Shop cabinets.

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Project by Chardt posted 09-09-2008 05:20 PM 4166 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been converting my single car garage into a wood shop, and space has been a major consideration. I really wanted some nice hanging cabinets to house my increasing collection of old (*aka CHEAP) hand tools.

These are the cabinets I’ve built so far. They are pine, and Plywood used mainly from wood I already had. I decided to make a ‘first generation’ set of cabinets that are in my skill range as well as allowing for design changes, and increase in my abilities as time goes on.

I used box joints with a flimsy home made box cutting jig, which leaves a lot to be desired.

Here they are, and here are the treasured old hand tools that they hold.

Here are the Rasps/files and an old Brace. In the door are the japanese saws, a gent handle Razor saw, and Dovetail saw, several old spokeshaves, a draw knife, and my newest prizes an old pistol grip dovetail saw, and an old tenon saw.
Saw, files, rasps, shaves cabinet.

I made a set of slots in the back of the cabinet to hold the saws.
cabinet closed.

Here is the cabinet for the Chisels, mallets, and marking/layout gauges.
chisels, marking/layout cabinet.

Here’s the holder for my hand planes. I plan to expand it, and reorganize it so it holds more.
Hand planes cabinet.

Here is a better look at the wooden hand planes that I’ve been restoring.
Wooden Planes.

Here are the bench planes, and spoke shaves I’ve been cleaning up and sharpening.

And here are 2 of the mallets I’ve made. They were from the wood pile, and I simply stripped the bark off of them with a wire brush, and pared off with a chisel. They feel really good in my hand. Well balanced with a nice weight to them.


Now I feel like I can start on some of the projects I’ve been planning. Starting with an oak buffet for my wife.

Thanks for looking.


-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#1 posted 09-09-2008 05:41 PM

Thats a nice shop cabinet.

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#2 posted 09-09-2008 06:31 PM

Nice cabinets and a great collection of old tools!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 09-09-2008 06:37 PM

Great cabinets, wonderful tool collection.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 09-10-2008 02:06 AM

That’s a pretty nice collection you have there!

Setting up a shop and getting it organized is one of my favorite things to do.

So have fun with it.

Nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Douglas Krueger

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#5 posted 09-10-2008 07:51 PM

Yup, that’s what a nice workshop should be, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Enjoy the tools and good luck on the buffet. Be sure to share your project.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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Tony Ennis

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 06:01 AM

Those are very nice!

-- Tony

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 03:56 AM

nice planes, a couple are very interesting design….... and the other tools and storage cabinet!! I’m sorta doing a similar thing now with my planes and knives. Enjoyed it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 01-09-2015 07:24 PM

Stopping beating yourself up on ” cheap tools ” OR ” how flimsy your jigs are ”
Looks like you did an excellent job on building your cabinets, and I’m sure there’s not a woodworker out there anywhere that hasn’t used cheap tools sometime in there woodworking life. We all start at the bottom and work our way up to better things in life….. Tools that is…. You should be proud to have accomplished what you have. This web site is to praise and help each other on our success….. SO…... Nice job on your cabinets, and looks like you have a heck of a nice collection of tools to work with. Good Luck in your future projects JEFF

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