Cherry hand tool cabinet

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Project by Jersey posted 1336 days ago 8901 views 76 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build this case not only to store my tools somewhere safe but to practice lots of different techniques.

The cabinet is all solid cherry except for the back (1/2” cherry ply) and the drawer bottoms (1/4” cherry ply). The case and door frame are dovetailed. All of the shelves in the carcase are sliding dovetails (steep learning curve on that one!!). The outer doors are mortise & tenon frame & panel and the inner doors are solid panels with pegged breadboard ends. The drawers are through dovetails. The cabinet is hung on french cleats and then bolted to the studs in the wall behind (no room for accidents). It is all finished in a product from the UK called hard wax oil.

I based the design on the plywood tool cupboard featured in fine woodworking ( but that design was too deep for my shop so I had the planes going side to side on shelves rather than front to back in cubbies. It works really well for me. I have also taken lots of ideas from all of the really great tool storage ideas here on LJ.

All of the tool holders are custom made for the tool. This takes forever :-[ . I have been working on this on and off for about a year and a half (between other projects yet to get posted on LJ). I reckon that a good proportion of that time has been taken up making fiddly holders for my squares, hammers, chisels etc. However, once done it is great because everything has a place and you can tell if something has gone walkabout. You can see that there is still some space left to fit more tools – always a very important feature of a tool cabinet!! ;-)

Anyway, I had great fun making this and will continue to enjoy tweaking it and fitting new tools. All comments, critiques and questions are welcome and much appreciated.

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#1 posted 1336 days ago

Very nice piece of work – I like your choice in hand tools. Many of mine are the same

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 1336 days ago

Nice looking hand tool cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1336 days ago

Great cabinet for some great tools. Nice job.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#4 posted 1336 days ago

That is one nice cabinet.
The right way to see tools.


-- 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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#5 posted 1336 days ago

niiice toolcabinet and, Drooool , a very nice expencive collections of tool
Oh yaah the aussie bevelsquare is noticed too :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#6 posted 1336 days ago

Nice one Jersey. I can’t wait to build one of those myself.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 1336 days ago

Your hand tools sure have it nice

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 1336 days ago

Nice cabinet. Nice tools.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#9 posted 1336 days ago

Wery nice cabinet and the tools is yummi :D

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#10 posted 1336 days ago

Jersey, What a nice Tool cabinet. I’m glad you posted this for all of us to admire. I was just standing in my shop yesterday looking at all my tools hanging on a peg board imagining what a tool cabinet would look like, now I know. I think I’m going to steal some of your ideas, if you don’t mind? GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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#11 posted 1336 days ago

Absolutely AWESOME job! Yes, it took a little time, but that will soon be replaced with pure pleasure and pride every time you turn to that chest and pick a tool. GREAT work (and tool collection). Thanks for sharing – very inspirational.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 1336 days ago

Nice work of art to display your art tools!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 1336 days ago

This has echo’s of H.O. Studley :)

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#14 posted 1336 days ago


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#15 posted 1336 days ago

Beautifully made ….a penthouse for your great tool collection : )
Added to my favorites.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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