|Project by nwbusa||posted 10-02-2012 09:21 PM||8714 views||42 times favorited||21 comments|
Continuing my tradition of building with a “function over form” philosophy, this is hardly an example of fine woodworking. Nonetheless, I am fairly happy with the way it turned out, as it solves a problem I had in my shop—sorely needed storage space for my hand tools.
This cabinet is built mostly with 3/4” Baltic birch plywood. I used various scraps to make the shelves and tool holders. The center cabinet is 40” wide by 30” tall, making each of the doors 20” x 30”. The center section is 8” deep with the doors open, and 12” deep with the doors closed (doors are 4” deep). I didn’t want the tool cabinet extending too far over the top of the workbench, even with it mounted a bit higher on the wall.
The pegboard “wings” are the same size as the doors. When the doors are open, the entire cabinet measures 80” wide by 30” tall, and 8” deep. Everything hangs on one massive French cleat, with ten 5” lag bolts sunk into five 2×6 studs behind the drywall:
I counterbored some flush mount magnets to keep the door opened and closed:
The cabinet door faces are made from 1/2” Baltic birch and trimmed with some store-bought poplar (I got lazy).
My goal here was to make something fairly modular, so that I could change things around as needed and as tool acquisitions necessitate. All of the shelves and tool holders are screwed in and can be relocated as needed. For example, I want to redo the plane shelves with a vertical plane till, and I want to get the panel saws out of there and into a separate saw till.
Someday, I will replace this with something a little nicer, but for now it serves its purpose and I expect it will last me for several years.
-- John, BC, Canada