That would look GOOD on the wall of my garage. How much would it weigh?


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