Traditional German Tool Cabinet #2: Traditional German Tool Cabinet

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Blog entry by Waldschrat posted 02-15-2010 04:12 PM 14243 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, Here is my first Blog. Hope you like it, here it goes…

So I was looking at some tool Cabinets and I decided it was time, after being asked by a number couple fellow woodworkers, to post some plans on building a what I consider a typical, unchanged for many years, German style Cabinetmakers’ tool Cabinet.

I made some drawings and I hope they are adequate for everyone. I am not certian as to if this even interest anybody, but if there are any questions, or anyone needs some help or needs to store a certian tool, then let me know, perhaps I can add a certian detail or two.

I think it should be said, although this is not like the famous Studly tool cabinet… which houses close to 300 tools, (impressive, but I do not think that is, for my tastes a bit too compact). With this tool cabinet, the Cabinet maker (or woodworker in general) should be able to house all the hand tools he needs on a regular basis, excluding very large saws, or very large squares.

-5 Hand planes
-A Variety of Chisels
-At least 3 Saws (western or eastern)
-Screw drivers
-Bit driver and bits
-Marking Gauge
-Large and smaller Squares
-3 files or rasps (round or square)
-Pencils & Sharpeners, erasers
-Mitre gauge

Of course it all depends on what kind of work one is performing… but these are the standard tools of the Cabinet maker and the minimum that one should have in his cabinet at a reach.

Ok Feedback is welcome here, but since this is the pattern more or less of the Cabinet makers here tried and tested for many years (if not centuries), there is not much say, as this is more of an example… so with that being said, opinions are welcome or any cool new ideas or new takes, or if I forgot something (which can happen!)

So with out further ado, here is a section, cut towards the middle and an elevation cut somewhere around the top.

have fun!

vertical section


-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 04:20 PM

Looks like a good start.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 04:22 PM

Looks good friend! Where are you in Germany? I am stationed in Ansbach for the US Army. I am deployed right now to Iraq, but maybe when I get back we can meet up and share each others ideas.

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 04:23 PM

shuold there have been a drawing
thankĀ“s it just showed up


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#4 posted 02-15-2010 04:30 PM

Please don’t stop your blog Its fastenating and I for one am looking forward to seeing as you develop it. In America most woodworkers develop their ow cabinet, shelves, drawer of what ever suits them and their space best and there is no standard pattern.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 06:31 PM

I am sorry guys, I am a rookie at bloggin something… rtb and 3fingerpat, do you guys mean by ”following” or ”not stopping” meaning I should post the steps involved? I know it may sound like a stupid question, but if thats whats required, not a problem… do I include a cut list as well? video?

I guess I should read a blog on blogging! (if one exists)


-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 11:32 PM

I am planning to make a cabinet in the next few months and my searches keep bringing me back to your project and this one ( which is very similar. Now that you’ve shared these superb drawings, my mind is clear.

You should continue to write your blog. You obviously have a lot of knowledge about traditional methods and a passion for fine details, so I’m sure that anything that you can share will be appreciated.

Thanks for posting.

-- John

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 11:43 PM

I think he already has build it

I realy wood see it with tools inside it


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#8 posted 02-16-2010 07:54 AM

I envy your drawing abilities…excellent…and very complete.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 02:24 PM

Alright first of all thanks for all the comments!

3 fingerpat… I see what you are getting at… ok I guess I will have to build another one, why not. I just thought that posting the plans under the project page was not correct, so I thought It would be better under a blog, as I had mentioned earlier, there were some requests for plans, and I though, “Why not just post some rough plans on a blog?” Thank you for answering my question.

Dennis, is right, I have already built a couple of these guys, I have one posted under my project page.

I will add some stuff in the near future, maybe this week sometime.

Thanks for reading and checking it out you all!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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