Handtool Cabinet

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Project by Chris posted 03-21-2009 03:42 AM 3217 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this to at first to get my chisels off the bench and it kind of filled up on me. It’s based pretty closely on a Jim Tolpin design from a Fine Woodworking publication (my apologies to the Jim if I mangled his name). The original picture didn’t have the pegboard, but I was weak on commitment and added the pegboard.

The materials are Beech, Walnut for the box joint drawers, and Baltic Birch ply for the door panel. I really should have used a hardwood panel for the door, but I ran out of beech :-). I rarely close the door to see it anyway.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 03:44 AM

I love this style of cabinet, Chris. It holds and organizes a load to tools and occupies a relatively small footprint.

Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 03:45 AM

Hey, somebody is thinking….LOL I like that cabinet. Very good design. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 03:59 AM

Is there a reason you made a single door rather than a double? I would be worried about weight of tools on the small screws that hold a piano hinge. Also it would match the drawer layout.

Overall great project. I just asking about design.

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 04:09 AM

If I did it again I would go with two doors. The original design had one, and I liked the way it looked. The cabinet has been up for a couple years now and the door still closes, so I guess it will be ok.

If it ever does start to sag I can take the opportunity to rework it with two doors. Thanks for asking.

-- Chris

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#5 posted 03-21-2009 04:20 AM

I love the pull out at the bottom, great idea. Someplace to put the stuff coming out of or going into a drawer. Nice work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 03-21-2009 04:24 AM

Very Nice. I am also a fan of the pull out shelf. Great work!

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#7 posted 03-21-2009 04:29 AM

Nicely done. The pull out shelf is a great addition and I like the addition of the extra pegboard, can never have enough space for tools.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 03-21-2009 05:31 PM

That’s a great design, love the pull out shelf, drawers, pegboard, door, it’s all good. Nice shop organizer.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 03-21-2009 06:52 PM

sweet! I want one

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 03-21-2009 06:58 PM

Great looking cabinet!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-04-2009 05:51 PM

Very nice. I need one or two or three of those.


-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#12 posted 08-25-2010 05:12 PM

That’s a real nice tool cabinet. I’ve got a whole wall full of tools in my shop where I have tools hanging on plywood and one of my upcoming projects is to build several wall cabinets with storage on on the doors for hanging tools and shelve behind the doors. This will add some more square feet of precious storage in my shop. I like your tool cabinet.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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