My Modest Tool Cabinet

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This is my modest tool cabinet. It’s built from all scraps. 1X6 utility pine, water damaged birch ply, cedar from the cutoff pile. Notice on the exterior views, the panels go in opposite directions because that was the way they were cut and lost the least amount of wood that way.

The finish is 5 or 6 kinds of old Minwax stain mixed together in a single can. Water based poly to protect it, (as if it needs protection).

I built this to get an idea of how I want to lay out the next one which will be made from better materials.

It’s still not filled with all the hand tools yet, but it get’s more and more in it all the time.

On the back is a french cleat to hang it on the wall as soon as I find a clear space on the wall to put the other half.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 776 days ago

Nothing wrong with this chest. Looks good. Thank for posting

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#2 posted 776 days ago

Nice,neat,organized but I don’t recognize any of those tools. Where are the cords and plugs?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 776 days ago

Andy, I had to spend 15 minutes cleaning up around that cabinet just so I could spend 15 minutes getting pictures that didn’t show the mess.

All the tools with tails are strewn around behind me making clandestine planes on how to cause me bodily harm!

By the way, all those dowels are made from Youpon Holly that grows wild around here. It’s as hard as a bankers heart when dry and almost pure white.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 776 days ago

Does that holly get big enough to mill into boards?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 776 days ago

Not really, the largest I’ve seen is about 3” across.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 776 days ago

Nice looking cabinet. You probably find out if you haven’t already, it fills up fast. The hand tools look like they have a nice home. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 776 days ago

Nice idea of incorporating a bit o Cedar in there. Open the door, and, ahhh, nice aroma. Gr8 use o scraps for sure

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 776 days ago


That’s a good looking Shop Cabinet, sturdy and and well thought out.

...btw, the opposing ply grain orientation isn’t at all noticable with the doors closed. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 775 days ago

It’s a very practical chest and you have plenty of room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 775 days ago

Looks great to me

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 775 days ago

Nice looking cabinet. Best part is, you have room to add more tools as you go. There have been several times that I built something and did not allow room for expansion. I soon regretted that when I came home from the flea market with one more whatchamacallit or thingamajig and did not have a place to put it. Of course, now I have so many things, the fact I have not place to store it is my clue that maybe I need to get rid of something. Ha


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 775 days ago

Thanks all, maybe it’s just me that can see all the flaws. It really has given me a good working knowledge of how to set up the next one though.

Doc, Lol, as I said, everyday a few more tools get put into this cabinet. Ihave a strong feeling I’m going to run out of space before I run out of tools.

I built an assembly table awhile back with 3 large drawers to hold different screws, nails, small tools with tails, and a few hidden snacks.
Guess what? I don’t have enough room for all the different lengths and types of screws I have!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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