Tool Cabinet

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Project by Cory posted 09-19-2011 05:27 PM 3048 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are probably about 150 of these on LJ already, but maybe a noob hasn’t seen one and will get inspired. So, here goes. This is my quick to make tool cabinet. Quick because I used 3/4” ply for most of it. The doors are 3/4” ply that have been edge banded in cherry. I also used cherry for trim on the tool holders. The case is held together with miller dowels and glue. The back of the cabinet is 1/2” ply. Overall dimensions are approximately 30”w x 36”t x 6”d. It’s intentionally shallow to allow access to the top of a Craftsman tool chest just below.

Finished w/BLO/varnish.

Thanks for looking!


EDIT: Updated pictures

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 05:49 PM

Nice example! Great job Cory

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 06:03 PM

nicely done Cory, I have a similar tool cabinet and find it very very convenient to use. I have mine above the workbench and everything I need is within an arms reach. also it being enclosed it protects the metal tools

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 08:41 PM

150 of these on LJ or not, I never tire of seeing them, maybe because I am in major need of storage in my shop.

Good work

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 09:15 PM

Really nice, and what a nice shop you have.
I really like the wall ‘boards’ you have also, it seems to be a clever system.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 01:12 AM

good job on the cabinet :-)
like your shop too

take care

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 02:55 AM

Even if your cabinet is #151, they are still fun to look at. You did a nice job. Mine is still in the planning stages(on paper) but maybe someday…..... Thanks for sharing

-- Doug

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 05:08 AM

Excellent tool cabinet, Cory. I’ve been thinking of building one of these lately and I really like your design. I especially like the holder for that Veritas dovetail saw.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 10:38 AM

No need to apologise here. Looks good – nice shop too. Storage doesn’t have to cost much.

-- Des, Cork, Ireland

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 12:07 PM

Key word: Quickly. Who wants to spend days or weeks making a cabinet for the shop? Okay. A lot of us! But me, I want something quick, efficient, and neat – like this one! Great design Cory.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 09:57 PM

Thanks for all the comments, guys. I appreciate it. I’ll upload some additional pictures when I make some more tool holders.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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