Re: Remembering Frank Kappler


I agree that the slides are the stumble point and you have drawn what I was thinking and was my concern. About the only way to prevent the "slides" from coming off is by gluing them, then drill and screw them in place from the outside. Maybe a lazar mark to line them up. Other than that it is a guess.
After looking over the cabinet drawings I tend to lean more now with the crosswise loading of the wood. Put the largest or seldom used wood toward the back.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Lugg <>
Sent: Mar 15, 2020 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Remembering Frank Kappler

If you look in you'll see
an initial cut for a couple of ideas for the cabinet.  The zip file
contains a DXF file that you should be able to open in most CAD
applications.  I've included a Frank Kappler inspired "original" cabinet
that's shallow and wide, allowing the wood to be stored crosswise.  I've
also included a narrow deep cabinet that allows the wood to be stored
front to back (I read and then forgot what Dave said below about having
a square cabinet - the price of getting old - it would be easy enough to
go back and add that option as well).

Understand, I've designed these the way I would build them with the
materials, tools and skills I have in the shop.  I have no experience
with laser cutting and don't know what the capabilities and limitations
are so I'd need a primer on that before I could modify the design for
that construction method.  One thing I'm really not satisfied with are
the drawer slides.  I'm concerned they are too fragile and would break
during use.  It would be interesting to know how the original cabinet
was designed in this respect.

Anyway, this is a first stab.  All thoughts and constructive criticism
is welcome.

Bill Lugg

On 3/12/20 1:36 PM, wrote:
I am still as strong contender that keeping the box square allowing the dividers to be either across or lenthwise is a great idea. It allows the owner to select his desired wood display by just shifting the dividers which could be locked together as a unit, 90 degrees. The option gives the buyers the option of either way. Strip wood in thicknesses of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 scale inch thicknesses for each drawer would be great. even a drawer for sheet wood, clapboard, board & batton, scribed, could be a bottom drawer as well. I have mine if a long box on edge but flat would be just as good. The drawer if stored vertically would need to be 4 or 6 inches deep. I am not sure what the drawer handles should be, maybe something lazer cut and glued on.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Lugg <>
Sent: Mar 12, 2020 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Remembering Frank Kappler

Has any progress been made with drawings of this cabinet?  If not, I
have some time and could take a stab at it from the info and photos I've

Bill Lugg

On 1/25/20 9:26 PM, asandrini wrote:
Sorry, fat fingers hit the sent button and not the attach button.

Photos attached this time.

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-------- Original message --------
From: asandrini <>
Date: 1/25/20 8:23 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Remembering Frank Kappler

I have been asked to post a couple of pictures of my Kappler Lumber
Company lumber yard.

Photos attached.


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-------- Original message --------
From: "kevin b via Groups.Io" <>
Date: 1/25/20 6:01 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Remembering Frank Kappler

any chance you'd post a photo or two of that box?
i'd like a shot at making one as my lumber yard is in tubes and
scattered to the winds etc.

I had saved mailing tubes to store the lumber, and labeled the tubes
with the sizes. It was a mess and took up a lot of space. One day
Frank walked into my shop and presented me with 7x8x28 inch, 7 drawer
box. The drawers had dividers to hold HO scale 1x2's through 12x12's,
plus two bottom drawers to hold his siding material.


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