Shop Improvements #1: Tool Cabinet

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Blog entry by pastorglen posted 01-14-2011 06:17 AM 2204 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend of mine works for a lumber company that trims the ends of their kiln dried wood. The pile is periodically burned, so employees are permitted to take home whatever they want from the scrap pile. My friend uses his wood to heat his house. Last year he shared a good load with me, and from those scraps I built this tool cabinet.

Hand-cut joinery, hand-planed raised panel. Working on a pair of drawers and the finish.

My only problem is trying to figure out how to arrange the tools inside (i.e., what tools should be included, layout, etc.) Any thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 06:31 AM

It’s really beautiful. Depending on your tools of course, I’d say it should a little like the following after you arrange the tools inside:

: )


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Orion Woods

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 08:57 AM

LOL Bill, the Studley tool chest eh? Tall order! Maybe try a layout a little less…ummm…well I think you get it. That thing is awesome though! Yours too Glen! I would say planes and chisels etc, check out some of the other cabinets on here, there are some good ones. I am building a cabinet myself, mine will be a mix of power tools and hand tools so I’m afraid my layout (which isn’t completely planned yet) won’t help much.

-- Brian

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:28 AM

LOL, Bill!! That’s an amazing tool chest! I’ve been pretty impressed with the projects posted here. I sort of feel like a peewee league football player suiting up for the Rose Bowl.

You’re right, too, Brian. Thanks for your encouragement. I look forward to interacting this group.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 03:52 PM


Nicely done, and I love the windows. Can’t wait to see it filled. That was the part that took me a lot of time. Especially all the small tool holders. Looking real good !!! And when it’s done, it’s so easy to keep things organized. Everything has a place, and everything in it’s place.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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