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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 02-11-2014 01:48 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 01:48 PM

So I’ve been tossing ideas around in my head the past few days about a small cabinet to store my hand drills, braces, and bits, along with my powered drill bits that don’t have a home (circle cutters, countersink, sanding drums). I have a less-than-pretty plywood rack for my power drills and bit cases, and that’s where they’ll stay for now.

I have some cherry, and I’ve decided on a nice dovetailed cherry cabinet with a maple ply back and door panels. I have a pretty good idea of how I want to lay out the location of the drills and braces and bits.

Here’s where I’m going with this…I’m thinking about how to design this such that I can reconfigure it in the future. I am going to build this with a certain amount of unused space for future growth. I’ve thought about trays/shelves that can slide into dados in the doors and maybe some rare earth magnets to keep them in place. Have more permanent fixtures on the back of the inside for the drills and braces themselves. Also considered some sort of cleat system inside the door. I’m leaning towards the dado idea.

What kind of things have you guys done when building tool cabinets to plan for future growth?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 02:08 PM

You might consider making the internal component modular so they can be altered, rearranged or replaced as your tool collection grows. This will allow you to keep the part that shows intact when the need arises to make changes to the inside configuration to accommodate new acquisitions. If you’re like most people you’ll see things that should have been done differently to hold what you already have, it can take a while for things to find their place in order of frequency of use and accessibility. Make drawer boxes from 3/8 stock so any two that butt up maintain a 3/4” thickness, use cleats to hang panels on for both the back and doors of the cabinet to hang saws, chisels etc. Organize tools in a way that is both practical and pleasing to the eye. Have fun.

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 03:37 AM

Iʻve been using my tool cabinet for over a year and so far I havenʻt run out of space. When I buy a new tool, I sometimes have to rearrange the tools but so far it has worked. I donʻt know how many tools you have now.

Check it out and see what you think. Maybe it will give you some ideas.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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