Tool cabinet

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Project by doliver posted 05-31-2011 08:50 PM 3959 views 29 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

March 2011

After my first couple of projects, I was having lots of fun with wood and decided to keep at it. I was also acquiring lots of tools and needed a better way to keep track of them.

I really liked this set of plans for a pegboard tool cabinet with sliding doors. It was certainly more complex than what I had built before, so it looked like a good challenge to take on. Dadoes, rabbets, and grooves abound so my router and I spent some quality time together on this one.

My only regret is that I didn’t totally trust myself to pull it off and didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I bought very cheap pine for my material and suffered through a few boards that were badly warped or twisted. As such, there are a few ugly joins where I couldn’t get things together cleanly. But the good news is that it works and is more useful than I even imagined.

-- Dylan, Half Moon Bay, CA

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Michael J

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 09:37 PM

Nice job! I’ve been thinking about building something very similar. Hopefully it turns out as well as yours did!

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 10:10 PM

I think I have the plans for this. I was going to build it but got side tracked. Very practical. Nice build.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 12:36 AM

Nice job.

I built 2 of thoses for my shop. I made them deep (13”) and added deeper shelves behind the sliding door.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 12:58 AM

really nice job, where did you get the plans?

-- RKWoods

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 02:13 AM

Thanks for the comments, all. I’ve been very happy with it.

@lanwater—That’s a good idea. I would love to have it a few inches deeper.

@RKW—I found this a couple of other interesting plans at PlansNow ( They were originally published in ShopNotes magazine.

-- Dylan, Half Moon Bay, CA

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 03:21 AM

Very nice job! I wish I had the wall space for something like this.

I think Woodsmith did something similar to this on one of their TV shows and published the plans online and in one of their magazine issues..

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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Kenny Blackburn

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 07:34 AM

Nice job! I am putting that one on my to do list.

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 09:17 AM

YA! I like that…......

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 11:18 AM

I saved the show on this and have the plans from Shopnotes. I have been meaning to make this but keep getting side tracked. Going to have to make this a priority once I finish my Entertainment center.

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 08:17 PM

It’s a nice clean tool cabinet and you’ve done a very good job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 05:13 PM

There is a free issue of shop notes on their site and you can get the plans in that issue.

Go to page 22-23 and download the page.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 05:31 PM

My neighbor has the same one in his garage shop. Always liked it.

Very nicely done !

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 07-06-2011 02:54 AM

Looks like a fun project, very useful also, I have plans to make one myself. Very nice job, I like it.

-- Jeff, eastern Iowa

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