One of the good things about being in the Air Force is that, if you aren’t deployed, most of us can expect to get a good amount of time off around the holidays. I’m expecting a little over a week off between Christmas and New Years, so I though I’d better start another project to keep me busy and out of trouble.
While working on my Xmas projects I needed a nail punch. I spent 3 hours looking around my garage before I finally found it conveniently placed underneath one of my shop gloves. It was after this and many similar frustrations that I decided I needed a good tool cabinet.
I searched all the stores (sears, home depot, lowes) looking for a good sturdy tool cabinet with features I could use at a price I could afford. Well, nothing was perfect…they were all too expensive, cheaply built, or lacking usable features. This is when I came to the conclusion that I could probably build a better, more useful, and less expensive tool cabinet and learn a lot from the project at the same time.
Below are my plans for my tool cabinet as they stand right now. I scoured the web looking at different ones and finding features I liked in each one, I then took everything I liked and came up with these unique plans. Now mind you, I’m not the best with creating plans. I wing a lot of stuff. I can’t use google’s sketchup on my windows vista box, so I just use powerpoint. I converted my slides to pictures, and hopefully they won’t get chopped when I post them here…If they are chopped, you can click on the picture to open the full size picture.
This fourth picture shows an exploded view of one of the drawers. The method I’m going to use for the drawers can be found on a tool cabinet plans found at American Woodworkers website. Here is a link to the PDF file.
Some details I’ve left out of the plans: I plan on using 1/2” plywood for the majority of the project. I’m trying to save money, yet still build a strong cabinet that will last for a long time. I might try solid wood edging on the plywood, though I’ve never done that before. Certain parts of the project may get solid wood (like drawer fronts) for the sole purpose of looks. I don’t need this to look like it belongs in my living room, yet I don’t want it to look like my 11 y/o built it either…
I have never done a project like this before. I’ve never built drawers or even a cabinet of any type before. So what I’m hoping to get on this blog is some critical thinking. Please, study my plans, ask me questions, and let me know if there are better ways of doing things. I’m still in the planning stages here and probably won’t start this project for another 2 weeks, so it is a lot easier for me to make changes now. I thank you all in advance for guiding and teaching me this wonderful art.
And, as I suspected, LJs cropped the right side of all my pictures, so you’ll have to click each one to see all the details…
-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO