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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #5: Lower Cabinet Design - Tool Packing

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Blog entry by Bluenote38 posted 11-23-2017 02:59 AM 4455 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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SktechUp – what a great tool! I can change things much easier, explore design options, and visualize architectures far easier. After a couple false starts a bit of learning on how SketchUp works compared to its big brothers the lower cabinet literally came together.

The lower cabinet is expressly to house most of my power tools – the ones I reach for regularly. The multi-tool and biscuit joiner will stay in their respective cases because they just don’t get used much. The rest will have a sweet new home.

Getting the drawers right is always a challenge for me and this was no different. Originally it was 3 equally spaced pull out trays behind each door. Locating and dropping in similar tools from the SketchUp Warehouse (Thanks to all the makers and creators out there) showed me that I had a lot of “crashes” where tools just wouldn’t fit. Because of groups and components moving things around was very easy and in about 30 minutes I had it down.

The result is a 24”D x 33”H x 42”W case with a face frame on 3 1/2” casters. With two drawers over two doors and 6 full extension pullout trays give me just over 20sqft of storage space. I’m thinking I can probably squeeze a couple more feet out of it too.

Next will be to layout my actual power tools on cardboard and see if the theory of the design will work in practice.

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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glideking

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#1 posted 11-23-2017 09:01 AM

Cabinet doors above table hight is fine but having them below table hight in addition to drawers behind them is questionable. It is just one more unnecessary layer to open between you and the tool you need. 2 cents.

Look how far you have come along with Sketchup!

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Bluenote38

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 12:51 PM



Cabinet doors above table hight is fine but having them below table hight in addition to drawers behind them is questionable. It is just one more unnecessary layer to open between you and the tool you need. 2 cents.

Look how far you have come along with Sketchup!

- glideking

Thanks for the direction on the 3D Navigator – GREAT help. And I do agree to some extent on the lower doors but I’m looking for a large field to do some relief carving, inlay, or painting on. So the exterior doors well be framed panels of Bass (any other suggestions on carving woods).

The cabinet is birch ply (no way I can cut dovetails like you are) and I’m thinking of trimming in Walnut or Paduk but I’m not sure about the heavy contrast though the idea was more of a picture frame concept.

Btw – I’m no artist, I don’t really have the eye for it. I’m an engineer by trade :-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bluenote38

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#3 posted 11-23-2017 01:02 PM



Cabinet doors above table hight is fine but having them below table hight in addition to drawers behind them is questionable. It is just one more unnecessary layer to open between you and the tool you need. 2 cents.

Look how far you have come along with Sketchup!

- glideking

Hmmm…. Now that I look at it, I see what you mean, The doors open really look like a pain in the butt to navigate around and I can easily see smacking into one and breaking it off. So maybe I’ll rethink that particular feature. IF they swung all the way back and were flat against the sides then maybe?

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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jonah

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#4 posted 11-23-2017 02:01 PM

I’d omit the doors as well. If you want to keep dust out of the cabinet, make the drawer fronts cover the whole opening. Even with doors that swing all the way around against the sides you’re going to be running into them all the time. Not to mention that hinge selection and mounting for such a circumstance is difficult.

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Bluenote38

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#5 posted 11-23-2017 03:19 PM


I d omit the doors as well. If you want to keep dust out of the cabinet, make the drawer fronts cover the whole opening. Even with doors that swing all the way around against the sides you re going to be running into them all the time. Not to mention that hinge selection and mounting for such a circumstance is difficult.

- jonah

You’re both probably right – great to explore design options with electrons. No Doors version. I think I’ll have to reorder them for height though.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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