Tool Cabinet

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Project by Kerry posted 2397 days ago 2626 views 22 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this tool cabinet, well nearly, I still need to add catches and a couple of pulls. I had to do some reorganizing to get planes and other items off the bench/counter before one fell.

There’s enough room behind the doors when the doors are open to put some more tools on the walls. I still have a few things to add inside the cabinet, chisels, spokeshaves and I left a little room for expansion. Someday I’ll have a #8 for the right hand side, and I have my Grandfather’s #6 still to clean up. Trying to organize everything was quite a challenge, but kind of fun too.

I used box joints for the corners of the carcase – not sure I’d do that again. They’re strong but don’t look so nice. I hung it on the wall using French cleats, but then chickened out and put a few screws through into studs – I REALLY don’t want to wake up tonight to a loud crash!

By the way, here is what it’s replacing:

and here it is closed:

Anyway, thanks for having a look,

-- Alberta, Canada

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#1 posted 2397 days ago

Very nice. Tool storage was the last thing I did.. except my new storage method looks a bit like your old one :P

-- Perth, Australia

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#2 posted 2397 days ago

Nice set-up. I like the addition of the extra panel on the right…

How do you like that new LV plow plane?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 2397 days ago

Tidied things up very nicely. That is a nice collection inside the box, too.

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#4 posted 2397 days ago

Looks nice to me!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Jiri Parkman

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#5 posted 2396 days ago

This tool cabinet is very nice. Especially the right wing.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 2396 days ago

I like the cabinet. You did a really nice job on it. I think that it is a universal truth that all shops are short of storage space. Your cabinet does a lot to alleviate this in your shop. I like the way you finished it out too. It adds a sense of furniture quality to the piece.

Great job.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#7 posted 2396 days ago

Nice project for a tight space Kerry.
Looks like you took advantage of the Lee Valley special on piano hinges too!



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 2396 days ago

Very nice project. It really makes the place look neat. Did you say that you were going to use the space on each side also. It looks like the doors are hinged so as to allow for that. Cool design.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 2396 days ago

This is one of the nicest of this type I’ve seen. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 2396 days ago

A nice home for your hand tools!

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

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#11 posted 2396 days ago

Looks nice. Also a nice collection of hand planes you have there.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 2396 days ago

Looks great. Makes me think maybe I need to work on something like this. Thanks so much for sharing :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#13 posted 2396 days ago


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 2396 days ago

Thanks folks.

Yes Mario, I’m going to hang some saws and other tools on the walls to the sides. There’s about 4” of space left with the doors open.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#15 posted 2396 days ago

Very impressive Kerry.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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