Wall Tool Cabinet

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 05-21-2014 09:03 PM 53823 views 101 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in March of this year I started to build my wall tool cabinet. If you want to look at the initial post of the build it was 60 days ago. I’m sure you can find it on my home page if you want to look. Unfortunately I have no idea how to add the link to this project page??

Anyway, I was tired and frustrated of looking for hand tools in the tool chest, which can be seen to the right of the Cab in the first image. Each time I opened a drawer I could hear and feel tool steel clattering against one another, so before I smashed them all to bits I built the cab. It has taken me until now to decide where to put each tool. Best laid plans an d all that, some of the tools didn’t fit where they were supposed to. I took the time to shellac and wax each holder, why? I don’t know, just seemed right.

As you can see I managed to pack a lot in there. So now I will be more able to find an individual tool. Some of the tools still need to be cleaned and honed but that will be an ongoing process as I begin to use them again.

It is made of 18mm Baltic birch ply why sappele door trim. Dovetailed at the corners and hung with a French cleat 12mm back panel.

Dims are 41×36 x 15”

The only real issue I had was that the wall of the shop is obviously not flat, when I installed the cleat and hung the doors the misalignment threw the doors out. I had to loosen the cleat bolts and pack a shim. It was out by 12mm.

Well thats it about done, except for a couple of little bits and bobs I will need to shoe horn in somehow.

Thanks for looking.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 09:09 PM

Wow! Great job making the most out of your space. Fabulous design.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 09:11 PM

great looking cabinet, big project and well done, you will enjoy it for years to come, compliments!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 09:12 PM

Move over H O Studley, there’s a new work of art in town! Nice design, great tools.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 09:17 PM

Jay, Jim and Kevin – thanks for the kind words.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 09:18 PM

Good job, now you just need tools to fill it :-p

Great looking.

-- Jeff NJ

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Jim Rowe

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 09:45 PM

Fantastic piece of engineering! You must have lots of empty spaces now in the shop. Time to get some more tools?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 09:46 PM

Fantastic organization! I can easily see how it took you two months to finish—in fact, with the detail you’ve incorporated it’s impressive that you were able to actually do all that work in two months and work full time as well. I wouldd observe that it’s a shame you don’t have enough tools to fill your master piece. ;-) LOL. Thanks for posting, and I believe this is the link to your original post:

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 05-21-2014 10:08 PM

That’s beautiful in both appearance and function, thank you for sharing it.

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#9 posted 05-21-2014 10:17 PM

Wow! What a nice collection of tools and a nice new home for them. Looks great.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 05-21-2014 10:29 PM

I certainly agree that H. O. Studley has competition. Wow, and such great selection of hand tools. You’re in the big leagues.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#11 posted 05-21-2014 10:29 PM

That looks fantastic.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#12 posted 05-21-2014 11:22 PM

Great job on the wall tool cabinet. Excellent layout and implementation of different ways to store and make space for such a wide variety of different tools. I made a cabinet about a year ago and it has really helped with having the correct tool where it can be quickly found. Very impressive!

-- Michael A. Norman

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#13 posted 05-21-2014 11:37 PM

Fantastic job, buddy. It all looks stunning. I hope it works a treat for you.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#14 posted 05-22-2014 12:11 AM

That’s a lot of cool tools packed into one neat tidy package. Nice.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#15 posted 05-22-2014 01:08 AM

Superb! Nice engineering in storage…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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