Tool Cabinet Build #1: The Beginning Stages.. Plans and Poplar..

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Well, now that my workbench is finished I can finally start on some badly needed tool storage and organization.

I have been tossing around ideas for a tool cabinet for a while now but have put it off in order to not get distracted and prolong the bench build. Basically I am wanting a cabinet that can be mobile (I am a renter and in the Military so my stuff will have to move eventually) It needs to be able to hold a large amount of tools in a central location. Be a cabinet rather than a chest because I know how I work and I would end up just piling a bunch of stuff on top of the chest which I would then have to move anytime I needed a tool out of the chest lol.

So here are a few inspiration pics.

I would like to develop some type of removable leg structure similar to this..

The shape of the cabinet will be similar to this one I already have with the dimensions tweeked a bit to fit some of the bigger tools into..

And (not that my skills are anywhere good enough to actually pull this off) try to develop the tool storage in a Studley type fashion. I really like that there is NO wasted space in his box and everything has a place and is easily accessible. Plus it is just damn sexy to look at..

So to start things off I picked up about 19bf of Poplar today to get things started.

Now to get my tools together and get some plans drawn up.

Stay tuned….

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 325 days ago

Dude, take a break. You are making us look bad.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#2 posted 325 days ago

Don’t Tell Me My Bidness! :D

I never said this was going to get done anytime soon… hell I still need to install the shelf onto my workbench lol.

-- Eric -

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#3 posted 325 days ago

Don’t mind the slackers. Let’s do dis…

It’s tough narrowing down a design isn’t it? Still kicking around ideas to finish my french cleat tills.

You’ll dig poplar. Some people use gel stains to get some sweet finishes with it btw.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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#4 posted 325 days ago

That poplar looks ready to be worked, sitting on that nice new bench. Start building shit on the new bench, and complete that checklist:)

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#5 posted 325 days ago

I have problems keeping up just reading what your building. Way to go.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 325 days ago

Eric, check out Mike’s(Paratrooper) cabinet:
Best one I’ve seen

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#7 posted 325 days ago

I’ll be watching.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 324 days ago

Aye I like paratroopers aswell

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#9 posted 320 days ago

You might find this one interesting (plus there’s a building instructions):

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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