Hand tool cabinet

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Project by Lochlainn1066 posted 1377 days ago 2955 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My planes finally have a home (other than the workbench or any other open flat surface)!

I had originally planned for solid wood, but my short supplies of wood and dollars made me go with 1/2” plywood.

Still have to put on the left door. :)

-- Nate,

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#1 posted 1377 days ago

Nice work Nate. I am jealous! I really need to get a cabinet made for my planes and chisels. Would you mind sharing the overall dimensions?

-- James -

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#2 posted 1377 days ago

Wow, I think it looks really great in plywood
Nice job

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 1377 days ago

Hey, cool design and nice job.

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#4 posted 1376 days ago

I acually love plane cabinets of ply. perhaps because trhis was what all carpenters used to have in the work shop, when I grew up.
Beautiful cabinet, now the planes have the cabinet they deserve.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 1376 days ago


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

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#6 posted 1376 days ago

I was thinking of putting my planes vertical like you have. Is this way easier to get them in and out. I am planning my next tool cabinet.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 1376 days ago

I forgot, looks really nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 1376 days ago

The dimensions are just under 3’x3’ overall, and about 13” deep. The only specifications I really followed were that the plane rack needed to fit a #7 (22”) and the depth had to my plow plane (11 1/2”) to fit. No plans used, I just drew up a sketch and cut to fit.

The vertical rack is better than what I was using, a repurposed kitchen cabinet. All my longer ones (#5’s or longer) had to sit crooked and it was a real pain so they eventually just ended up on a bookshelf. The dividers between planes aren’t fastened down yet but I think the current layout is what I’m going to use. Getting them out is easier than anything than sitting them on a bench. Putting the larger ones back is a little harder since the front swings around a bit, but the #5’s drop right in place.

I really like having the moulding planes above eye level, you can look up and right at the sole and see what each one is. I may put a cleat so they sit hanging an inch or so off the shelf. Also I need a bookend or something so they don’t fall over when I pull a few out.

Also planning on hanging chisels, squares, small saws, etc. on the inside of the doors.

-- Nate,

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#9 posted 1376 days ago

Nothing at all wrong with plywood. In fact, it has certain advantages as long as you understand the differences from solid wood. Nice cabinet.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#10 posted 1375 days ago

Very nice cabinet. Dig those planes too. I intend to build one of these myself. I just haven’t fgured out my design yet.

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

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#11 posted 1375 days ago

Good collection of planes. Look, they are all smiling, they now have their own home!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 1357 days ago

Nice looking collection, nice work on the cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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