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Project by poopiekat posted 07-11-2016 03:11 PM 2745 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cabinet I made as the latest, and hopefully the LAST revision to the tool storage problem in the Poopiekat workshop. My goal was to use up as much of my salvage, scrap and hardware and spend as little as possible.

I am putting aside all my surplus vintage tools, I mean does anyone really need six Stanley sliding T-bevels? My aim here was to select my favorite old tools that I use often, (that process is continuing) and make them instantly
at hand. I designed this to use space as efficient as possible, using a footprint of only six square feet in my tiny workshop.

The cabinet sits on a 24” low table I made from salvaged white oak legs from somebody’s wood pile, using angular brackets inside the apron perimeter. Reason for a table is that I’m just not able to access stuff stored way down low. I will start on my Anarchist-styled toolbox which will sit on casters, so I can roll it out to retrieve less-used tools. The table top was from an old chicken coop which was out to the weather for a couple of years. I wanted a drawer that would accommodate a few 24” items, a couple of Starret and Brown&Sharp rulers, huge turnscrews and other things beyond the capacity of most drawers.

The cabinet body is 55” high, 15” deep, with doors adding another 5 ” to the depth. I really prefer pegboard as much as possible, and this cabinet employs components from an earlier pegboard project. There’s an extra, swing-out saw till, a pull-out platform for my block planes, and six drawers for my assortment of must-haves, like Vix bits, scrapers, and other easy-to-lose doohickeys.

Either this works, or it’s back to the ol’ drawing table for another effort!
Hope you like!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 03:18 PM

That’s a great looking cabinet. It must have taken quite a bit of time to figure out the order and placement of your tools. Very well done.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 04:27 PM

Awesome work Poopiekat!

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 07-11-2016 04:41 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, guys!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 05:06 PM

Stellar job on the tool cabinet, poopiekat…....You must be a real hand tool guy…!!

It’s been a while since you’ve been on…...Were you taking a sabatical..?

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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rtbrmb

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#5 posted 07-11-2016 10:01 PM

Very impressive….well executed.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 07-11-2016 10:24 PM

Thats amazing. Well done!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Don W

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#7 posted 07-11-2016 10:38 PM

Very nice cabinet.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 07-12-2016 01:03 AM

Very efficient looking storage! I like the mix of pegboard and shelving…

-- Jason

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poopiekat

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#9 posted 07-12-2016 05:05 AM

Thanks to everyone for the great comments!
I should mention that the innards are sorta modular, and I could change it up if I decide to increase storage capacity for one thing and less of another. The hardest part continues to be choosing one or two of an item, like push-drills for example. I got one Yankee and one Miller’s Falls, my two favorites but I can’t commit to just one.
And don’t get me started on planes! I own a few of ‘em, imagine what it’s like selecting one numerical each from the herd!
Anyway, the plan is to keep the tools I really use in this cabinet, at comfortable arms reach. The surplus tools, and things I rarely use, will go into the rollaways for future reference but far from the work area.

Again, I appreciate the feedback, and you guys have put this project into today’s top 3. wow, Editor’s choice too! I’m surrounded by good people here!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 07-12-2016 05:12 AM

Here’s some more views, at various stages:

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 07-12-2016 01:54 PM

This is a wonderful 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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#12 posted 08-30-2016 06:04 AM

you have built a beautiful cabinet for your really nice collection of tools, i think you would make a great teacher of the woodworking craft, i hope this one works well for you.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 12-06-2016 10:10 PM


And don t get me started on planes! I own a few of em, imagine what it s like selecting one numerical each from the herd!

It shouldn’t be any harder than choosing your favourite kid ;-)

I like this cabinet. Well done.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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