Tool storage cabinet

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Project by emetric posted 1425 days ago 3449 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is my latest attempt to organize my shop. I realize that it looks like this is “frakensteined” together, because it is. The goal was to organize my hand tools and buy as little new stuff as possible. The sides of the base are from the very first piece of furniture that I ever made. The rest of the material with the exception of the beadboard panels are scraps from my shop. My neighbor gave ma a large piece of mdf with grey rubber padding attached which I used for the top of the base. I thought about finishing the unit but the love bugs were ridiculous here. The bead board I got from the cull lumber cart at HD for $4 each for two half sheets. I also had to buy hinges and some hardware.

Let me know what you think as well as what tools you either store in your tool cabinets or would store in yours if you built one. All comments are appreciated as I am trying to get the most storage bang for my buck here. Thanks for looking.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

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151 posts in 1428 days

#1 posted 1425 days ago

Nice basic cabinet. It always feels good when you can build something you need for so cheap. As where to put the tools. I would do just like you started ….power tools in the bottom and hand tools in the top.

-- Apple Creek, Ohio

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#2 posted 1425 days ago

Nice cabinet, fill it up with wonderful tools!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 1425 days ago

I like the cabinet. The fun really begins as you try to creatively arrange our tools and to create holders for your tools. I think I spend as much time doing those sort of things as I do working on real projects at times. The cabinet is cool. Give us some updates as you get it filled with tools and show how you figure out ways to hold your tools.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 1425 days ago

niice little tool tote box…naa cabinet then :-)

take a look at all those cabinets and boxes there is post here
and you can look in the book …toolbox book
to get idea of how to organise and how to make holders to the tools
but your start isn´t bad at all :-)

but may I surgest that you use the leftdoor (seen from here ) to store handsaws
and the other abow the cheisels to layout tools

but I´m sure you will get other ideas when you see the other projeckts


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#5 posted 1425 days ago

The drawers are great for layout tools and small things that seem to get lost, pencils etc. You’ll have no problem figuring out what you need to store and where, like putting things you use often as close as possible and as easily accessible as possible.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Jamie Speirs

4118 posts in 1488 days

#6 posted 1425 days ago

Finished in time for Christmas presents. :)
Leave tool catalogues with highlighted tools around.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 1424 days ago

I really like….I wish I had space for something like this…I will have to build a wall mount and put all my fine and hand tools in it..

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#8 posted 1424 days ago

I like it. It seems very easy to approach for the tools.I might change mine with this one. :) great job.

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621 posts in 2001 days

#9 posted 1424 days ago

Looks good from here. As long as it works for you in your shop, I wouldnt worry about what it looks like.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 1424 days ago

Nice tool cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 1424 days ago

Hey Emetric,
Nicely designed functional tool cabinet…well done.

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#12 posted 1424 days ago

Yes, that is real nice. Well done.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#13 posted 1424 days ago

Very nice cabinet, I have a similar one, had it for years. My take is the inside of the doors are begging for pegboard. I have pegboard panels in mine and I continuously change the configurations to suit my needs. You can find cutoffs in the HD scrap bin too.

Nice work

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#14 posted 1295 days ago

very nice cabinet

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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