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Blog entry by Bluenote38 posted 11-06-2017 07:09 PM 2174 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: In the begining Part 2 of Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax series Part 3: Some Initial Sketches »

Of course not – I’ve been thinking about this for about 6 months. And like most have done a LOT of internet searches on “Tool Cabinets”; “Toolboxes”; “Tool Chests” (Yes I have the book); “Hanging Tool Cabinets”; “Tool Hanging”; “Tool Storage” and several more permutations. If you think I may have missed one let me know.

There are hundreds of solutions, as many as there are Woodworkers, and so many great ideas. These are a few:

Which got me to ask, what do I really want in a cabinet. Several things it seems: – I want a place for my hand tools and a place for my power tools (Yes, I use them – sorry if you find that offensive) – I want to be able to actually see 60% to 70% of my tools – I want to be able to remove and replace oft used tools without having to dig behind something. – I want tools to hang securely or be able to be secured easily, I hate things that rattle and bang around. – I want the cabinet to be mobile so 2 years from now I can roll it onto a moving truck. – I want it to look good! Maybe not H.O.Studley good but at least showcase some of my experience and technique.

This has led me to a Chest on Chest design with the upper chest for hand tools and the lower with doors and slide out trays for power tools

And I think I’ve decided on a multi-door approach for the upper cabinet

I think I’ll do some hand sketching

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 11-06-2017 07:22 PM

Bill, first and foremost a heart-felt Good Luck on your upcoming build. Aside from that, the biggest caution (if it could be called that) I can offer concerns size. Having recently completed my ‘Not Wall Hung’ tool cabinet, I’d suggest it met all of my needs BUT only after extra-deliberate consideration was paid as to what would fit into it AFTER it was completed.

The dimensions of my cabinet were based on the dimensions of material I intended to use in construction vs. a more thoughtful analysis of how things would fit. It ended fine, but I’m suggesting it could have gone better. Especially in deciding the depth of the cabinet overall (for nested doors, block plane cubbies, etc.). Books and illustrations don’t really give you a sense of scale that’s needed, so take some time and play with dimensional layouts to get a true idea of the space needed for your key tools in context of your intended cabinet design.

Looking forward to a blog series of your build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Bluenote38

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 07:40 PM



Bill, first and foremost a heart-felt Good Luck on your upcoming build. Aside from that, the biggest caution (if it could be called that) I can offer concerns size. Having recently completed my Not Wall Hung tool cabinet, I d suggest it met all of my needs BUT only after extra-deliberate consideration was paid as to what would fit into it AFTER it was completed.

Looking forward to a blog series of your build!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Roger all – thanks for the tips Smitty. Your comment is exactly what I was hoping for :-) Some feedback and “tribal knowledge” so I can avoid some of the not so obvious pitfalls. I think I’ll go layout some tools on cardboard tonight.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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glideking

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 09:23 PM

I am right there with you on this one. I must be able to get all tools and put them back with one hand. No twisty fasteners to mess with two hands. I am struggling to learn Sketchup while I get some ideas together for mine.

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Bluenote38

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#4 posted 11-06-2017 09:53 PM

I am right there with you on this one. I must be able to get all tools and put them back with one hand. No twisty fasteners to mess with two hands. I am struggling to learn Sketchup while I get some ideas together for mine.

- glideking

I need to learn Sketchup!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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glideking

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#5 posted 11-07-2017 05:05 AM

Biggest beginner tip I can give you on Sketchup is to learn how to use “groups” and “components” early in your struggle! I gave up a year ago but I tried it one more time this week. There is too much I need this ability for. I have already made major changes to this cabinet before making any sawdust.

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Bluenote38

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#6 posted 11-07-2017 10:58 AM


Biggest beginner tip I can give you on Sketchup is to learn how to use “groups” and “components” early in your struggle!

- glideking

Sweet!! I tried it last night and just about gave up. But then I didn’t use a tutorial…maybe I should.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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