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Hand tool cabinet #1: Past the planning stage ....straight to construction

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 04-25-2010 04:02 AM 1588 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been acquiring a few hand tools over the past few years and am starting to get frustrated in looking for them. I do have a nice Craftsman 50” rolling cabinet and top box but it is fairly full with mechanics tools. I needed a dedicated place for the chisels, hand planes, hand saws, squares etc that are needed in woodworking. I currently have them in a couple of drawers in the big Craftsman box and spread out all over the shop. I decided to build a good sized cabinet that could handle all the tools I currently own and enough room to hold future acquisitions. I got my inspiration from an article in FWW #188. My cabinet is not an exact replica but is close. The cabinet is 30” wide, 48” tall and 14” deep. There are clamshell doors that will hold all my chisels and a few drawers inside for whatever I decide. The main cabinet is 3/4” birch ply, the drawers are pine sides and walnut faces. I didnt use any fancy joinery, rabbets, dadoes and a few screws and glue. I am hoping to have it finished in a week or so. I will hang it above my storage cabinets which will be within easy reach of the workbench. The 2 interior doors are hung with simple hinges, I am not happy with them and will replace with full piano hinges just like the main clamshell doors are hung with. The interior doors give me a lot more surface area for hanging tools. The area just above the 3 drawers will be sectioned off with 1/4” ply for hand planes.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com



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#1 posted 04-25-2010 04:10 AM

great job there , ken .

now we know where to look for the tools first !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 04:15 AM

Cool Ken good looking tool cabinet

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 06:15 AM

very cool Ken, I based mine on the same article. it really is a fantastic cabinet. very easy to custom fit to your needs, and very useful.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 10:36 AM

Look very good.
I need to get more tools and build a similar cabinet one of these days.
Thanks for giving us a look.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 02:00 PM

well done

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 04:14 PM

Having made a similar cabinet (see my projects) & with a second in progress, I can appreciate your project. I’m sure this will be a great visual & functional addition to your shop. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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