Hanging Tool Cabinet

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Project by Tony Mirabella posted 02-03-2009 05:18 AM 5546 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, all. This is my latest piece of shop furniture, a hanging tool cabinet. The case is all birch ply. The shelves are all held in place by dadoes/rabbets and enough glue & brads to make Norm blush. The door is pine and constructed using pocket screws (no mortise & tenons just yet) and swings on a piano hinge. Held to the wall with a french cleat.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it and it was a lot of fun to build. Considering that I made it up as I went, it turned out pretty good. Not without a few mistakes though (note the superfluous dado in the top left corner). I plan on replacing all the pegboard to the left with a couple more of these, and then maybe another one to hold all my bicycle tools.

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#1 posted 02-03-2009 05:46 AM

Nicely done… and timely for me.
I was just starting to browse around for cabinet design for my own sawdust room. I kind of had this idea… but since I am still an amateur I thought I’d use some cheaper fir ply. I wasn’t sure what joints to use and I wasn’t sure quite how to drill pocket screw holes since I don’t have one of those fancy Kreg tools. I thought I’d use quarter inch ply where you have the pegboard since it is a long reach over my bench top and I’d like to keep the saw dust from filtering in. However, I have the drill brace you’re showing, so that would be a neat display if I hung it on door pegboard… oh, the ideas one can get from this site… it gets addictive. Did you apply the Golden Mean discussed by Karson, et. al., on this site? I got carried away with that too…

I was in Lowes to buy electrical boxes to update the lighting and I came home with a Delta 12 inch drill press—(of course that raised my wife’s eyebrow), but they had it on clearance for only $98. I should be able to drill pocket holes with it? It works great in my extremely limited space.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 06:10 AM

Well done! I like how you used available tooling and skills. Looks like a great addition to your shop!


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#3 posted 02-03-2009 06:29 AM

Very nice tool cabinet, smooth & clean – and most importantly its functinal.
Great job, Tony!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 06:51 AM

the storage of tool begins with having the tools to store…thus… the storage is built with the tools to be stored…there is so much nutball logic potential here that I can’t contain myself….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 07:43 AM

Very nice! I myself started a cabinet very similar tonight. Grey pegboard and all. But mine is Maple ply, dimensions 2’ X 3’. im guessing that yours is very similar. That pine door came out nice. how thick is the cabinet?

And dustyal, i would recommend the Kreg jig, it is indescribable how much it helps and how easy and accurate it is to use.

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#6 posted 02-03-2009 08:07 AM

Very nice! You’re going to get a lot of use out of that for many years. Great job…


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 01:44 PM

Nice cabinet.

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 03:53 PM

Very nice! I have had one of these on my to do list for some time.

-- Greg Leighty

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Tony Mirabella

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#9 posted 02-03-2009 03:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!
Dustyal, I’ve seen shopbuilt jigs that allow you to drill pocket holes on a drill press. But, for $40 bucks, the Kreg R3 is a no-brainer. Certainly one of the most versatile gadgets in my shop.
BarryW, if I think too long about stuff like that, I’ll start to try to unravel the mysteries of the universe and make myself go nuts. Careful.
MTBryan, Yeah, its about 36” x 23”. I made it 4” deep, with the rear pegboard inset about 3/4” to allow space for the cleat. That makes it a little more than 3” deep for storage, which is just about right for anything that’ll hang on a peg board.

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