|Project by vrice||posted 01-08-2012 09:56 PM||10324 views||16 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve had this one on my list for some time and finally got around to building it over the holidays. This is a sliding door tool cabinet I saw built on the Woodsmith Shop on PBS many months ago. You can find their plans for this here.
I made one significant change for the version I built. My version used the entire lenght of a 4 ft x 8 ft sheet of pegboard. I created a Sketchup model for this modified design which can be found here.
Another less significant change is I built mine from popular. After milling up rough popular I spent a little less than I would have spent on construction lumber from Lowes. Plus I like the extra degree of control you get from milling from rough stock. However I did discover one pain I had not experienced before. Several pieces of the cabinet were 96” long. After milling these pieces to size I noticed the bloody wood gained a warp. This wasn’t a big issue in general since I could simply cinch up on the pieces with the screws used. However, this did turn out to be an issue with the utilitiy bins, which I chose to add to the bottom of the cabinet. Given this has 20 dados, getting it all to match up was a bit of a challenge after the wood moved on me. Nothing like a BFH to solve that problem here. This was acceptable given this wasn’t fine furniture.
Also I chose the use a french cleat hanging system rather than the direct lag bolt approach used on the PBS show. This is a much simpler, in my opinion, way to hang stuff like this.
Lastly, I’d love to hear some suggestions on good pegboard hooks. The non-locking kind I had a bunch of suck. As you can see I put a little masking tape on hooks I knew would come out when lifting off the item it is holding. On the PBS show they reviewed some nifty ones, I thought, that I can’t find ANYWHERE. These had a simple button that when pushed locked in the hook. I did see two differnt kinds on the net. One uses a locking screw and other are Flex-Lock hooks. I couldn’t discern from the website exactly how they worked. If you have had success with a particular locking pegboard hook mention in a comment please. I’d love to get my hands on something that really works.
-- Vic Rice