No Frills Wall Hanging Tool Cabinet

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Project by Douglas posted 11-06-2012 10:04 PM 12276 views 38 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple wall hanging tool cabinet to house my hand tools. I went for building something nice, but not heirloom. Thus, there are no dovetails (just dado and rabbets), and I used a lot of scrap oak, pine, and aspen plywood for the panels. While it could be prettier, its a worker with room to grow. The area where the measuring tools are is pretty sparse, and have room to add an inner door there if needed. The NEXT tool cabinet I build will be fancy and heirloom-esque, but for now, this should do.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 10:16 PM

Once you make the heirloom cabinet, I’ll take that one off your hands.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 11:35 PM

Very Nice indeed

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 11:57 PM

Pretty nice and functional too. What are you using the drawers for ?

-- Yves

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 01:40 AM

Looks like you’ve got 2 jointer planes there…I’ll take one of those off your hands… :-)

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 01:50 AM

12strings – funny you mentioned that… I did end up with two. I was doing eBay actions for both, hoping to win one, and I won both. I don’t need both, however. I’ll message you about it :-)

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#6 posted 11-07-2012 02:22 AM

Yrob, for now I’m storing extra plane blades, the depth gauge for my router plane, some extra plane parts I have lying around, etc. We’ll see what else ends up there, but I just liked the idea of a few drawers.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 11:48 AM

Nice tool cabinet – and I believe it is functional.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 01:42 PM

As an engineer, I am a great proponent of “form follows function”. I think this design is gorgeous!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 02:29 PM

Nice. The plane shelf almost looks vertical. Aren’t you worried that their weight will pull em backwards? Or do you have some mechanism to hold them in place.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 11-07-2012 02:58 PM

Very nicely done – I’m with the “form follows function” crowd. I’m adding this as a favorite!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#11 posted 11-07-2012 03:24 PM

DouginVa – there are 3/4” rare earth magnets under the toes of each plane, they’re very secure. The till was originally in its own dedicated cabinet at a less severe angle, but after testing this new position out, it held the planes fine. If it hadn’t, I was going to build in wooden “clips” at the toes, but it looks like there’s no need.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 03:58 PM

I love the piano hinges! When one is serious about strength and durability, reach for piano hinges! Overall, I really like the design. Some of my own favorite projects are shop furniture: the pressure for perfection is lessened a bit, but often the result ends up on par with things in the living area of my house. That cabinet of yours would add class and functionality to most any room. Good work.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 04:32 PM


This is awesome & on my to do list (hopefully) before winter is over. I was wondering how you mounted your chisel racks, spokeshave holders, etc. They look to be mounted directly on the door panel ? If so I am assuming the door panels are 3/4” thick ?


Bill in MI

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#14 posted 11-07-2012 04:45 PM

The panels are 1/2” plywood, set in 1/4” grooves in the 3/4” frame. So, on the outside, there’s a 1/4” reveal, and on the inside, the panel is flush with the rails & stiles. And then I just used screws for most of the tool holders, being careful not to go through the panel. As I modify, get new tools, and re-arrange the holders, I’m sure the panels will get a little chewed up, but so it goes. I think it will be a while until I get everything arranged this well.

I also watch this online video series of a great how-to that shows a good step-by-step build, and a good episode on building the holders.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 04:46 PM

nice functioning cabinet. everything in one spot, and gives you thought on how to improve for the next hierloom build

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