My first shop project - tool cabinet

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Project by LeeInAZ posted 08-23-2011 09:55 AM 2756 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the basic plans for this from a publication called “The Complete Small Shop”. It was a compilation of projects from Shop Notes and Woodsmith magazines. I modified the basic plan somewhat. I made it a bit deeper to accommodate the shelves in back, I used 8/4 poplar for the door and cabinet frames, and I used bridal joints to build the doors. I added the sides to strengthen the base cabinet and help keep dust off the shelves. The hinges are brass bushings sunk into the door frames with 1/4-20 bolts holding them to the base cabinet.

This is a great place to store many of my more commonly used non-woodworking tools. I was very pleased with how everything came out. It’s been up for about 18 months now and everything is still as tight as it was the day I made it.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 10:13 AM

Nice! I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet. I even have the same book with the page marked for a future project. Thanks for sharing how useful it can be.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 01:04 PM

Lee, this is a nice addition to your shop that keeps your hand tools organized and readily available for use. I really enjoy the design for this type of hand tool storage cabinet. It holds a ton of tools while taking up relatively little wall space.

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

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 01:27 PM

How can you not love shop storage. I am not a fan of peg board but it sure works well. Nice job.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 04:40 PM

Great addition to your shop.I like organized shops,makes work easier.

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 11:05 PM

Tools at the easy reach. I use the same concept for my beer…...

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

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#6 posted 08-24-2011 01:01 AM

Very well done.

It saves a lot of space.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 08-24-2011 05:53 AM

Nicely done, Lee. And welcome to Lumberjocks.


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