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

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 08-31-2013 03:15 AM 2336 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



9 comments so far

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lysdexic

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#1 posted 08-31-2013 03:24 AM

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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Airframer

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#2 posted 08-31-2013 03:30 AM

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 - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 08-31-2013 04:06 AM

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

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-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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sb194

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#4 posted 08-31-2013 12:45 PM

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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Don W

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#5 posted 08-31-2013 12:55 PM

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

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 01:18 PM

Eric, check out Mike’s(Paratrooper) cabinet:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77585
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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RGtools

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#7 posted 08-31-2013 01:34 PM

I’ll be watching.

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

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Tugboater78

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#8 posted 08-31-2013 05:12 PM

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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yuridichesky

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 02:47 PM

You might find this one interesting (plus there’s a building instructions): http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45871/quick-to-build-tool-cabinet

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

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