Wall Hanging Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by Bill Akins posted 10-30-2012 12:33 PM 9389 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the last year or so I have been collecting hand tools for my shop, both old and new. As I grew weary of pulling them from their cardboard boxes I knew it was time for a cabinet. I made this after being inspired by the one made by Marc Spagnoulo, The Wood Whisperer. I made mine from red oak, dovetail corners, brass piano hinges and all the tool holders are made from red oak scraps. A few magnets were added to help secure the tools, I finished the cabinet with a mixture of shellac, denatured alocohol and BLO. I then put 2 coats of straight shellac. I pulled the peg board off, used concrete screws to attach a 2×6 and then returned the pegboard. Then I used the French cleat system to hang the cabinet into the 2×6. I have left room for a few items on my wish list. I have a 3 part video series of the cabinet build on you tube.
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-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 12:56 PM

Bill, What a great cabinet, I know that you will get years of use from this. I am looking forward to watching the videos, I am sure that those will be enjoyable to watch too.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 01:05 PM

I need one of these in the worst way. What a great project.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 01:24 PM

Great project and great videos too Bill!

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 02:02 PM

Way to go there Bill, you did a darn good job, not only have you made them easily at hand but your protecting them as well, not to mention if your missing something you will notice right off….. You got a good collection of tools there….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 02:21 PM

Boy, that came out nice Bill !
A great addition to your shop and really helpful.
Fits the area you put it in nicely too.

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 02:25 PM

Very nice and sweet set of tools, interesting how you hung the Krenov plane.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 03:31 PM

Good looking cabinet. You mention using a cleat to hold it on the wall, do you intend it to be somewhat portable? I’m aiming to do several similar cabinets to hold most of my tools, and I’ll be incorporating locking latches and handles so they can be moved around the garage/yard/truck/world.

It appears yours is not meant for much portability, as the tools aren’t held in place.

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Bill Akins

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 04:49 PM

I don’t plan on moving the cabinet. The tools in the doors are anchored pretty well. I had never tried a French cleat and thought I would give it a shot. Holds really well.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 04:53 PM

great cabinet…something I need toooooo.!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 07:47 PM

I need one of these in the worst way too. I have shelves but that does not encourage organization – just stacking stuff up. How great to be able to see everything in its place and then close it up when you are done. Very nice.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 11:36 PM

Looking great Bill ! I only saw some parts on the broadcasting, good to see it finish :)

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#12 posted 10-30-2012 11:44 PM

I’m not sure which I like more, the cabinet or the hand tools in it! Both are nice.. I’m gonna check out the video now. Thanks for sharing :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 12:21 AM

Very nice work.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 01:43 AM

nice tools and a great cabinet also.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 10:55 AM

Nice cabinet to put all those great tools you have collected.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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