"Quick" to make tool cabinet "Updated"

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Project by Mauricio posted 06-13-2011 10:18 PM 7944 views 44 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It isn’t that quick, or maybe it’s just me. I’ll be making tool holders for a while and a I just couldn’t wait to post the finished cabinet

Got the plans from FWW. I modified them to make the case shallower so it would take too much air space over my bench. Even though it is downsized this thing is massive. I’m 6’2” and I have to tip toe to reach the top shelf. I’m going to need to make a step stool. It is not easy to get onto the wall either.

I used crappy birch ply (not Baltic) so i had to edge band everything since the ply’s had ugly pink glue. I’ll spring or the Baltic Birch next time, it will save time and cost about the same because you save money on the banding. I did use Baltic birch on the drawers though.

I used rare earth magnets or the door catches.

I used Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene for the drawer slides. Since the slides have to be fitted pretty tightly I was afraid of wood expansion locking my drawers shut. I had this stuff laying around and it worked out great.

It is finished with three coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly and dark wax.

Hope you guys like it and that is serves as inspiration for someone else.



-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 10:20 PM

Awesome job! Yeah, it wouldn’t be “quick” in my shop. I really like the details and the fact that the jointer gets his own parking spot. I particularly like the textured visible dovetails. Very nice indeed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 11:21 PM

That would be far from quick in my shop…. Nice project though…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 11:22 PM

Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 12:59 AM

This came out sweet, it is just what every shop needs tools with in arm reach.

Enjoy many years of access, as you can see I have…lol…BC

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 04:06 AM

Thanks Bertha, I could stay quiet and let you think my drawers are dovetailed but, they are box joints. But I made them with my shop made box joint jig!

BC. I know your happy with that cabinet. I see you went for the deeper carcass and shallower doors. Worked out well! How did you hang it? French cleats? how many studs are you screwed into? I’m attached to two studs and I’m still scared it will fall off.

Before I had this thing organization was an issue. On one project a square fell off the pegboard and dented a table I was planning. After that I knew it was time for a cabinet. It’s great to have all the stuff you use most at your fingertips and easy to find. I was so sick of that pegboard, too much visual noise.

One thing that helped me too was to take a bunch of seldom used tools and stuff them away into tool boxes. Now I just keep the real woodworking tools in the cabinet. I was able to fit so many things in the drawers too. Most of them will eventually get tool holders made for them.

Now I have to do something about the OSB workbench! LOL

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 04:51 AM

Mochoa it just screwed into studs and cleats, my pic are from when I had just made the cabinet. Today cabinet has a full set of draws and plenty of tools stuff to the rafters. I can’t say enough about this unit it a real time saver and storage unit.

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 08:02 AM

What a fine tool cabinet.
It looks so good with your ‘secret’ room where the planes are hiding.
I’m sure this will serve you for years and years.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 08:05 PM

great tool cabinet

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 11:29 PM

Hi Mauricio
Enjoy making the tool holders. I am still at it but have had other projects get in the way.

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#10 posted 07-30-2011 08:55 PM

Nice cabinet, i’m sure those drawers slide nicely on the UHMW, good idea.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#11 posted 11-03-2011 08:21 PM

Nice looking cabinet, very attractive, and looks highly functionable.

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#12 posted 01-28-2012 03:55 PM

I found your tool cabinet after doing a little research on LJs in preperation for building my own version based on many great examples and ideas found here. Your cabinet looks very functional and well thought out. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#13 posted 01-28-2012 04:05 PM

All those matching tools… sigh…. Very nice cabinets (and tools!) on this thread.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 01-30-2012 12:37 AM

Thanks Doug, have fun building yours. I really like mine, when I’m working at my bench I open up both doors and it doesn’t take up all the airspace over the bench. I also would rethink the shelves in the middle, but they are pocket screwed in with no glue so I can move them if I want.

Also I would have used inexpensive pine instead of plywood, it would have been a lot more fun to use more hand tools on it, that’s not an option with plywood. Ironing on edge banding isn’t very fun. I would also have cut dovetails on the corners instead of making and using a box joint jig which took me a lot of time.

Smitty: Jersey does have a very nice collection of tools there. They look very nice in that cabinet.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 07:50 PM

Are you wearing my wife’s black evening dress?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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