Roll Around Tool Cabinet #1: Construction of Case and Milling Hardwood Parts

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-19-2017 06:36 AM 2182 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My woodshop is in my 3-car garage. Being a garage woodshop I believe as many others do that virtually everything should be mobile. All of my major power equipment are on mobile bases: table saw, jointer, planer, bandsaw, floor drill press as well as my workbench and assembly tables.

I have a few items related to my auto mechanic toolsets, toolboxes, etc that I used to just keep on the garage floor. Recently I have stacked them on a 2 by 4 plywood sheet that I have on a roll around dolly. I have decided to build the Woodsmith Roll Around Tool Cabinet plan. This will be a nice large cabinet in which I can store some of my nice tools as well as all of those items I have stacked on that 2 by 4 sheet of plywood.

One of the reasons I chose this cabinet plan is that it will be my first time building anything using frame and panel construction methods. I have watched others construct frame and panels. It seems straight forward but no one can really judge that well until you do the work yourself. That is how I see this.

Since I have cut, glued and screwed together the case work, I have been milling the lumber parts for the frame and panel work. I can tell all ready that there is a lot of work to it and there are a lot of parts to make. I haven’t even started to cut the panels yet.

I think this tool cabinet will be a very worthwhile experience to make. One thing I am learning already is that this tool cabinet will not be cheap. The bills are already mounting up.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 12:47 AM

I agree. You will love it but…it is expensive.
I have had the plans for a slant top tool chest for a couple of years but i never built it due the cost compared to a Craftsman metal tool chest from Sears. I went the the Craftsman tool chest (heck of a sale too) and pocketed the rest of the money for a future project.
I was disappointed that I didn’t get to build it but that’s just one of the give and takes I guess.

Enjoy your build and keep the pictures coming!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 01:50 AM

As with most new projects of our own, cost can affect the outcome.

Your toolbox is still going to be nice.

I use a lot of salvage wood as that fits my budget the best. It does limit the projects though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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