Hanging tool cabinet

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Project by Steamdonkey posted 01-21-2008 06:53 AM 8593 views 39 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have a few hand tools, and I needed to get away from keeping them all over the shop on shelves and any other cluttered surface. I decided I needed to build a cabinet to hang on the wall near my bench. Since I have a ton of walnut I decided to build the case out of that. For the panels in the doors and the back I used VG fir and mahogany veneer glued to baltic birch ply. The inside is all vertical fir which I like for the light color. The tool “hooks” are all made from some curly maple scraps I had laying around.

A common problem I have is getting stuff I build for myself about 80% done before moving on. This project is no exception. I still need to add the finish, add a few more storage options, and add the remaining hardware. Fact is once I got it to this point I wanted to see how it looked with a bunch of tools in it and I haven’t looked back.

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#1 posted 01-21-2008 06:54 AM

Great looking cabinet. Lots of hand tools, that’s for sure.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-21-2008 06:57 AM

I hope you’ve included a small kneeling bench in front of it to pay proper homage each morning.
Very nice cabinet. Someday when I own my house, I’ll hope to have a shop that is comprable to this.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#3 posted 01-21-2008 07:00 AM

Nice collection of iron there, hos!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 01-21-2008 07:37 AM

Outstanding cabinet and collection! I like the hangers for the planes. It took me a second but then I noticed how deap the slots were for the knobs and then it made sense. Out of curiosity, where did you acquire most of your hand tools?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 01-21-2008 07:57 AM

Most of these came from farm auctions, some from swap meets, and some from friends, you could say I’m always looking. I think the first plane I bought was 13 years ago… if I had known what I know now I woud have bought more back them when they were easier to find and cheaper. In the last couple years I have been buying mostly new LV planes and replacement irons for the older Stanleys. Many of these in the cabinet still need to be fettled and some day I’ll get around to it, however you won’t see me getting as into it as many with repainting, etc., as long as they are tuned to work and flat I’m good. Those that have been tuned up really work well, but I prefer the newer A2 steel in the LV planes because it holds an edge longer and they are so close to perfect right out of the box.

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#6 posted 01-21-2008 11:29 AM

Nice toybox, and nice toys in it. Good job.

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#7 posted 01-21-2008 01:52 PM

Wow, enviable colecction, nice job on design and construction.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 01-21-2008 02:31 PM

That is quite the cabinet. You must spend a little time on the sharpening stones to keep up with all those planes.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 01-21-2008 02:46 PM

That is really nice cabinet.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 01-21-2008 03:08 PM

Very nice. But I will contest you as I always thought I was the king of 80% done.
Great collection.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 01-21-2008 03:19 PM

Well done, now finish it and show us the photos.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 01-21-2008 04:36 PM

That is a really nice project to store and organize your hand tools. Without this you would be storing them (as I do) in drawers, the back of cabinets or they would be taking up scarce bench space. Great idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 01-21-2008 04:49 PM

Based on the plane sitting on top of the cabinet, I’m guessing your collection continues to grow! Better start building another case! It’s really amazing how much can be stored in a fairly small space when it is well organized.

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#14 posted 01-21-2008 04:52 PM

Quite a collection and great storage solution.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#15 posted 01-21-2008 04:55 PM

Nice arrangement and great cabinet!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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