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Workshop #4: Tool Storage

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 02-13-2008 04:52 PM 1070 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the idea of an outdoor workshop comes a host of other problems. Securing tools and storing things like sand paper and drill bits becomes more and more of an issue. Simple cabinets might not really be the answer here either. After all, I hope to be able to have a real shop someday down the road (provided I can’t get one sooner ;)). Storage would need to be movable, though not necessarily portable.

However, last night I recalled something I saw in an issue of Fine Woodworking. It was a free standing tool cabinet based on a 18th century secretary reproduction. It was beautiful, a masterpiece in the truest sense of the word. It was built for blended woodworking. Cordless drills rested in custom holders next to chisels and mallets. Sandpaper hung on walls just beneath dovetail saws. In short, it was awe inspiring. I wanted one.

Unfortunately, I felt it was well out of reach. It wasn’t until just moments ago I recalled that Lee Valley actually sells plans for a similar tool cabinet. These things are massive, and lockable. They won’t grow legs and walk away, that’s for sure. So, perhaps, this is an option.

Right now, I don’t need such a large cabinet, but that will change in due course. Right now, my tools are scattered between the back of my Jeep Grand Cherokee and the bookshelf in the tiny room we use as an office. With a proper cabinet of this size, I can keep darn near everything I’d need in it. My circular saw (hopefully a new one that will actually RIP wood!), my drill, as well as my hand tools can be within easy reach. All this could be sealed with marine varnish to protect it from the moisture.

Now, this wouldn’t be the cheap way, that’s for sure. I’d want to use solid wood for this piece. This would be a heirloom, something my son covets as his own someday. A prized posession of the woodworking heirs for generations to come…hopefully ;).

So, my plan is actually, after the move, is to build the workbench first. Then a shave horse. Some various projects to hone new skills, then the cabinet. Right now, I probably still couldn’t build it properly. In time though…it’ll be done and mine.

Then, when a new shop is available, it can be transported inside, where it should probably have a spotlight on it for all time…at least it should if it turns out the way it is in my head :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 08:52 PM

Hi Tomcat,

I have learned that the best way to handle these type of decision is to just dive in and start making some wood shavings. It is the best way to learn. Go for it.

I am sure that once you build the cabinet you will have no trouble filling it up and need another one and so forth. There is no time like the present to get started on these things.

Just do it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 09:26 PM

Scott,
You’ve got a good point there. Still, I should wait until after I move to build it, just so I don’t have to move it :)

After that though, I just may have to do that. I need to build my saw bench in the mean time though!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 10:08 PM

Some of the plans available involve a tool cabinet system that is actually in 3 pieces so you can move it. You can tell by the campaign chest handles on the sides. I personally have a design for just such a system. I haven’t built it yet as my present tool collection is in stealth mode. In other words, if mama only knew…

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 10:14 PM

Good to know J.C.

The only problem with doing it now is that there’s not really a place to put it in the mean time. However, I should be moving in a month or so, so that should fix itself soon enough ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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