Tool Cabinets

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Project by mikewhite posted 06-05-2013 02:35 PM 2912 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these shallow cabinets just over my bench to give me easy access to my most commonly used hand tools. The carcases are oak plywood and hardboard. The frames and the doors are all hand cut (except for the muntins – I used the table saw to rip those).

It turned out that producing the molding was the most tedious part of the entire project. I used a home-made scratch stock and it took a few tries before I came upon an article by Garret Hack that provided some insight. Even after I found the right tool configuration it took a while to scrape out enough molding to do all the panes.

The construction technique I used to piece together the muntins is not traditional. I found an article on the Internet (apologies – I don’t remeber where) that described how to piece them together using mostly butt joints for the basic grid then overlaying other pieces to form the rabbet. I was skeptical at first but it produced surprisingly strong doors.

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 02:59 PM

Very nice cabinets. Pretty sure these would end up in the house if the wife seen them.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 04:39 PM

Thanks, getlostinwood! I actually finished these about six months ago and just now got around to posting it.

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 04:45 PM

This is a very nice tool cabinet. Congratulations.

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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#4 posted 06-05-2013 11:22 PM

Very functional. Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 04:45 AM

I really like this. I wish I’d used some glass in some of my shop cabinets. Great project, thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 08:11 AM

Well done, Great work….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 12:43 PM

I agree, those are too nice to display garage tools. My wife would also want those in the house.
Great idea to use see thru doors. Normally you automatically make them a solid door.
This just got added to my Favorites list.

-- jerry

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 05:29 PM

Delux tool cabinets, well done. Now to get my cabinet started.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 06-07-2013 08:48 PM

Fantastic looking tool cabinets! Too pretty to be placed in a shop but it’s a great idea on the glass doors, toolsl can easily be seen. Great job!

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