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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 08-04-2014 11:36 PM 1193 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2014 11:36 PM

Getting interested in a hanging tool cabinet. Tired of my tools getting rusty, even after oiling. I don’t mind having to oil, but having thousands in hand tools, it’s worth it to store them properly.

Those of you with hanging tool cabinets, what would you add to yours looking back? Or anything you’d do differently?

I found one image of the center section containing the planes, on an incline, with the doors having saws and the like with drawers below the planes.

There are a lot of hand tools i don’t yet have but will likely aquire and I’d like to leave room for them in the future.

Any suggestions? Also feel free to post yours.

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 03:36 AM

Hey lateralus819

My cabinet is a work in progress. Here’s a couple of pics to see what I have achieved so far. i plan on adding a second panel in front of the chisels that will hold my squares and various measuring tools. This panel will swing out to allow access to the chisels behind. My woodworking skills are at the begginer level so I’ve opted for the KISS theorum (Keep It Simple, Stupid) for this project.



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#2 posted 08-05-2014 04:12 AM

I’ve wanted to build one for ages. I have all my hand tools lined up for planning it out, but I have yet to start.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 04:04 PM

Okay – here is a picture of mine – the main case is 1/2 plane till / 1/2 saw till (with a few drawers below) and the 2 doors hold chisels/rasps on the right, drilling/marking on the left…

-- Andrew

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 08:17 PM

Andrew, i really like that what are the dims?

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 08:40 PM

The main case is 40” x 40” – each door is 1/2 that – so it opens up to 80” x 40”. I think the main case is shy of 12 inches deep and the doors are shy of 4 inches deep. So closed up it is 15” deep or so. Made from birds eye and other figured maple. I wanted to be able to reach the miter box on top and tuck a bench below, and I didn’t want to cover the windows flanking it on left and right – so that drove the dimensions.

I started by marking the case out on the wall using blue tape and making sure I could reach stuff easily. I also wanted it to be a shallow as possible (to not block windows) but still have enough depth for the leaning plane till. So that drove the depth.

The miter box saw and my long straight edges are too big to fit inside – they ride outboard (behind the doors).

I’ve only been using it for 8 months or so – so far I am satisfied with the design. I still have a little room for growth, and if I needed to, I can reconfigure the inside (nothing is glued – it is all fitted / screwed).


-- Andrew

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 08:24 PM

I’ve changed mine around a couple of times, but the basics have remained the same… Planes in middle, chisels and layout on the left, and saws on the right. Now there is a small saw till in the middle and I added a small bank of drawers. I found that there were alot of small parts and tools that were floating around the bottom of the case and needed a home!

-- AndyS, Pendleton, IN,

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