Slant front Rolling Tool Cabinet with removable tool chest

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Project by KMT posted 02-21-2011 09:23 PM 11683 views 44 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this,

Slant front Tool Cabinet and Chest

I Built it using 3/4” Maple plywood for cabinet cases , recycled Maple hardwood flooring for edging trim and drawer fronts. Drawers bodys are G1S plywood.

The plans came from Shop Notes Magazine, Setting Up Shop issue. I found the plans for the base cabinet to be very accurate and well detailed. Everything fit as described in the instructions.

The upper tool chest instructions were not as good, vague to say the least. I especially had problems with the drawer slides. ( after the glue was dry! ) But adjustments were made, (some call them cover ups) and it all works well.

I finished it with Minwax light oak stain for some color and 4 coats of Varathane semi gloss

I’m going to fit tools in now and put dividers in drawers as needed.

All in all I’m very pleased with the outcome and may build a couple more of the base units with flat tops.
A good learning experience.

-- - Martin

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 09:30 PM

Beautiful ! OK I see the two screws sticking out on each side to support the top box? Is there a corresponding notch so it can not slide off ?


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#2 posted 02-21-2011 09:45 PM


Love the shop and that mallet too! You must be Paul Bunyan to swing that thing for any length of time. lol

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 10:19 PM

real nice! thanks for sharing. at some point I’d like to make something similar to match my machinist toolbox.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 10:23 PM

Very nice patterning in the drawer fronts. It looks heavy and will be more so when you fill it. What size and type of wheels did you use?

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 10:36 PM

I saw the show where they built this cabinet. I think you did a great job!

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Glen Peterson

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 12:02 AM

Nice tool chest. I saw that when it was in Shop Notes and it’s on my “someday” list.

-- Glen

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 12:23 AM

You have done a very nice work, bravo.

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

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 12:32 AM

very nice
you will get a lot of use out of that

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 02:38 AM

very nice tool chest. you’ve gotta luv Woodsmith Shop.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 04:14 AM

Nice! I have that issue and I really like that chest too. I was thinking of making it one day. Nice job. Good to know the instructions worked well for you too.

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#11 posted 02-22-2011 06:22 AM

Nice job! I’d like to see some better pics of that workbench also. Very nice!

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#12 posted 02-22-2011 08:10 AM

So many awesome folks sharing wonderful useful projects. Lumber Jocks Rock! Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 08:45 AM

very cool role around toolchest still remember how much I loved my handtools
was just beside me when I worked on a car and I consider to make one myself
when I get a new shop

thank´s for sharing it
is the other project´s in the book so good as this one :-)

take care

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#14 posted 02-22-2011 10:22 AM

Nice cabinet and chest! Gotta love all the storage it provides. Nice colour and finish.

Could you tell me what the date was on that Setting Up Shop issue (I think I missed it).

Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 02-22-2011 04:18 PM

Great Work. I’ve thought about this for a while and you have done this project proud. It always fun to see really nice tools and storage being built for shops.

Your choice of color/stain and the run of grain you decided to go with are particularly nice.

-- Anthony

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