My Hanging Tool Cabinet

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Project by dakotawood posted 10-15-2015 03:13 PM 8567 views 69 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! 18 months later, I am finished with my hanging tool cabinet. I completed many other projects during this time. I would do a project, then come back to this to work on some more tool holders. Very tedious stuff. I took the design from Mike Pekovich and his FWW Video Workshop Series. The design is fabulous and the videos and instruction he has are top notch. In fact, midway through the build I was hung up on something. I emailed a couple questions to his business email, not expecting much from that. Within 30 minutes I had a response from Mr. Pekovich. Very classy.

The case is built from hard maple. Most of the tool holders are walnut and the drawer fronts are birdseye maple. All the door panels are 1/2” maple plywood. Each door has a door, which creates a lot of surface area for hanging tools. The main case also has small doors up top. All the tool holders are applied with only screws. That way I can move things around if need be in the future. All the dovetails were cut at the table saw with a blade custom ground to 7 degrees. Then the bottoms were cleaned up with a router and straight spiral bit. All the pins were then hand cut. I’m very much a novice at all of this, so I was pleased with the outcome. All surfaces received 1-3 coats of dewaxed shellac.

This thing is a beast! I absolutely love it. I capped it all off with hanging two handsaws that were found in my grandpa’s shed after he died.

Cleaning up the bottom of the tails after the tablesaw

Pins are hand cut

Carcass shelf has through mortises – cut with chisel

Big ol box is ready for hardware

Planed the drawer sides to fit the drawer box

Rasps are held up with a magnet on the backside of the cleat

My father in law built the mallet for me

All of these holders are quite tedious to make

I scored all of the calipers on eBay on the cheap

This was the main change I made in the design. Mr. Pekovich’s cabinet had a huge plane till. I know I’ll never own that many, so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers. To congratulate myself, I purchased a Lie Nielsen 4 1/2 smoother – sweet plane!

My “knife block” – made from toothpicks cut in half… and a plane bottle opener

Cubbies for my block, low angle block, shoulder plane, and Multi Gauge dial caliper

Kaizen Foam for my engineer squares

More storage avail up top

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 03:29 PM

Absolutely awesome! I own all the same tools, I’ll be saving this for when I get around to making a cabinet one day, love the layout!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 03:43 PM

Travis, that’s a great post and project. Nicely described and written, pictures are great and the project is fantastic. I especially like the rasp holder. I see something like that in my future.



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#3 posted 10-15-2015 03:55 PM

A sight to behold. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 05:40 PM

Excellent job, Travis! You, sir, have done a wonderful job customizing this amazing cabinet!

I have watched and re-watched that video series a dozen times intending to build a similar cabinet some day. I came danger close to buying the digital plan earlier this week! I love the knife butcher block idea and the way you secured your rasps. I will likely borrow those details when I get around to making my own tool cabinet. The Kazian foam is also a nice touch.

I got a chuckle out of this statement: ”I know I’ll never own that many [handplanes], so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers.

Ha! You bought a Lie-Nielsen 4-1/2 to reward yourself (Good call, well deserved) and are now headed down the slippery slope of buying more LN handplane goodies! Might I suggest the 212, and then the 62, followed by a 102 and rabbet block plane?

-- Regards, Norm

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 06:44 PM

I got a chuckle out of this statement: ”I know I’ll never own that many [handplanes], so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers.

- AgentTwitch

Me too. Yeah good luck with that, ye slippery sloped sucker!
From one Travis to another – great job.

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#6 posted 10-15-2015 06:57 PM

Very nice cabinet. And a good start to a collection of hand planes.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 10-15-2015 07:35 PM

Very nice! I am hoping to take on a similar project. I have quite a backlog right now so I don’t know when I will get to it.

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#8 posted 10-15-2015 07:51 PM

Awesome, you should be proud of this one.

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#9 posted 10-15-2015 09:33 PM

This will be a great cabinet for your tools and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 10-15-2015 10:34 PM

NICE! Very nice. I almost have to call BS on your comment of “I’m very much a novice at all of this” because I would love to see what you can do if you were not a “novice”. And yes, you should be proud:)

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#11 posted 10-15-2015 10:54 PM

The work is a Tour de force!!

-- Gary, Florida.

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#12 posted 10-15-2015 11:00 PM

Wow ! Exquisite work ! Great photos and details ! Excellent job all around !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 10-15-2015 11:10 PM

Stunning work Travis!

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#14 posted 10-15-2015 11:44 PM

Beautiful work man!

-- Matt Lane,

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#15 posted 10-15-2015 11:52 PM

Everything so neat and tidy. Nothing like my messy shop! Nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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