Design Concepts #1: Custom Stationary Tool Cabinet

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Blog entry by Unskilled posted 11-19-2009 11:44 PM 1304 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was tempted for a long time to create a tool cabinet like I’ve seen in many books and magazines (Shopnotes’ ‘Heirloom Toolbox’ comes to mind), but wasn’t prepares for such a daunting task immediately since I am a new woodworker. I then decided that I really like my Snap-On knockoff tool cabinet, so I have considered an alternate design to hold a very specific set of tools. So specific in fact, that I plan on french-fitting every tool in every drawer aside from the top.

Raised Tool Cabinet

I have been rounding up, cataloging, and minimising the amount of tools I own (I had 67 screwdrivers in Phillips, Flathead, and Torx). I am on the path to upgrading to a nice set from Lee Valley. I intend these to be my last set of full size screwdrivers, but I will be keeping another older kit of Craftsman Professionals that I have for electronics projects. As you can probably tell, and much the the dislike of many of the readers here, I am design focused over functionality. That’s not to say though that I haven’t given consideration to the functionality of the tool cabinet.

It seems standard fare that there should not be drawer slides in a woodworker’s tool cabinet. I have decided to part from this, opting for a set of push-click-open bottom mount drawer slides so I don’t obscure the joinery. I am planning on incorporating half blind dovetails throughout the project, but those will need just a bit of practice first :)

I’d appreciate your comments. For those who are wondering, it will be mounted on the taller Cast Iron legs from Lee Valley. It took me a bit to draw even those ‘rough’ details in SketchUp. I decided not to draw in the detail to try to retain some of my sanity.

Thanks for reading, and expect a very large series of designs here – design seems to be an ongoing process for me.

-- -- Northamptonshire, England -- USAF Veteran

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