Hand Tools Cabinet #1: It all begins with a box

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 02-06-2009 11:12 PM 4733 reads 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw this design in a finewoodworking article, and really liked the design, and functionality of the piece, and decided to follow along. I did not use FWW plans, but created my own to fit my space, and needs, while keeping the general design, and concept of the FWW piece in mind. (I made mine, smaller, and shallower then FWW cabinet, also the interior is much different).

This is basically a fingerjointed box that the doors are cut off from (to match grain) and hinged on a piano hinge. pretty straight forward.

the inside is still a mess, I basically just dumped everything inside just so that I can use the space.

Next would be making the cabinet to use.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 11:27 PM

A wall cabinet is one of the higher priority items on my “to do” list. I guess I need to move the “install dry wall on shop wall” higher on the list, then I would have a place to put it. Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 11:32 PM

This is a nice tool cabinet that has a lot of storage space. It is a nice addition to your shop, I am sure, as it keeps your tools, clean, organized and readily available. I have been thinking about building something like this. I have a lot of tools stored on a pegboard wall and while, they are readily available, they tend to collect dust and have fallen off the pegboard. This looks like a better alternative.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 11:45 PM

Very nice cabinet! I love the detail.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 01:29 AM

A friend at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers is making one like this. He screwed up and cut the doors the wrong direction. Because he also changed the dimensions of the box.

He was over at my place looking for a piece of wood to salvage what he had and I suggested that he might want to veneer the doors so that the saw cut across the side would not show.

He’s picked out the veneer, but we haven’t started the veneer work.

Yours looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-19-2014 03:50 PM


Do you have this box plan? Love the organization. Also love that there is someone out there that is just as picky about where and how the tools should hang. What was the wood you used? LueyD

-- LueyD

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#6 posted 06-19-2014 03:51 PM

Sharon, I see that you have posted the new pic of the box I was wondering what to do with my planers Love to get them hung as well LueyD

-- LueyD

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#7 posted 06-19-2014 04:36 PM

LueyD: yes, you can see the updated look in the upcoming posts in this blog series:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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