Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by BigEd posted 674 days ago 3309 views 17 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago, after finally getting tired of having nearly every flat surface in the shop cluttered, I decided to build a tool cabinet. I challenged myself by building it with the tools it would contain. Made of Sassafras and finished with shellac, it’s a pretty simple cabinet with three fixed shelves deep and high enough for hand planes. The doors are simple boxes attached with piano hinges. All of the tools in the doors have little custom hangers and can all be taken out without moving something else {well that was the plan, anyway}. The casework is joined at the corners with hand cut dovetails – they’re not perfect, but they work.

I had a lot of fun building this, but have outgrown it. I guess a tool chest is next!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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Don W

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#1 posted 674 days ago

Very nice. Great storage for a nice collection of tools.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 674 days ago

GREAT WORK. I like the idea of building it from the tools it would hold.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#3 posted 674 days ago

It is stocked full of goodness too. Nice looking cabinet. Looks well laid out, and the space is maximized.

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#4 posted 674 days ago

great cabinet.nice collection in there also.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 674 days ago

Nice cabinet, Ed. I know what you mean when you said you’ve already outgrown it. I made a similar cabinet for my handtools and am thinking about building another for the ever expanding collection. Nice job and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 674 days ago

I like it a lot : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 674 days ago

It’s an excellent build, with fine tools inside! Thanks for posting!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 674 days ago

looks great, and especially with all those nice tools in there!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 674 days ago

Man that cabinet is packed full. great job Ed. how deep is this cabinet?

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#10 posted 674 days ago

nice work…
i want some of your tools….lol
you have some nice little gems…all safe in a well built cabinet…

-- jjempson

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#11 posted 674 days ago

Thanks everyone! Doordude- the cabinet is 10.5” deep and the doors are 3.5” deep.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#12 posted 674 days ago

That is a nice cabinet for a nice collection of tools:)

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#13 posted 674 days ago

What’s the tool in the 4th picture, just to the right of the center, above the tall chisel, that looks like a star?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#14 posted 674 days ago

JJ, it’s an angle checker like this one

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 674 days ago

JJ- yes it is an angle checker. I think I got it at Woodcraft.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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