|Project by dakotawood||posted 10-15-2015 03:13 PM||9622 views||70 times favorited||34 comments|
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