Hardware Cabinet w/Storage Doors

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Project by USCJeff posted 02-13-2008 07:53 AM 3707 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been growing tired of spending a lot of my limited shop time looking for things. This project is an attempt to be a little more efficient. The peg board doors are double sided so that it creates four vertical surfaces to attach tools and such. The rear door is slightly shorter so that it will clear the front door when opening. The front door is secured by a barrel bolt.


The rear door is secured by magnetic catches. The interior of the cabinet houses 20 storage bins. I’ve begun labeling many of the bins for fast finds. I still have to decide how to best fill the remaining space as well as mount it to the wall via the french cleats on the rear. I decided to paint it as I used mixed scraps in many places. The paint actually will work well near the Rikon and Grizzly machines near it. I created some custom “storage” fixtures for some of the tools as seen below.

Combo Squares, Starret Square, and Nail Punches:

Chisel Rack (Masking Tape around my “Abuse Me” Chisel):

Marking Gauge and Pencil Cup:

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 08:00 AM

Jeff, that is an excellent solution for a lot of storage in a small place. I like your design – good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 11:44 AM

Great design, Jeff. I bet it holds more than you anticipated.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 12:49 PM

Very good design. Not to sure about the color though ;)

-- "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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#4 posted 02-13-2008 12:52 PM

Jeff, that is very cleverly builded cabinet.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 01:24 PM

Jeff this is a nice shop project. This is a vast improvement over simply putting them in drawers and on the bench. You have these tools organized and know where they are stored.

But the only drawback to the cabinet is that you do miss out on the adventure that comes from searching your shop for a tool that you used yesterday and can’t remember where you put it.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 03:35 PM

I like it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 03:59 PM

Too much organization. Your LJ membership is officially under review.

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

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 04:30 PM

good idea about marking that one chisel. Better than my solution of hiding the good ones.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 05:13 PM

nice design, do plan to put it on a mobile base?

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 10:22 PM

Great way to get more efficient.

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 11:28 PM

Great little cabinet. Looks like you won’t be needing a pencil for a while.

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

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 06:20 AM

Jeff, A great project. Way to get the shop cleaned up.
Wondering if you can share the plans you used for the custom holders.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 06:28 PM

Thanks all.

Chris: The custom holders are pretty str8 forward. The ones that hold the squares and rulers are simply rectangles with about a 1/2” slot cut using a thin kerf TS blade. A full kerf blade will work as well, but leaves a little more wiggle room. Some also have a “keeper” on the outside of the handle if the handle is big enough to unbalance it.

The chisel rack has a little more to it. I started by drilling 1” holes 1/2” deep using a forstner bit. I then drilled a through hole centered within it that was a little larger than the diameter of the neck of the chisels. I went to the bandsaw to turn the smaller holes into slots. The recessed larger hole keeps the chisels in place unless they are lifted up.

The marking guage rack is a quick one as well. Started with a 1” through hole as that was slightly larger than the rectangular handle of the gauge. I cut a small slot in the front to allow the little brass mortise width adjustment “knob” to pass. The guage can only be lifted out.

I’ve now added many bit holders as well. All these are created by drilling stopped holes larger enough for the shanks and deep enough to not dislodge.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 03:44 PM

I bet I spend 5% of any particular project looking for a pencil. That cabinet is very cool.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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