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Project by prcoulson posted 12-03-2015 04:20 PM 6288 views 83 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the hanging tool cabinet from Fine Woodworking. I made it a little wider and a little shorter. There are a few mistakes and things I would do different but overall I am very happy with it. I still have a few minor things to do to it like finish the four drawers that go on the outer cubbies below the plane till and build a holder for the router planes. I am happy with how the tools are organized Basically I have grouped all the main tools where you have easy access to them then behind the doors are the secondary tools like: rasps, mortise/skew chisels, calipers, french curves, carving chisels, etc. It is made primarily of Butternut, Walnut (old flooring), and baltic birch plywood. If I get a chance I will upload more pictures. I hope you like.

UPDATED: Added more pictures

-- patrick





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nkawtg

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 05:21 PM

That’s very nice, I’m envious.

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 06:21 PM

Awesome! Favorited for sure!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 07:18 PM

Very nice, waiting for more Pic’s. I need to build one real soon!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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bobasaurus

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 07:44 PM

That is an absurdly nice cabinet and collection of tools, well done. How did you make the chisel racks? I tried to make one once but it didn’t seem secure enough so I scrapped it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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prcoulson

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 08:54 PM

Andre, I will add more pictures tonight along with a separate thread on the bench I also built.

Allen, The chisel racks were relatively simple, 3”8” hard maple, 3 – #8-3/4” screws. I did not go with a standard measurement like you see in most magazines. Instead I used my dial calipers to determine the circumference and the same point on each handle and then marked that measurement on the board. Then I would drill the whole rack at once going in ascending drill order to be efficient (i.e. all 1/2” holes, then 5/8”, 3/4”, 1”, etc.), It is not so noticeable here but it really is on the carving chisels and behind the door with the rasps. I really tried to keep all the tools in logical groupings so I spent most of my time laying out tools on cutouts of paper, then taking a picture once I had it figured out. Maybe I will include one of those pictures as well. After the layout was done I would say it only took about 5 days to build. Pretty quick actually. I was surprised. Figuring out the tool rests was the most fun. A few use strategic magnets but most are purely “mechanical”. Also the cabinet has no saws. I am making a separate saw till for those.

-- patrick

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 08:55 PM

This is a fine tool cabinet and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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bobasaurus

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#7 posted 12-03-2015 09:55 PM

So they they just sit on straight holes, no taper needed to match the socket shape? Looks like it works well.

-- Allen, Colorado

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prcoulson

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 10:05 PM

Allen,

Yes no tapers. A couple I have staggered holes i.e. a through hole of 3/4” and another at half depth, maybe 1” diameter. The example of that is the mallet on the lower right. For the most part everything is pretty straight forward and everything is very secure and stable. I am not worried about any tool falling out. The interesting holds are for the large mallet, dial calipers, marking gauge, pencils, tramel points, dividers, card scraper, marking knives, and dovetail marking gauges.

-- patrick

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BigDaddyOf5

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#9 posted 12-03-2015 10:08 PM

That is a beautiful trophy case, I mean tool case. You know what I mean. Great job!!

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ronniebo

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#10 posted 12-03-2015 10:45 PM

Waddya mean mistakes???
Aren`t they in everyone`s projects?
So wot`s a project without modifications.
Well done PR
RB

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ronniebo

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#11 posted 12-03-2015 10:47 PM

I`m only envious `cos I`m still practising many of my mistakes on projects for other people.
I`m sure that if I ever get to a project of my own it will be perfect???
RB

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ronniebo

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 10:48 PM

Come to think of it I`m sure my rulers are all faulty.
RB

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prcoulson

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 11:08 PM

Simple mistakes mostly because I “rushed” it. Dovetails are not as tight as they could have been, A couple of the magnets are 1/32” proud, a couple of magnets that are next to one another are slightly out of alignment, tear out on the bottom os come of the tool rests. One of the doors is “warped” – although square, it seems to be better now that it is attached to the cabinet. I keep telling myself it is meant to be used, not a piece of furniture, so I am not letting it bother me but you definitely could not sell it. Well maybe the tools in it but definitely not the cabinet. :-)

-- patrick

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bonobo

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 11:09 PM

Great cabinet and nice kit of tools. I think a lock would be in order.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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prcoulson

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#15 posted 12-03-2015 11:30 PM

Hopeully this does not violate any rules but if anyone can guess the 3 missing planes (by the end of day tomorrow 12/4/2015) I will send them a set of 3 brand new veritas dovetail marking guages that I never used and that did not make it into the cabinet (I went with the Sterling Toolworks instead). If it does let me know and I will take down this offer…

-- patrick

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