|Project by Joe||posted 305 days ago||2701 views||24 times favorited||7 comments|
Built this a while back and am finally posting it. I originally found the plan in Wood Magazine, and I based most of the design on that. You can take a look at the project here. I had no reason to put the pegboard on the sides since there is a wall on one side and a toolbox on the other. I can always add them later if I get to build a shop…
The frame of the cabinet part is made entirely from 2×4s lap jointed together (photo 2). Never done lap joints before, so I thought something for the shop was a good place to learn. Didn’t turn out too bad. Learned a lot.
Each tool is mounted on a shelf. The shelves are about 23-1/2” square and the height of each is fully adjustable by 1/4” holes drilled through each upright. I glued some scrap pieces of plywood under each shelf (photo 3) so it would sit nicely on top of the base.
I had a saw stand with nothing on it, so I used that for my base (photo 4). It was a bit short, so I had to build it up a bit. Boosting it up gave me the opportunity to create a little cavity underneath to hold whatever smaller tools, pencils, tape measures etc I’m using on the project. The top of the base is about 20” x 20”. Photo 5 shows my small bandsaw in place.
I also cut a tabletop out of 3/4” ply. It’s about 30” x 30” and makes a great extra work surface for small projects (photo 5). I got some non-wood related grease on it (sorry for talking about that here), so I figured a few coats of polyurethane would make it easy to wipe off. The tabletop hangs on the wall with a couple of screw eyes I hid underneath.
There is a space in the top of the base. I plan on making a set of rollers for table saw outfeed. Haven’t finished that part yet, but a piece of plywood with rollers will sit right in that slot.
Changes I would make:
I’d make the cabinet a bit taller. An extra 6 or 8” on top would make room for one more tool. For me anyway.
I intend to build a smaller version for another place in the shop that will hold two smaller tools. It will use the same base, likely utilizing that slot. If I ever get to that, I’ll post it.
Thanks for looking.
-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.