Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by Gator posted 04-04-2013 02:24 AM 2530 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got tired of all the clutter on the wall, and keeping my hand planes in their original card board boxes. Spent the weekend building this cabinet to try and clean things up a little. All material was left over from other projects, so the only thing I had to buy were the piano hinges – my kind of project.

Oak doors, with 3/4” oak box sides & 1/2” oak plywood back.
The case is attached to the wall with a french cleat running the width of the case tied into the outer frame for strength – I didn’t trust the 1/2” plywood for support.

Case is 24” x 32” x 6” deep, and I added 2 1/4” oak strips to the inside of the doors with pockets screws to give me a little more depth.

Hand planes are held in place with rare earth magnets mounted under the toes to give them a little extra support.

Two coats of poly / tung oil blend rubbed on and wiped off for the finish.

Comments / critiques welcome as always.

Thanks for having a look.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 02:26 AM

Very nice, I like it!

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

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 02:43 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 04:32 AM

Excellent cabinet. Very well organized. Nice work.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 07:49 AM

Very neat and tidy solution. I was recently given some oak doors, just like yours, so I need to think about putting them to good use.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 09:07 AM

All I can say is WOW what a clean straighten up work area. I don’t think mine looked that good when I first built it, and I know it doesn’t these days.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 10:33 AM

Nicely done : )

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

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 10:56 AM

Thanks everyone – those are two of approx. 60 cabinet doors I was given by a friend who’s daughter used to work at a local cabinet shop. A large variety of oak, maple & cherry doors of all different styles and sizes. They are doors that were left over from past kitchen or other projects, all new never finished. When a project comes up I just build the box to fit the doors.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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Tom Godfrey

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 11:32 AM

Nice job and looks like you have a place for every thing.
Thanks for sharing

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 12:35 PM

Nice design and build on the cabinet. Great piece.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 12:36 PM

It’s a wonderful tool cabinet. I love it.

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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#11 posted 04-04-2013 02:03 PM

Nice hand tool cabinet.

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 02:26 PM

Very nice….good explanation of the build…I like details….......!!!!!

-- " At my age, Happy Hour is a crap and a nap..."

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 04:02 PM

great cabinet. enjoy it!

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#14 posted 04-04-2013 10:49 PM

great cabinet and design.nice tool collection too…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 12:17 AM

Ya done good! I like oak. Good ideal on giving some depth to the doors.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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